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FORD'S MUSTANG II: (Part I) It was the right car at the right time. So, why do so many hate it?

It was a hot, muggy, still summer evening in suburban Washington, D.C. back in 1973. My buddies and I were hanging out in the mall parking lot when someone mentioned the all-new Mustang coming for 1974. Word on the street was the new Mustang was based on the Ford Pinto, which concerned all of us. The Mustang would no longer be available with a V-8, nor would there be a convertible option. It would be smaller—a subcompact. Teaser spy shots appeared in the magazines and we were all horrified. We perceived the 1974 Mustang was going to be the end of the Mustang as we had always known it. We became committed to keeping our classic 1965-73 Mustangs and Ford could build whatever it wanted.