1973 Mustang a Relic From the Old School Era of Trans Am Racing

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1973 Ford Mustang

Featuring a 351 V8 built by Jack Roush, and an impressive racing career, this racer hits the auction block May 29 to June 1. 

When we first saw this 1973 Mustang Trans Am series race car for sale at RM Sothebys we thought it perfectly embodied everything we love about series 1970s muscle. Its shape, its attitude, its dynamic style: It is Mustang at its finest. Then we realized that this car isn’t just a cool ride, it was an important player in the early days of Trans Am racing.

Trans Am racing kicked off in 1966. Different manufacturers modded sedans and coupes and took it to the track. Many consider 1968 to 1972 to be the “Golden Age” of the sport. Over time, its popularity weaned, partially due to its similarity to the IMSA GT Championship.

1973 Ford Mustang Trans Am

This car remains a fine example of that era’s mean machines. This particular vehicle was one of the last that Kar Kraft designed before Ford ended their relationship with factory-supported racing.

When Kar Kraft closed, two body-in-white cars were delivered to Ford. This one was put together by a team including new owner Ed Hinchliff of Hinchliff Racing, and former Kar Kraft chassis engineers Lee Dykstra and Mitch Marchi. The modified Windsor 351 V8 was built by Jack Roush of Roush Racing.

1973 Ford Mustang

The interior shows well-earned wear and tear from its time on the track. Other features are Girling four-piston aluminum brakes with large rotors, a factory Kar Kraft full floater rear axle with locker, a Ram Air intake system with a Holly NASCAR intake manifold, and a Jones tachometer.

It comes with SCCA log books to verify its racing record.

1973 Ford Mustang

This 1973 pony car truly embodies the Trans Am racing era. It is also a brawny Mustang that remains timeless, and could still kick ass and take names on the track.

If you are interested, you can bid online at RM Sotheby’s from May 29 to June 1.

Images: RM Sotheby’s

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications.

The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected]

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