LOW OWNERSHIP, WELL-MAINTAINED, 351 V8, AUTO, LOADED W/OPTIONS, RECORDS, GR8 CAR
Call me crazy, but I'm having a hard time getting over the price tag on this 1973 Mustang convertible. Classic ponycar fun with a top that goes down, a strong-running 351 under the hood, factory A/C, and zero rust, all for the price of a used Toyota? Heck, at this price, I'll take two!
Coming from long-term ownership (more than 30 years!), this car has led a good life. It was repainted in 1991 using a 1974 color called Saddle Bronze, and it looks every bit as good today as it did in 1974. In fact, it may even look better on the '73 models with their urethane front bumpers and ducted hood. As a southern car all its life, this Mustang shows no rust or signs of previous problems in any of the usual areas, and the finish still looks great. Is it show quality? Not really, but you'll definitely get a lot of admiring glances as you motor down the road and queries whether it's for sale when you stop for gas. It's the kind of car that makes folks fall in love and get all nostalgic, and that's entirely the point of owning a vintage Mustang. The black stripes, hood, and lower cladding make it look long and sleek in profile, and it still shows the classic long nose/short deck design that practically defined the pony car segment. There's still a bit of chrome, plus a blacked-out front grille and the three-element taillights, all of which make it instantly identifiable as America's favorite convertible.
The contrasting Ginger interior, complete with bucket seats and a console, gives it a sunny disposition and adds value. With beautifully upholstered seats that use correct materials and patterns, correct carpets, and door panels that are quite possibly original-issue, it shows extremely well. You'll notice a lot of options on this particular Mustang convertible, including A/C, power windows (rare!), power seat, power antenna, and an aftermarket AM/FM/cassette stereo radio. The original gauges cover speed and fuel level, along with a relatively unusual tachometer that was actually an extra cost option, plus there's a clock in the center console. A newer black power convertible top matches the stripes and ties it all together, and with a glass rear window it seals up better than most of its peers. There's also a matching Ginger tan boot for when the top is down, which I'm sure will be most of the time. The trunk is clean and fitted with a correct mat and spare tire cover, plus a set of subwoofers for the stereo.
Originally equipped with a 302, it was swapped out for a burly 351 Cleveland, which was famous for its performance in the Boss 351 of 1971. In this car, it makes a big difference in performance thanks to an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. With about 15,000 miles on the rebuild, it starts easily and runs great, offering snappy performance and a great underhood look that's clean and uncluttered. Lots of new parts show an owner that really loved this car and while there are plenty of upgrades, none of it erases any of the car's Mustang personality. The 3-speed automatic has quick reflexes and an easy-going nature, and the 9-inch is full of easy-cruising gears so it's ready for a Sunday afternoon trip just about anywhere convertibles are welcome. Cool aluminum wheels are the period perfect addition and sport spinners and recent BFGoodrich T/A radials, which complete the look.
A really nice, entry-level collectable that's sure to bring a smile to your face, this Mustang is one of those rare cars that under-promises and over-delivers. Call today!
- Engine Size
- 351 Cleveland V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Color
- Saddle Bronze
- Body Style
- 15,078 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console