Ford Mustang II History Part 5: King Cobra


1978 offered the King Cobra, featuring a vastly different body look than the Cobra II. The front chin spoiler was replaced with a lower front fascia that ran along the bottom of the front bumper, wrapping around the front end, smoothing into the wheel wells. There was also a trim piece added to the front of the rear wheel wells, giving the front and rear wheel wells the same smooth, molded look.  The loud Cobra II striping and badging was removed for a more subtle "king cobra" logo on the rear of the doors -- the Cobra logo remained in the middle of the grille.  Replacing the Cobra II stripes were a wild tribal looking graphic on the hood and pin stripes galore, tracing just about every line of the vehicle.  Also on the hood, there was the addition of a rear facing hood scoop brazened with a "5.0" logo, similar to the logos found on the rear facing scoops of the Firebirds of similar years. The Kind Cobra could be ordered as both a hard top and a T-top, but only as a hatchback. Perhaps due to the King Cobra, or the addition of the fashion accessory package, or perhaps people knew that this would be the last year for the Mustang II and the last chance to own one, sales numbers were up in 1978 with over 192,000 units sold, second only to the first year of the Mustang II.

The Ford Mustang II, while not a great seller, got the Mustang through some possibly very tough times in automotive history, when some models (especially pony and muscle cars) died.  The Mustang II is typically considered among the least desirable of the Mustang generations, yet for those who owned one, or still own one, they are very popular with an almost cult-like following.  While not exactly an ideal pony car, the Mustang II is still a Mustang, and has made for a popular car to drop a bigger engine into for drag racing purposes thanks to their small, light stature.

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