- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 351 Cleveland V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1973 Ford Mustang Grande
1973 Ford Mustang Grande
For the 1971-73 model years former GM executive Bunkie Knudson, now the leader of Ford's product design, wanted to take the Mustang into a bigger, heavier and more luxurious playing field. The idea was to cash in on the burgeoning large luxury coupe market; and not only did the Mustang grow, it also received styling cues which exaggerated both its length and weight. Throughout the years, the Mustang has truly been everything to everyone. It's spanned several pricing levels, performance levels – it even shared DNA with the Ford Pinto during the mid-to-late 70s. Through it all, the car remained successful and nearly every early variation has found its place in the collector market. Right now, it's all about the pre-1971 cars, but the tide is rising for examples like this awesome 1971 Mustang Convertible.
For consignment, buy early with the tide rising and your ship may come in! A 1973 Mustang Grande with its exaggerated long hood and small front grille opening, and even smaller rear deck with lots of passenger room, these are the biggest, (most spacious), Mustangs to hit the market in its history. Here we have a nice 1973 example in Dark Green Metallic with nice chrome, purchased by our consignor and restored over the course of 2.5 years to mimic his first car, a 1972 Mustang of the same ilk.
Bathed in a color change to Dark Green Metallic, this Mustang is looking good with deep end of the pool paint and signature '72 matte black striping down the sides. The chrome around the grille and front bumper setup is shiny with nary a flaw or scratch to be seen. The egg crate grille is black and has the galloping steed in the center with another chrome trimming surround. A black Mach 1 chin spoiler is below the front bumper. Panel alignment remains straight and true throughout the body with nice straight steel. A long clean roof covers the passengers and a near vertical rear window is housed between the flying buttress B-pillars and helps maintain the overall Mustang feel from years past. Keeping this theme is the short deck for a trunk lid and below are the iconic 3 lights that are now flush with the rear panel and conform to its new shape. 14-inch polished Ansen aluminum slot wheels are on all 4 corners and are shod in raised white letter Cooper radials.
The original black steering wheel fronts the original dash which has clear plastic coverings for the deeply inset circular gauges. Knobs and center dash are all original equipment and the factory AM radio is on board and neatly mounted in the center, sandwiched between the heater slides below and burl applique above. Black high back buckets in cloth vinyl are in front and show some wear particularly to the driver's lower cushion but are overall in good condition. The rear shows 2 plus 2 bench seating and a small consolette also in black is just below the dash holding the T-handled chrome shifter. Black carpeting floods the floors and is clean and fluffy. Black door panels present in like new condition and are sporting chrome for the cranks, actuators and mirror joystick....tres chic!
Nicely detailed with its royal blue blocked 351ci Cleveland V8, blue valve coverings, and snazzy shiny Edelbrock intake manifold and 4 bbl carburetor underneath the chrome Ford Racing air cleaner assembly, things are looking good under the hood. This mill has been bored .030 over and has been fitted with a Crane camshaft. A completely rebuilt C6 3-speed automatic transmission with a shift kit is on back with a rebuilt Ford 9-inch rear with 2.75 gears turning the tires.
Underneath is very well maintained with virtually no rust and all structurally sound unibody construction, floor pans and rockers are all nice as well with a mix of black undercoating and green overspray on the replaced floor pans. We note independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the rear rides. Power disc brakes are up front, and power drums for the rear. Headers and Thrush mufflers give this car a throaty sound.
A turn of the key and all 8 candles lit right up. Off to the test track, and it performed nicely with good solid acceleration, nice handling, and good braking on the panic stop and prior to the tight corners. All was functioning as it should.
A nicely restored car that you don't have to be afraid of getting a bug splatter on or taking the family for ice cream in. A wonderful deep paint job, a clean interior, the all important 351ci Cleveland V8 all work together to make this one seriously enjoyable pony. The engine and mechanicals are solid, and all is looking 1973, Mustang. Cue the models!!
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
H-351ci Cleveland V8 2bbl Ram Air
261759-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 65F-Grande Hardtop, Standard Buckets
COLOR 9A-Wimbledon White
TRIM FA-Black Cloth & Vinyl
TRANS U-C6 Automatic
AXLE 2-Ford 9" 2.75 Conventional
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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