Second Generation (1974-1978) Mustang Photo Gallery

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1974 Ford Mustang

1974 Ford Mustang
Photo © Ford Motor Company

For almost a decade, consumers had come to know the Ford Mustang as a powerful performance machine, with performance increases delivered on an almost yearly basis. Ford took a different approach with the Second generation Mustang.​

In 1974, Ford downsized the Mustang's engine. A completely redesigned Mustang II was launched, available in either a 2.3L inline four-cylinder engine or a 2.8L V6. Neither engine was extremely powerful, outputting 90 hp and 100 hp respectively.

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1974 Mach 1 Mustang II

1974 Mach 1 Mustang II
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach 1 Mustang returned in 1974, now as a hatchback model.

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Mustang II Trotting Pony

Mustang II Trotting Pony
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Mustang II's front pony emblem was modified to symbolize more of a trot than a gallop. This makes sense, given the lack of power under the hood.

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1975 Mustang II

Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Consumers spoke and Ford listened. In 1975, the V-8 engine once again returned to the Mustang lineup. In spite of its return, this new 302-cubic inch 4.94L engine was nothing like engines of the past.

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1975 Ford Mustang II Grille

1975 Ford Mustang II Grille
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

A look at the 1975 Mustang II grille.

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1975 Mustang II Rear

1975 Mustang II Rear
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The Mustang II was 19 inches shorter and 490 pounds lighter than the 1973 Ford Mustang.

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1975 Ford Mustang II Emblem

1975 Ford Mustang II Emblem
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Ford's Mustang II emblem featured the running horse within.

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1975 Ford Mustang

1975 Ford Mustang
Photo © Ford Motor Company

In 1975, the V8 engine once again returned to the Mustang lineup. In spite of its return, this new 302-cubic inch 4.94L engine was nothing like engines of the past. In fact, the '75 V8 was only capable of producing around 130 hp and was only available with an automatic transmission.

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1976 Mustang Cobra II

1976 Mustang Cobra II
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Inspired by the Shelby Mustang, Ford introduced the Mustang Cobra II in 1976. In the spirit of racing, the Cobra II featured a non-functional hood scoop, distinctive front, and rear spoilers, as well as racing stripes in white and blue or black and gold. The car very much resembled the look and feel of the original Shelby Mustang, although it lacked the power of the original.

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1976 Ford Mustang

1976 Ford Mustang
Photo © Ford Motor Company

Inspired by the Shelby Mustang, Ford introduced the Mustang Cobra II in 1976. In the spirit of racing, the Cobra II featured a non-functional hood scoop, distinctive front, and rear spoilers, as well as racing stripes in white and blue or black and gold.

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1977 Ford Mustang

1977 Ford Mustang
Photo © Ford Motor Company

The 1977 Ford Mustang featured T-Tops.

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1977 Mustang Cobra II

1977 Mustang Cobra II
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Inspired by the Shelby Mustang, Ford introduced the Mustang Cobra II in 1976. In the spirit of racing, the Cobra II featured a non-functional hood scoop, distinctive front, and rear spoilers, as well as racing stripes in white and blue or black and gold. The car very much resembled the look and feel of the original Shelby Mustang, although it lacked the power of the original.

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1977 Mustang Cobra II Rear

1977 Mustang Cobra II Rear
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The Mustang Cobra II featured dual exhaust pipes in the rear.

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1977 Mustang Cobra II Lettering

1977 Mustang Cobra II Lettering
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

As with other Mustang II Cobras, the 1977 model featured the Cobra II lettering prominently on the right rear end of the car.

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1978 Ford Mustang

1978 Ford Mustang
Photo © Ford Motor Company

The special edition King Cobra Mustang made its debut in 1978. It was the first Ford Mustang to officially feature the 5.0 badge. In all, an estimated 5,000 units were produced.

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1978 King Cobra Mustang

1978 King Cobra Mustang
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The special edition King Cobra Mustang made its debut in 1978. It was the first Ford Mustang to officially feature the 5.0 badge. In all, an estimated 5,000 units were produced. The King Cobra had a distinctive exterior style, featuring a prominent air dam and a Cobra decal on the hood. Other than this release, the Mustang lineup remained mostly unchanged.

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1978 King Cobra Rear

1978 King Cobra Rear
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

King Cobra lettering was found on the rear right side of the car.

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1978 King Cobra Lettering

1978 King Cobra Lettering
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

"King Cobra" lettering was prominently featured on the right rear end of the car.

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1978 King Cobra Mustang

1978 King Cobra Mustang
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The special edition King Cobra Mustang made its debut in 1978. It was the first Ford Mustang to officially feature the 5.0 badge. In all, an estimated 5,000 units were produced. The King Cobra had a distinctive exterior style, featuring a prominent air dam and a Cobra decal on the hood.

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1978 King Cobra Mustang

1978 King Cobra Mustang
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The special edition King Cobra Mustang made its debut in 1978. It was the first Ford Mustang to officially feature the 5.0 badge. In all, an estimated 5,000 units were produced. The King Cobra had a distinctive exterior style, featuring a prominent air dam and a Cobra decal on the hood.