The initial Mustang was a huge success for Ford. After playing catching up from introduction through 1966, Ford designers began drawing up a larger versions. From 1967 until 1973, the Mustang got bigger but not necessarily better or more powerful.
1967 Ford Mustang
For 1967 the Mustang received revised refreshed body panels, which gave the Mustang a more massive look. The front and rear end styling was more pronounced. The instrument panel received a thicker crash pad, and larger gauges. Federal safety features were incorporated, including an energy-absorbing steering column and wheel, 4-way emergency flashers, and softer interior knobs.
1968 Ford Mustang
Changes for 1968 models included revised side scoops, steering wheel, gas caps and side marker lights were also added. Cars built after January 1, 1968 included front seat shoulder belts. A new 302 V8 engine was introduced. The 302 was a small-block engine designed for Federal emissions standards and ended up being used in a number of other Ford vehicles until 1995.
1969-1970 Ford Mustang
A 1969 restyle added more weight and length to the Mustang. The new styling had a more aggressive stance than prior models. The new style featured quad headlamps which would disappear in 1970. The 1969 model offered a variety of new performance and decorative options, including functional (and non-functional) air scoops, cable and pin hood tie downs, and both wing and chin spoilers. Additionally, a variety of performance packages were introduced: the Mach 1, the Boss 302 and Boss 429. A fourth model the Grande, available only as a hardtop, was somewhat of a sales success with its soft ride, luxurious trim, extra sound deadening and simulated wood trim.
1971-1973 Ford Mustang
As the Mustang evolved from its simple speed and power begins the 1971-73 models became heavier, slower, luxury type designs. Many Mustang loyalist felt the Mustang had lost its way. The 1971 Mustang was 3 inches wider than the 1970, its front and rear track were also widened by 3 inches. The size increase was most evident on the SportsRoof models which had a nearly flat rear roofline, cramped interior and poor visibility. As performance decreased, so did sales. Ford thought it had an answer in the 1974 Mustang II, but for the Mustang loyalist, 1974 was an affirmation that the Mustang had lost its way.
To read about the first Mustangs, see our coverage of the 1964 1/2 – 1966 Ford Mustang.
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