The 1973 Ford Mustang, marks the end of a generation. It became a cornerstone in American consumerism because the oil crisis was coming up and the general public needed something more fuel efficient instead of the gas guzzling monsters the likes of the Mustang, even the sales of the 71’-73’ models weren’t as a good as those from the previous decade. But these days, the car is getting a newfound respect and interest collectors and enthusiasts.
History Of 1973 Ford Mustang
The First Generation is was manufactured from 1964 to 1973. This started the Pony Car trend and the sales went through the roof. But after that initial surge though, sales steadily declined but Ford kept making revisions until 1973 before changing gears to release the Mustang II in 1974. Changing tastes and a changing market were among the factors that lead to the decline in sales in the Mustang line, but Ford was trying their best to reverse this trend as it happened. The 71’-73’ models were made a little bigger than the previous ones in every way so that they could fit Ford’s big block 429 without the need for an extensive suspension redesign. The 1973 Ford Mustang body came in 5 models. There was the Coupe, the Sports Roof, Convertible, Grande and Mach . The Grande was a luxurious version of what the base model had to offer and the Mach I was the performance option.
1973 Ford Mustang Specifications
The base engine on the 73’ Mustang except the Mach 1 was a 250 six cylinder that did 98 horsepower. On the Mach I however, the base engine was a 302 eight cylinder engine that did 140 horsepower. There are two optional 351 V-8 engines upgrades. The first was a 2 valve 163 horsepower edition, and then the 4 valve 266 horsepower edition. A three speed manual transmission came standard with each model, but you could upgrade it to an automatic transmission. Those with a powerful V8 engine usually went for a 4 speed transmission, where you could choose to have either short or longer gear ratios.The 71’-73’ models have ordinary but tune-able underpinnings. Their live-axle rear suspensions used variable rate asymmetrical leaf springs and tube shocks were installed on the more powerful (351 or higher) engines. Base models used drum brakes on all four wheels. But optional for mid and mandatory on high powered 1973 Ford Mustang were front disc brake setups.