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Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang (United States of America, 1974-1978)

Ford > Mustang > Gen.2 [Mark II]
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History, Development and General Characteristics

Following the continuous enlargement of the first generation Mustangs until 1973, Ford decided to dramatically decrease its size to as close as possible to the original model. Thus, the second generation Mustang was launched in 1974.

Lee Iacocca, president of Ford at that time, thought that the original car had been replaced by a way too heavy and low-performance Mustang. Consequently, shape and styling, as well as the mechanical features, were all reformulated in order to give the car an appearance that was closer to the 1964 model but with a higher performance.

This model was also launched just two months before the first American “oil crisis” and in the end sales weren’t disappointing at all, at over 400.000 copies on the first year of production.



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Engine and Transmission

The second generation Mustang engine’s displacement ranged from 2.3 to 4.9 liters, producing a maximum of 140 hp.
No clear information on this model’s top speed is disclosed. It can be driven by a 4-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.



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Chassis

(no data)   Platform (no data)   Suspension (no data)   Steering Rack-and-pinion   Brakes (no data)



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Body and Design

The Mustang II was available for customers to acquire it either as 2-door hardtop coupé or as a 3-door hatchback.



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Trivia

Motor Trend magazine elected the Mustang II as Car of the Year for 1974.



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