1973 Ford Mustang Convertible (LHD)
Ford's hugely successful first-generation Mustang was facelifted for the last time in 1971 and lasted in production until 1973. Although it shared many of the styling cues of the original, the latest Pony Car was bigger in every dimension - longer, wider and heavier, in line with industry trends. Built on a 109-inch wheelbase, the 1971-1973 Mustangs remained true to the original formula in many ways, offering a myriad of powertrain and trim options. Three different body styles were available, from the Hardtop and Sports Roof to the Convertible although demand for ragtops was in serious decline and 1973 would be the final year for an open-topped Mustang for many years. With the fuel crisis in full swing, Ford's focus shifted from performance to fuel economy and as a result engine choices were rationalised for 1972 and remained thus the following year. The base unit was a 250-cid six rated at a measly 99 horsepower, while just two V8s were optional - the 302-cid and 351-cid - but the big-block 429s were no longer offered. Exterior changes to the 1973 models were kept to a minimum, a restyled grille and colour-matched high-impact bumpers the only notable changes. Two popular trim packages were the Grande (a luxurious version of the Hardtop featuring a vinyl roof) and the high-performance Mach I Sports Roof, replete with go-faster decals. In what would prove to be the convertible’s final year, just 11,853 rolled off the line - representing well under 10 per cent of total Mustang production that year. The 1971-1973 Mustangs were big, bold and beautiful, representing the end of an era - the muscle car was gradually being phased out by new safety legislation and the impending fuel crisis. Offering fabulous value for money, these early 1970s Mustangs have great appeal, both visually and behind the wheel.