November '15

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 68 of 135

November 2015 The Shop 63 performance tangs," said automotive writer Nicky Wright of the small-sized, second-generation cars, "it had become the choice of elderly ladies, school teachers, nice people who wanted to be just a little daring without really being noticed." There were two different body styles of the Mustang II: a three-door hatchback and a notchback coupe; no convertibles. The hatchback kept the Mustang's former fastback roof design alive and there was an upscale Ghia version of the notchback that was much plusher. In fact, the overall build quality of the car was improved for ride quality, thanks to lots of insulation and sound-deadening materials. A way to make the car ride better and handle bumps better than a Pinto was a small sub-structure piece of steel that fitted below the transmission area and was rubber isolated. It worked to prevent vibrations from entering the body structure. Meanwhile, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder power and 2.8-liter V-6 power were the two engines offered; however, a 302-ci V-8 came in 1975, available with automatic transmission. The Mustang II carried on until the end of the 1978 model year, and it has been said that there could have been no way Ford planners would have foreseen the conditions that would prevail at introduction time when the new, smaller car was being planned. In all, some 1,107,718 Mustang IIs were sold during the five- Now past their 50 th anniversary, Mustangs of all ages have gathered a loyal following of die-hard enthusiasts, customizers and racers. Body changes and various engine choices have kept the Mustang inter- esting and relevant over the decades. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Trim Lok Restyler ad.pdf 1 7/22/15 12:44 AM

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

view archives of THE SHOP - November '15