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1972 – 1973 Mustang the Death of the Classic American Muscle Car

1972 Mustang – the Classic Mustang Era Comes to an End

The 1972 Mustang lost more power with the elimination of the Boss 351. This left the Mach 1 as the Mustang’s only performance vehicle. This marked the end of the classic Mustang era.

In an effort to reduce emissions and comply with Federal regulations, the compression ratios were lowered. The 429s were gone along with the Boss 351.

Except for the changes in lowering performance, the Mustang did not undergo any real changes. For the first time in the Mustang’s history, the front grille went unchanged. As a testament to the changing times and the shift from performance muscle car to more of a luxury vehicle, the standard hardtop was the best selling model for the year. The top option in engines was the 351 Cleveland, sporting 275 bhp.

As the once sleek, sporty little Mustang moved into the new era, sales began to slump. In 1972, sales were at their lowest since the Mustang’s unveiling slumping at 111,015.

1973 Mustang the Death of the Classic American Muscle Car

The 1973 production year marked the end of the legendary generation of the Ford Mustang. The high performance engines were almost a thing of the past as they decreased in availability. 1973 was also the last year of the Mustang convertible until they were resurrected in 1983. The era of the classic Mustang drew to a close, leaving behind a rich history while the Mustang II debuted in 1974.

The First Generation of the Pony Car Ended

Emissions regulations really began to cramp Ford’s style as it throttled output and performance. Power ratings dropped even further as the 302 plummeted to a mere 135 horsepower and the two 351s that were left (the renowned Windsor and two barrel Cleveland) were whittled down to just a little over 150 horsepower each.

In an effort to keep with the changing times, Ford began to rethink the Mustang and 1973 was the last year to see the classic muscle car. At its prime, the Mustang was powerful and sleek, the be all, end all pony car.




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