1978 Ford Mustang
Mustang II Ghia

1978 FORD MUSTANG - REWRITES THE BOOK
The Mustang had been growing in size and weight with every body change since its inception in 1964 as a ’65 model. Now the 2nd-generation, which came out in 1974, reversed that trend, sending the Mustang back in size to about what it was at the beginning. Ford saw the handwriting on the wall back in 1971 and saw the need to downsize its fleet and improve gas mileage. They accomplished this on the Mustang by building the new car on the same chassis as the Ford Pinto, with 4 cylinder power and 4-lug rims. It was a humble beginning and one that drove many a hardened Mustang fan insane at the time. It was such a radical departure from the norm that Ford even gave it a new name...sort of. The Mustang II, and even won 1974 Motor Trend Car of the Year. For the times, the Mustang II actually sold quite well, at around 200,000 units per year in its short model life (1974 through 1978). The Fox Body Mustangs launched in ’79 and recaptured the performance-minded public’s imagination.
1978 FORD MUSTANG ENGINES
Within one model year (1975) a V8 option was available. But for the most part, most Mustang IIs got by with the 2.3 liter OHC 4-cylinder that got exemplary mileage, upwards of 34mpg, which was stellar mileage at the time. But the 5.0 V8 was the big news for enthusiasts, which even in ‘smog-dog’ guise, accelerated the lightweight car handily. For 1978, the King Cobra option package became available, and was limited to just 4,313 units. It featured a big front spoiler, big stripes and a big Cobra decal on the hood that looked suspiciously like the “Screaming Chicken” on the hood of the Pontiac Trans Am. Of course, all King Cobras came with the 5.0 (302ci) V8 as part of the package.

1978 Ford Mustang II INTERIORS


1978 Ford Mustang II PRODUCTION NUMBERS

MODEL              

2-door Hardtop

3-door Hatchback

2-door Hardtop Ghia

3-door Hatchback Mach 1

PRODUCTION

81,304

68,408

34,730

7,968

PRICE WHEN NEW

$3,824

$4,088

$4,242

$4,523


1978 Ford Mustang II SPECIFICATIONS

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Height

Track, front

Track, rear

Weight, curb

ENGINE OPTIONS     

2.3L OHC 1-4 1X2bbl

2.8L OHV V6 1X2bbl

5.0 OHV V8 1X2bbl

96.2 in / 2443 mm

175 in / 4445 mm

70.2 in / 1783 mm

50.3 in / 1278 mm

55.6 in / 1412 mm

55.8 in / 1417 mm

2,749 lbs / 1247 kg


88 hp @ 4800 rpm

90 hp @ 4200 rpm

139 hp @ 3600 rpm









118 lb/ft @ 2800 rpm

143 lb/ft @ 2200 rpm

250 lb/ft @ 1600 rpm


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