1972 Ford Mustang
Drop Top Mustang
1972 Ford Mustang Convertible
-Cruise O Matic Transmission
- All Original
- 53k Miles
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”…these ('71-'73 Mustangs) have been gaining in popularity.” Hemmings Muscle Machines, March 2009
Automobile collectors often favor the introductory years and the last year or two of any particular model's run. The 1972 Mustang falls in the latter group, not just for the Mustang, but also for the venerable American convertible style, as Hemmings explained: “The end of the road was coming. You didn't need a crystal ball to see that. The convertible's days were numbered on this earth--blame it on shifting consumer tastes, Washington's newfound fascination with vehicle rollover standards, or some combination of the two. One by one, the lights were blinking out: The Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird convertibles were gone after 1969, the big Chryslers after 1970, the E-body twins Challenger and Barracuda after 1971, and the Ford LTD and Chevrolet Impala after 1972. Just like the American muscle car, ragtops seemed to have turned onto a dead-end street.”
Ford produced 125,813 Mustangs in 1972, the model's second-last year; of those, 6,121 (under 5%) were convertibles. That makes the two-tone yellow-and-copper over tan (cloth)-and-brown (vinyl) '72 Mustang offered here a pretty rare “survivor” example. While not without some minor cosmetic issues, the car is mechanically sound, free of serious rust issues, and ready for plenty more miles of open-air driving. With just under 54,000 believed-actual miles (or roughly 1,300 miles per year on average), this is a very low-mileage, largely factory-correct Mustang.
Overall, the yellow exterior paint is in generally good condition. Noteworthy flaws include cracking on the lower front and imperfections on the passenger-side rear fender. The copper-color lower portion of the body is bordered by thin chrome trim, some of which has been detached. The car's chrome trim surrounding the grille, on door handles and mirrors, adjacent to the convertible boot, and across the windshield frame is in good condition. The grille is unmarred and headlight and taillight lenses are clear and free of cracks. The brushed-chrome full wheel covers are a factory option and, while showing some wear marks, are in generally good condition. Mustang badging in the grille, on both sides, and on the rear is properly in place. The attractive tan fabric top is properly fitted, free of major wear marks, and functional.
The interior is similarly in overall good condition with some minor issues related to age. The handsome two-tone, fabric-and-vinyl upholstery shows wear on the sides of both front bucket seats, likely due to repeated folding. The brown padded dash and the console area (with elevated armrest) are in excellent condition. Gauges (including the analog clock) are complete with lenses showing some clouding. Brown door trim with wood-grain accents includes carpeting on the lower portions. The three-speed automatic shifter is console-mounted. Cocoa-colored carpeting is in place throughout, including in the trunk, and shows some wear and fading from the sun.
Under the hood, the venerable 302 cubic-inch Ford V8 wears its characteristic blue paint. An aftermarket air-cleaner assembly and carburetor have been installed. The engine bay is very clean and complete overall; shock towers are undamaged and free of rust. Underneath, the chassis is shows surface rust across a number of un-protected areas.
Together with the short walk-around-and startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site, the more than 180 high-definition photographs of this Mustang, taken from every angle including from underneath, faithfully present the car's condition and completeness. That said, nothing can take the place of an in-person, close-up inspection. To that end, we encourage and expect interested parties to visit our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom to take a good look at this classic car. We ask only that appointments for such visits be made in advance by phone or email. That way we can devote our full attention to the visitors and the car.
Convertibles are far from dead. Moonlight cruising or summer-sun trips to the beach, this yellow '72 Mustang drop-top will provide many more years of wind-in-your-hair driving fun. Passersby are sure to notice the smiles on the faces of the folks inside. Turn that radio up!