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History of the 1974-1978 Ford Mustang II
The second generation Mustang was introduced in response to a growing demand for smaller, less extravagant cars during the embargo-induced fuel crisis of the 1970s. It was indeed the “right car at the right time” for the Blue Oval, selling more than a million units during its four-year run and being named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in its 1974 debut.
The focus on fuel efficiency meant there was no option for a V-8 engine in ’74 Mustangs, but by 1975 a very modest 140-hp V-8 was again optional. Midway through its sophomore season, the II gained a 2.3L four-cylinder “MPG” model that was capable of a claimed 34 highway mpg. In 1976, special appearance packages like the Cobra II offered various aesthetic items such as a simulated hood scoop, front and rear spoilers and cobra-themed graphics. For 1978, the last year for second generation Mustangs, Ford offered the II in a V-8-only King Cobra performance package in an attempt to reinforce the Mustang’s high-performance roots.
1976 Ford Mustang II Info
3dr 2+2 Coupe
6-cyl. 171cid/103hp 2bbl
4-cyl. 140cid/92hp 2bbl
8-cyl. 302cid/134hp 2bbl
Curb Weight: 2620 lbs.
Length: 175 in.
Wheel Base: 96.2 in.
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Disc Brakes
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