Alejandro de Tomaso sold Carrozzeria Ghia . design and build company come Ford in 1970, and not many years passed before Ford authorized dealer around the world sold Ghia cars to the masses. Yes, everything from Fiesta come Granada (both American and European like) features a Ghia coat of arms and Italian-influenced chic and style touches. Mustang II of course didn’t get kicked out of the Ghia party, and I found this option ’77 Mustang Record in a self-service yard in Denver.
According to the building sticker and buck tag, this car is a Ghia Hardtop, built at floor River Rouge Factory (now called ) Dearborn truck factory) and sold out in Denver. The paint color is Light Aqua Metallic and the vinyl roof half (now shaved) is also Aqua.
Yes, this is the car that was shipped straight from Dearborn to Denver, then sold at Fordland on 6th Avenue in Lakewood (now the location of Larry H. Miller Ford). That means this Mustang will be crushed within miles of where it was unloaded from a train and sold new nearly half a century ago. Does it spend time outside of this area? We will never know.
The original buyer of this car didn’t cut corners in the options department. The base engine in 1977 was a four-cylinder Pinto with 89 hp, with 93 hp Cologne V6 get out Capri as the first step up. However, this car has a large 302-inch engine (5.0 liters) Windsor V8, capacity 139 horsepower. The price of this engine added $294 to the cost of a $4,096 car (that’s about $1,390 and $19,365 today).
ONE four-speed manual transmission standards; if you want the three-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, it will cost you $248 (about $1,173 in 2021 dollars).
The real big-ticket purchase on a ’77 Mustang was the air conditioning, a very expensive luxury item in the past. Early Malayan Era. The salespeople at Fordland charged $443 (about $2,095 now) for the cold air in this car.
Yes, AM radio can be retrieved with an 8-track tape player in dark day of car audio, and that’s just what this car has to offer. Cost: $192 ($908 after inflation).
Add Mach I “stylish steel wheel with decorative ring” and all the other extras and you can see that options on this car could have added 50% to the cost of delivery, when the original buyer sign on a line with a dot. That’s how car buying was, for the most part, in 1977 in America.
The Mustang II is based on Pinto, making it light and fuel-efficient compared to beautiful Mustangs of the early 1970sand Ford sold over a million of these cars during their 1974-1978 sale. 43 years after the last Mustang II rolled, I still find many of these cars in large self-service yards. In fact, it’s easier to find Mustang IIs in the big yards than to find them junked Fox Mustangs today.
It’s a lot easier to make a Fox go faster than a Mustang II, which explains part of the reason why so many Mustang IIs are allowed to go head to head. Crusher, but the actual image problem of the Mustang II comes from Pinto’s Bloodline. When so many enthusiasts love these cars, they weren’t enough to save every neglected Mustang II from doom.
As a final outrage, the hot rodents are no more look for front suspension components from V8 powered Mustang IIs for their projects. A few decades ago, this would have been destroyed within minutes of the car showing up in a winery’s inventory… but today you can buy it aftermarket fertility kits looks better under you gow job.
By 1977 standards, the Mustang II was indeed a well-run car.