1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II

1976 FORD MUSTANG COBRA II BACKGROUND
After growing steadily bigger and heavier with each of four different body skins over its 9-year-long 1st-generation, the Mustang suddenly shrank in 1974 to a fraction of its former size, and weight. The original pony car was a victim of downsizing, and it was one of the first. You've got to hand it to Ford for having the guts to take a hot-seller like the Mustang and completely remake it into a totally new type of car. In this case, the new Mustang II as it was called, was built on the same platform as the humble Ford Pinto, with the same humble powerplant, the 2.3L OHC 4-cylinder. By this time, new smog and safety regs had already castrated the Mustang, performance-wise. Even as choked-off and gutless they were, the 1st-gen Mustang's V8 engines were still in demand and sorely missed in the new Mustang II. Ford did their best to make up for it by tarting up the 3 body styles with stripe package and other gimmicks. It took until the 1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II for Ford to deliver V8 power to the lightweight Mustang II. They shoehorned-in a 302 small block V8 with a 2-barrel carb wheezing out 134

1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II SPECIFICATIONS

Body style
Engine type
Engine family
Displacement
Fuel system
Horsepower output
Torque output
Wheelbase
Overall Length
Width
Height
Track, front
Track, rear
Ground clearance
Fuel capacity
Curb weight
3-door Sport Couple w/hatchback
OHV 90-degree V8
Ford Windsor small block V8
301.6 ci (302) / 4942 cc (5.0L)
Motorcraft 9510 2-barrel carburetor
134 hp
247 lb-ft
96.2" / 2443 mm
175.0" / 4445 mm
70.2" / 1783 mm
49.7" / 1262 mm
55.6" / 1412 mm
55.8" / 1417 mm
5.1" / 130 mm
12.4 US gal / 47 L
3,097 lbs / 1405 kg

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