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Old 10-14-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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This little thread is a work in progress. This data has been gathered from a number of sources and I believe it to be factual. As with any historical undertaking the information gathered is directly dependant upon the accuracy of the original documentation. Unless you were there to see these cars ordered, built, invoiced and counted ... the best we can hope for is an educated guess. This is just such an educated guess as best I can compile it currently. I'll be adding to and editing this info for a while before I release a final version.

Please use this as you see fit and be patient as we try to document these cars better together.

Thanks and enjoy, Dean


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1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 facts , features and numbers.

The following information is intended for reference purposes only. It is a compilation of data from a number of sources including Marti Auto Works and original Ford Motor Company documents and other sources .

1973 Mustang production totals … 134,867
With Mach 1 package 35,439
With 351 Cobra Jet 9,885
With 351 CJ and 4 speed manual transmission 3,316

The 1973 Mustang was available in your choice of 5 different body configurations…
Body Code 65D - VIN code 01 - 2 door hardtop coupe 51,481
Body Code 63D - VIN code 02 - 2 door fastback coupe 10,820
Body Code 76D - VIN code 03 - 2 door convertible 11,853
Body Code 65F - VIN code 04 - 2 door Grande 25,274
Body Code 63R - VIN code 05 - 2 door Mach 1 35,439
Total 134,867

Base prices for each body style …
Convertible, standard $3,102
Coupe, standard $2,760
Coupe, Grande, standard $2,946
Fastback, standard $2,820
Fastback, Mach 1, standard $3,088

With your choice of 4 different engine options including …
VIN code L - 250 CID 6 cylinder making 88 horsepower at 3200 RPM
VIN code F - 302 CID 2V making 135 horsepower at 4200 RPM
VIN code H - 351 CID Cleveland 2-V making 154 horsepower at 4000 RPM
VIN code Q - 351 CID Cleveland “CJ” 4V making 266 horsepower at 4200 RPM

Manufactured in 1 of 3 different assembly plants in the good old USA …
VIN code - F - Dearborn, Michigan
VIN code - R - San Jose, California
VIN code - T - Metuchen, New Jersey

1973 Mustangs were equipped with the following options by percentage …
With automatic transmission… 90.4 %
With 3 speed manual transmission… 6.7 percent %
With 4 speed manual transmission… 2.9 %
With power steering … 92.9 %
With power brakes … 77.9 %
With tilt steering wheel … 5.6 %
With tinted glass … 62.8 %
With power windows … 3.2 %
With air conditioning … 56.2 %
With forged aluminum wheels … 5.7 %

Mach 1 info from Wikipedia …
In 1973, the Front end was changed to fit new bumper standards, and a new Mach 1 grille was made. In 1973, all Mustang models had the sportlamps changed to a vertical orientation at each end of the grill, and these lamps served double duty as the parking lamps also. This was necessary since the new-for-73 front bumper was larger and effectively blocked the view underneath the bumper, the previous location of the parking lamps. The Mach 1 graphics were also updated to a simpler, yet bolder design, which was necessitated by the change in the front bumper. Engine options remained the same. One of the most recognizable as well as popular features of the 71-73 Mach 1 is from this era, the 'NASA hood' featuring two NACA scoops. The standard version featured block-off plates in the scoops, so it was a visual, non-functional item. However, they could be made fully functional on models ordered with the 'ram-air' option. This included vacuum controlled 'flappers' at each scoop, and a huge fiberglass underhood 'plenum' that directed cool, outside air into the carburetor for increased performance. The ram-air option included a two-tone hood paint treatment in either 'matte black' or 'argent' (matte silver), coordinated to the color of the Mach 1 decal and striping. In addition, all ram-air equipped Mustangs of this generation came equipped with big twist-style chrome-plated hood lock pins.

Mustang options and pricing …

302 CID 2V standard in Mach 1 , in others ( $87 )
351 CID 2V ( $128 )
351 CID Cobra Jet 4V including 55 amp alternator , heavy duty 55 amp battery , special intake manifold , special valve springs and dampers , large capacity 4300 D carburetor , 2.5 inch diameter dual exhaust , special camshaft , 4 bolt main caps on engine block , requires Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission with 3.25 rear axle ratio OR 4 speed manual transmission with 3.50 rear axle ratio , power front disc brakes and competition suspension ( $194 )
California emissions ( $14 )
Select shift Cruise-O-Matic transmission ( $204 )
Four speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter , except 6 cylinders ( $193 )
Power front disc brakes , standard on Conv , required with 351 ( $62 )
Power windows ( $113 )
Power steering , required with tilt wheel ( $103 )
Selectaire Air conditioning with heavy duty cooling package ( $368 )
Console in Grande ( $53 ) , in other models ( $68 )
Convenience group including trunk light , glove compartment light , map light , underhood light , lights on warning buzzer , under dash courtesy lights , parking brake warning light and glove compartment lock ( $46 )
Electric window defroster except convertible or 6 cylinder ( $57 )
Tinted glass convertible ( $14 ) others ( $ 36 )
Instrumentation group including tachometer , trip odometer , oil pressure gauge , temperature gauge , ammeter gauge , included with Mach 1 sports interior , not available on 6 cylinder , on Grande without console ( $55 ) others ( $ 71 )
Color Keyed dual racing mirrors standard on Mach 1 and Grande, others ( $23 )
AM radio ( $15 )
AM/FM stereo radio ( $191)
Sport deck rear seat ( fold down ) sports roof , Mach 1 only ( $86 )
Deluxe three-spoke Rim-blow steering wheel ( $35 )
Tilt - away steering wheel , power steering required ( $41 )
Deluxe leather wrapped two spoke steering wheel ( $23 )
Stereo-Sonic tape system , AM radio required ( $120 )
Intermittent windshield wipers ( $23 )
Optional axle ratios ( $12 )
Traction Lok differential ( $43 )
Heavy duty 70 amp battery , standard on air conditioning equipped ( $14 )
Extra cooling package , standard with Selectaire , n/a on 6 cylinders ( $13 )
Dual Ram induction , 351 2 barrel V-8 including functional NACA-type hood with black or argent two-tone paint , hood lock pins , RAM-AIR hood decals ( $58 )
Rear deck spoiler , Sports roof or Mach 1 only ( $29 )
Competition suspension including extra heavy duty front and rear springs , extra heavy duty shock absorbers , standard Mach 1 , not available on six cylinders ( $28 )
DeLuxe seat and shoulder belts , standard convertible except shoulder belts ( $15 )
DeLuxe bumper group with rear bumper inserts & full width horizontal strip ( $25 )
Rear bumper guards ( $14 )
Décor group, including black or argent lower bodyside paint with bright upper edge moldings , unique grille with sport lamps, trim rings with hubcaps , deletes rocker panel and wheel lip mouldings, with décor group ( $51 )
Door edge guards, included with protection group ( $6 )
Color keyed floor mats ( $13 )
Metallic glow paint ( $35 )
Two tone hood paint , Mach 1 ( $18 ) others ( $34 )
Protection group including vinyl-indert body side moldings , spare tire lock , door edge guards, deletes body side tape stripe on Grande, not available on Mach 1 or with décor group ( $23 ) , others ( $36 )
Vinyl roof hardtops including C-pillar tri colo ornament, standard Grande ( $80 )
Three quarter vinyl roof, sportsroof only ( $52 )
Mach 1 sports interior , V-8 sports roof , Mach 1 only including knitted vinyl trim, high back b
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Great info. I am looking forward to the final version.
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