Fairly rare, the KC is the most collectible of the Mustang II generation.
On the heels of the 1977 hit film Smokey and the Bandit, Pontiac Trans Am sales went through the T-tops. Ford wanted a piece of the action. The Fox-body Mustang was still a year away, so Dearborn worked with what it had, the Mustang II hatch.
The seven available King Cobra color schemes included a Bandit-like black-and-gold model, and the graphics were clearly Trans Am-esque. Tiny 13-inch lace wheels, a front spoiler, a fake hood scoop with Ford’s first 5.0 graphic, and a four-speed stick were also included.
With so few survivors, they are head-turners today.
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]