Ford Mustang II History Part 1


The Ford Mustang hit the streets in 1964 and was an instant success.  The Mustang GT, G.T. 350, G.T 500, Mach 1, Boss 302 and Boss 429 cemented the Ford Mustang name in the history books of American motoring.  But by the early 1970s, new horsepower rating systems combined with emission concerns, a looming fuel crisis, and rapidly increasing fuel prices, people were shying away from the throaty gas guzzling V8s.  Ford Motor Company was facing another problem, the growing popularity of Japanese imports and their tiny cars with highly efficient engines.  All of these variables combined to gradually decrease the sales of Ford Mustangs over the first few years of the 1970's.

When the 1974 redesign of the Ford Mustang came about, the change was quite a shock to the performance car enthusiast market.  While the horsepower ratings had technically not decreased over the few years prior to 1974, the reporting methods had caused an apparent drop in power. Ford Motor Company had spent the early 1970's dropping the big block, and several smaller, V8's. Sales for 1972 and 1973 dipped as low as the partial year numbers from 1964, and Ford knew that something had to be done.  Ford decided on a new car redesign Mustang fans had never seen without any physical or mechanical likeness to the original.  Even the name was changed, as it was no longer the Ford Mustang; it was now the Ford Mustang II.

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