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1973 Ford Mustang

1973 was the final year for the first generation Mustang, influenced by 'Bunkie' Knudsen, the former GM executive who was instrumental in Pontiac's dramatic turnaround during the 1950s. The 1971 through 1973 Mustang series was the ultimate expression of Ford Motor Company's original 'Ponycar.' They offered the luxury and big-block performance engines which buyers were demanding. They were the largest Mustangs up to this point, with larger engine bays to provide greater ease of access for service and regular maintenance. Wheelbase length grew by one inch to 109 inches. The 1971-1973 cars were only Wheelbase length grew by one inch to 109 inches, despite their larger visual presence, and weighed only an approximate 3,000 pounds as shipped.

Styling was European GT-influenced, with a long, wide hood, a broad grille design, and wraparound 1969-1970 Shelby GT-style front bumper. The Mustang Milano concept car, which had been introduced in February of 1970 at the Chicago Auto Show, gave a preview of various styling elements that would appear on the 1971-1973 Mustangs. Among those features was the Sportsroof body style that had a nearly flat roofline sloping gently below the horizontal plane. Along with the Sportsroof, production Mustangs could also be purchased as a Convertible or a more formal hardtop coupe with a tunneled rear window and flying buttress.

The twin-cove dash interior design continued, along with deeply tunneled instruments, and a prominent center stack housing the climate controls and radio. As the marketplace had shifted away from higher horsepower ratings of the late 1960s, and towards luxury by the early 1970s, the Mustang was available with many optional items. Most Mustangs received tinted glass, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, and automatic transmissions.

Slight modifications and updates were made for 1972 and 1973, including revised nameplate scripts, a new trim package (in 1972) which added aggressive Mach 1-style appearance, and available color-keyed front bumpers.

Revisions for 1973 included framed headlamps, upright parking lamps, and a new grille-insert design. Engine choices included an inline-six, plus the 302 V-8 and Cleveland or Windsor 351 V-8s in two or four-barrel tune. 1973 would be the final year for the performance-oriented Mach 1. After 1973, the convertible body style would not be available from Dearborn's factories until 1983.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

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1973 Vehicle Profiles

1973 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 3F03F237323

When Ford introduced the Mustang sports coupé part way through the 1964 season, they created a new class of car almost overnight, catching the rest of the US auto industry off guard. It was the Brainchild of Lee Iacocca - subsequent savior of the Chr....[continue reading]

1973 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Grande

Chassis Num: 3F04H259083

This 1973 Ford Mustang Grande 2-door Coupe has just 199 original miles. It was put aside when new by a Ford dealer exactly as it was received from Ford. It has never even been pre-delivery prepared and has been preserved carefully and consistently si....[continue reading]

1973 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 3F03F221890

This Ford Mustang Convertible is powered by a re-built 302 CID V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission. It has power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, new trunk carpet, new power top, and a Blue tonneau cover.....[continue reading]

1973 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 3F03H224067

This Ford Mustang Convertible is powered by a 351 Cleveland engine backed by an automatic transmission. It has a power convertible top, power brakes, and air conditioning. Its exterior is bright green gold with light ivy green interior.....[continue reading]

1973 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 3F03H256023

This 1973 Ford Mustang convertible is powered by the correct 351 Cleveland V-8 engine backed by a smooth-shifting C6 3-speed automatic transmission. It has the correct Ford 9-inch 2.75 ratio rear end, an AM/FM 8 track stereo, power steering, and powe....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 3F03F237323 
Grande
Chassis #: 3F04H259083 
Convertible
Chassis #: 3F03F221890 
Convertible
Chassis #: 3F03H224067 
Convertible
Chassis #: 3F03H256023 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1973 Mustang
$3,190-$52,000
1973 Ford Mustang Price Range: $2,765 - $3,190

Other 1973 Ford Models
$2,000 - $2,320

Mustang - Generation I

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 116.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 225.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 271.00hp
$2,368 - $2,612
559,451
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 200.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 225.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 271.00hp
$2,370 - $2,612
607,568
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 200.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 225.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 271.00hp
$2,415 - $2,650
108.00 in.
$2,590 - $2,695
472,121
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 271.00hp
8 cyl., 390.00 CID., 320.00hp
$2,460 - $2,695
317,148
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 115.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 390.00 CID., 280.00hp
8 cyl., 390.00 CID., 325.00hp
8 cyl., 428.00 CID., 335.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 390.00hp
$2,600 - $2,812
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 220.00hp
8 cyl., 390.00 CID., 225.00hp
8 cyl., 390.00 CID., 265.00hp
8 cyl., 428.00 CID., 335.00hp
8 cyl., 429.00 CID., 375.00hp
$2,615 - $3,120
108.00 in.
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 290.00hp
3,150
108.00 in.
8 cyl., 289.01 CID., 335.00hp
197,045
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 155.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 220.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 290.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 330.00hp
8 cyl., 428.00 CID., 360.00hp
8 cyl., 429.00 CID., 375.00hp
$2,720 - $3,715
108.00 in.
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 250.00hp
$3,270 - $3,270
108.00 in.
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 290.00hp
$3,720 - $3,720
151,428
109.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 150.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 210.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 240.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 240.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 330.00hp
8 cyl., 429.00 CID., 370.00hp
$2,910 - $4,120
1,800
109.00 in.
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 330.00hp
$4,120 - $4,120
102,589
109.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 98.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 163.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 256.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 266.00hp
$2,730 - $3,100
134,867
109.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 88.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 135.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 154.00hp
8 cyl., 351.00 CID., 156.00hp
$2,765 - $3,190
109.00 in.
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 141.00hp
$3,085 - $3,085

Industry Production

#1#2#3Ford
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,923,655
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,840,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,861,537
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,569,608
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,179,791
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,349,815
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,246,563
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)2,054,351
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)2,096,184
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)1,826,777
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)1,753,334

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