The federally-mandated center high-mounted brake light was mounted on the now-standard rear spoiler for hatchbacks, inside the bottom of the rear window of the notchback and on the rear edge the standard luggage rack on convertibles. Standing quarter-mile times ranged from 17 seconds at 85 mph for the V-8 to 19. Exterior trim on both the 1980 and 1981 Cobras was black, including the door handles, key locks, antenna, and sail panels. Smoother,less bulky sides and integrated bumpers, that made the old ones just look chunky were revealed. In 1989, the mustang's speed density air system was replaced with a mass air system.
This would be the last carbureted V8 in the Mustang. The platform was newer 1978 and the suspension, even in larger cars, such as the Fairmont, received positive reviews for it's road manners and stable rack and pinion steering when compared to many of it's domestic and European competition. Neither provides particularly good lateral support, and their softness promises some muscle miseries on extended trips. The instrument panel, of course, is an expanse of fake wood, but it's just moderately offensive. Also for 1993, Limited Edition models featured a Chrome Yellow exterior with black or white leather interior, or a Vibrant white exterior with white leather interior. Rear spoilers were not included on the 1979 models, as they made their debut on the mid year introduction of the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica. The three door versions also has Ghia exclusive color keyed window frames, louvers and dual remote mirrors, bright belt and rocker panel moldings accented with pin stripes.
Although the new Mustang is quite a radical departure from its forebears, it wasn't a quick-build cranked up to take advantage of rapidly shifting market trends, or to meet some federally mandated fuel-economy requirement. As so often happens with Indy pacers, the public was offered a replica. Use Classics on Autotrader's intuitive search tools to find the best classic car, muscle car, project car, classic truck, or hot rod. Lee Iacocca Leaves Ford In June 1978, as the 1979 model year was in full swing, Ford set industry tongues a-wagging with word that Lee Iacocca was out of a job after 32 years. It came to life in the normal five-year gestation period. These Mexican built Mustangs had a hybrid appearance from 1981 until 1984, using some Mercury Capri body parts. The Ghia option, continued and was made available as a coupe and a hatchback and was as luxurious as ever.
The Ford engineers I talked with at the press introduction this summer said management had dictated from day one that the new Mustang would have the best handling of any production Ford ever, and that it would look good, go quickly, and stop as it should. The 1979 Cobra 17,579 produced featured black grille, trim and moldings, as well as black lower body paint. All Cobras came equipped with a small, center mount non functional hood scoop to provide clearance for the air cleaner due to the turbocharged 2. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. Ford claimed to have changed how they rated the 5. The unique front fascia featured an offset hood intake duct for the turbo intercooler and a grill-less nose with sunken single rectangular sealed beam headlamps, flush inboard parking lamps and wraparound outer turn signal lamps.
The controls for wipers, washers, lights, horn, and turn signals are on column stalks and easy to reach and operate. We just rented one to haul our 70 Mach1 from Kansas City area to Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise and it pulled great for a 1800 mile round trip, too bad we went from 23mpg on the 2016 F-150 Ecoboost to 16mpg. Johnson had a race win in the Group A support race for the , as well as several placings in the and. Classics on Autotrader is your one-stop shop for the best classic cars, muscle cars, project cars, exotics, hot rods, classic trucks, and old cars for sale. Mustang fans quickly responded and sent Ford hundreds of thousands of letters, asking them to save the rear-wheel drive Mustang.
Although the new model had a 4. Production Numbers: 66B 2dr Sedan: 156,666 61R 3dr Hatchback: 120,535 66H 2dr Sedan Ghia: 56,351 61H 3dr Hatchback Ghia: 36,384 Total: 369,936 Available Engines: 2. Archived from on 7 February 2012. Enthusiasts group the generation into two segments: the 1979—1986 cars, with their quad headlight arrangement, and the 1987—1993 cars, with their aerodynamic composite headlamps and front fascia styling. The 1980 Cobra 5,550 produced and the 1981 Cobra 1,821 produced received a new front bumper and air dam with fog lights, non functional cowl-type hood scoop, and rear spoiler all carried over from the earlier Pace Car replicas. The automaker had plans this engine would usher in a new era in performance. In 1993, with no explanation as to why, Ford switched to cast eutectic pistons in all 5.
They subsequently announced that they would replace the rear-wheel drive Mustang with a -derived front-wheel-drive version. A Cobra R model was also produced for 1993 that used the same engine as the regular Cobra. Ford countered with the Cobra R, essentially a street legal racing version. Ford sold a total of 17,579 of these Cobras and there were rumors of the 2. As a note, the Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr were introduced as new models in 1978.
TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. Basically a sleeved-down 302, it produced 120 hp 89 kW , the lowest power ever for a Mustang V8. Through its retirement in 1993, there would be few changes in the model line, but the changes would be visual. Third generation Overview Manufacturer Production 1978—1993 1979—1993 Assembly , , , Jack Telnack 1976 Body and chassis 2-door 2-door 3-door Related Powertrain 2. There was an R model Cobra in 1993 that used the same 302 in³ motor as the regular Cobra. The production cars included a sunroof.
Models and Body Styles Three different models were offered, in various trim levels. Some writers thought the V-8 had too much power for its chassis and was out of step with gasoline prices that were starting to rise again. The straight-six took close to 13. The interior received an all new dash, center console and revised seat and door trim. Any usage or mentions of these terms throughout our website and print ads are used for identification purposes only. There are two types of buckets available—the standard high-back units, and an extra-cost, better-looking low-back version.