1978 Ford Mustang Overview


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Awesome by Zack
 — Amazing car, mustang ii front ends were ahead of their time and the car has decent handling and is quite quick do to them weighing in at about 3000lbs, fun car to drive and to go cruising in. No matte... Read More
Greatest Car by Derrick
 — OK, well definitely the best first car anyone could ask for, and I plan on keeping it only because it's frikken amazing. It's great on gas, and eventually I will be getting the rear window louvers, r... Read More
My Fav Ford by Trenton
 — Being a 1978 King Cobra Mustang, one of less that 400 made only in 1978, is a very fun little car to own and drive. It is red and a little beat up right now but I have all the parts i need to restore ... Read More

1978 Ford Mustang Overview

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1978 Ford Mustang

1978 brought excitement back to Mustang lovers. The 1978 Ford Mustang did not change much from the 1977 line with one notable addition: the King Cobra. The King Cobra sported a 5.0-liter, 302-ci 2V V8 rated at 134 horsepower. While not as impressive as some of the earlier machines, the King represented the light at the end of the Mustang II tunnel.

Mustang was further positioning itself in the marketplace by trying to garner a female market; a fashion accessory package was available with special cloth and a driver's side sun visor mirror. The back seat on all Mustangs was split into two pieces, a popular feature on many of the competing import cars as the time.


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Was Looking For The King Cobra

when was the Cobra first out to the public? My first one was a 1976 then I got a 1978 with T-roof........wish I still had them. Just sold my1967 mustang hard top and my 1969 mustang convertable....so...

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