1973 Ford Mustang
1973 Ford Mustang Coupe
- Factory Original Light Blue Paint
- 25k Original Miles
- Numbers Matching 351ci V8
- Power Steering, Power Front Disc Brakes
- Air Conditioning
- Marti Report
- Clean and Original Example
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“The Last of the Hot Rods – The 1973 Ford Mustang” –Hemmings, February 2010
At the very end of the muscle-car heydays, with crash-testing and an energy crisis applying a double whammy, the 1973 Mustang still offered a measure of that fast-fading performance muscle. One of the two 351 Cleveland V8 4-barrel engine choices, the H-code, was still rated at 266 horsepower, despite a switch to the H-code's smaller valves. The '73 Mustang fastback offered here with an accompanying Marti® Report is a 2-barrel 351 Cleveland V8 car. The car's odometer shows just 25,716 total miles, fewer than 550 miles per-year on average since new.
This is a survivor Mustang still wearing its original factory-applied Light Blue (code 3B) paint over a Blue Vinyl (AB) interior. The paint is in excellent, virtually showroom condition overall (including on the racing-style mirrors), and body-panel fit and alignment is proper. There is no damage to any sheet metal. A dark-blue vinyl top with Mustang-logo emblems is in place and in pristine condition. Other badging—the running-pony grille badge, script-Mustang badging on the fenders and rear deck, and the Mustang-branded gas-filler cap—is all properly mounted. Chrome bumpers, door handles, wheel-well trim, taillight and headlight trim is in uniformly excellent condition. Tinted cabin glass and all lighting lenses are free of cracks or other damage. Factory-installed, Ford-branded, full wheel covers and 14-inch thin-stripe-whitewall Uniroyal® Tiger Paw tires are mounted.
The car's interior features blue vinyl upholstery in a handsome a square-pleated design, echoed on the door trim. The condition of interior surfaces overall is superb. All the upholstery—including on seatbacks—shows very well, completely free of rips or tears. Blue cabin carpeting (with protective blue rubber mats) has been well maintained. A riveted-wood-rim, Mustang-logo, 3-spoke sport steering wheel with brushed-metal trim frames the large speedometer, with the other large gauge opening devoted to various warning lights. The car is equipped with power steering and power front disc brakes. The factory pushbutton AM radio is present in its proper location, with slide-lever-operated controls for the heating and ventilation located just below. Controls for the dealer-installed air conditioning are located on the wood-trimmed unit mounted below the dash. The t-shifter for the C6 Select Shift automatic transmission is floor-mounted.
Under the hood, the numbers-matching 351 Cleveland 2-barrel V8 (in proper Ford blue) commands a spotlessly clean and tidy engine bay. All components—including the Ford air conditioning unit—are properly located with no modifications. Underneath the car, the chassis is clean, straight, and undamaged. The partial-length dual exhaust system shows no signs of the sort of wear that can result from overly aggressive driving styles or track use.
While the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '73 Mustang in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
This 48 year-old Mustang is about as close to its original brand-new condition as it's possible to find. “Museum-quality” is not an overstatement. Its next owner will steward this bit of rolling Ford history, as well as enjoying cruise-ins, weekend car shows, and very enjoyable road trips for years to come. We doubt they'll ever tire of the compliments and the thumbs-up greetings from admirers and fellow Mustang enthusiasts.