1978 Mustang II

By 1978 America was at the height of the automotive misery known as the 1970’s. Horsepower couldn’t be found anywhere and performance was defined by the loudness of the stripes, spoilers and hood graphics that could be found all over the scene. Jimmy Carter was well on his way to destroying the economy which was precipitating high interest rates, inflation and once again high gas prices.

This year was the last for the Mustang II which was a welcome closing of a chapter to many Mustang enthusiasts. The sales for 1978 was rather good despite the lack of love for the Mustang, a full 40,000 cars more than in 1977. This can mostly be attributed to the above mentioned economic strife that sent people back to smaller more fuel efficient cars.

For 1978, the Mustang did offer again more luxury option packages and the well known “King Cobra” appearance package. With its loud and obnoxious stripe and graphics package, oversized front air dam and rear window slats it was unmistakably duplicative of the Firebird Trans Am. Fortunately, the future held better days.

1978 Mustang Production Data:

69F Hatchback: 68,408

69R Hatchback – Mach 1: 7,068

60F Coupe: 81,304

60H Coupe – Ghia: 34,730

Total Production: 192,410

1978 Mustang Specifications:

1978 Mustang Engines

2.3 L – 140 cid, I-4, 2bbl, 88 hp

2.8 L – 171 cid, V6, 2bbl, 91 hp

5.0 L – 302 cid, V8, 2bbl, 139 hp

Code

Y

Z

F


Transmissions

4-speed manual

3-speed automatic (C4)


Brakes

Power front disc brakes / rear drum


Body Styles

Coupe

Coupe – Ghia

Hatchback

Hatchback – Mach 1

Code

60F

60H

69F

69R


Dimensions

Curb weight – 4 cyl coupe

Curb weight -4 cyl hatchback

Length

Height

Wheelbase

2,660 lb

2,807 lb

175″

49.6″

96.2″


Assembly Plant

Dearborn, MI

San Jose, CA

Code

F

R

1978 Mustang Colors:

1978 Mustang Colors

Black

Bright Red

Bright Yellow

Midnight Blue

Metallic Bright Aqua

Metallic Dark Jade

Chamois

Tangerine

Metallic Light Aqua

Metallic Dark Brown

Metallic Chamois

Metallic Medium Chestnut

Metallic Silver

Code

1C

2R

6E

3A

7H

46

83

8G

7Q

5Q

8W

5M

1G


Interior Colors:

Black

Red

Chamois

Aqua

Chamois/White

Red/White

Aqua/White

Black/White

A

D

T

K

2

N

7

W

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