When the 1975 Ford Mustang arrived on the scene, it was already an iconic car. A sporty 2+2 hatchback model was available, and the Cobra II trim was reminiscent of the Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. The Mustang was available only with an automatic transmission, and it also had a V8 engine. Here are some of the main changes from the 1974 model:
Cobra II trim option evoking the late, great Shelby-Mustangs
The Ford Mustang Cobra II trim package evokes the Shelby-Mustangs with its sporty design and limited performance options. The package was available on the Mustang II from 1976 to 1978, and is now increasing in popularity among Mustang enthusiasts who are restoring their old cars.
The 1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II trim option was available only on fastback models. It was designed by Jim Wangers, the man behind the legendary Pontiac GTO in the 1960s. The package cost $287 and included hood louvers, louvered rear quarter windows, and a simulated air scoop on the hood.
It was a special car. Featuring a 302 V-8 engine, power steering, and radial Goodrich tires, the Cobra II was a performance-oriented sports car. In a standing quarter-mile, it needed 17 seconds. This model was also available with gold accents against black paint, and featured color-coordinated cloth upholstery.
Sporty 2+2 hatchback model
The 1975 Ford Mustang was available in two body styles: a coupe and a hatchback. The Mustang II was offered with a choice of two engines: the base 2.3L SOHC I4 and a 2.8L V6 with up to 140 horsepower. Other options included a Ghia luxury package that added a metallic silver paint job, half vinyl roof and side stripes. The interior included cranberry-colored velor seats, a console, cloth headlining and sun visors.
The sporty 2+2 hatchback model was a small sporty vehicle that was designed for two adults in the front seats. It had a sporty appearance and was comfortable for short trips. The interior was equipped with a radio, CD player, and a Cd player.
It was a popular vehicle with its sporty appearance. Ford used a design studio that was recently acquired by Ford, and the result was a refined exterior design. In 1975, Ford offered two body styles: a practical hatchback and a T-top version with removable glass roof panels. Ford also offered special appearance packs featuring decals and custom exterior trim. Its sporty styling was a response to the Cobra II’s popularity.
V8 engine only available with automatic transmission
The 1975 Ford Mustang V8 engine only available with an automatic transmission was a major change from the previous model. It was a new, larger 302 cubic-inch V8 engine. This engine was specially designed to meet Federal emissions standards. The car’s engine was also the first V8 to be available only with an automatic transmission.
The 1975 Mustang V8 was a slightly bigger version of the original Ford Mustang. The new V8 produced 122 horsepower and required power brakes and steering. The new engine also required a catalytic converter, which was included on all Mustangs in 1975. The V8 engine also redesigned the Mustang’s front end. The grille was shortened and narrowed to accommodate the larger engine. This shallower grille was applied to all models with this engine.
The V8 engine was not available on Mustang II models. The 302 cu in (4.9 L) Mustang received a new Ford “V8” emblem in 1975. The King Cobras, however, were not given the updated emblem.
Price increase from 1974 to 1975
In 1974, Ford began selling a second generation of Mustangs. They were available as two-door hardtops, Ghias (the luxury model) and hatchbacks (the sporty model). Both styles came with the same basic engine, the “LIMA” (liquid cooled, overhead-valve-actuated), which was 88 horsepower. Popular options included air-conditioning, a sunroof, bodyside moldings, and various radios.
The 2.3-liter “MPG” model came in 1975. This new engine added a catalytic converter and a 3.18:1 rear-axle ratio. After 1975, all base 2.3-liter Mustang II models were called MPGs. The 2.3-liter Mustang II was a step up from its predecessors. It cost slightly more, but was more fuel-efficient and faster than its predecessors.
Competition for the Mustang was stiff. Its competitors included the Chevy Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. In addition, the Dodge Challenger and the Plymouth Barracuda were all ending production. In addition to these pony cars, the Ford Mustang had competition from smaller import cars that had flooded the American market.