The 1973 Ford Mustang was the last year for the first generation,
and the droptop wouldn't return for another decade. But a select
few got to go out with a bang and not a whimper. This one has the
rare optional Q-code 351 four-barrel Cobra Jet, a
four-on-the-floor, and plenty of power options, so this low mileage
convertible is also a desirable muscle machine.
It's pretty hard not to love a red Mustang convertible. In fact, the name of this car's factory-correct hue is Bright Red. But more than just a great sunny-day color, this Mustang looks impressive with well-creased sheetmetal, complete urethane front bumper, and trim that's complete and shining on everything from the well-integrated rear bumper, to the slender line on the wheel arches. Even the factory wheel covers are still in place! There is an overall condition that tells you someone spent time caring for, and maintaining this car over the years. It's not just that it has averaged only about 1,250 miles annually, but when you look at the Marti Report, it tells you this was from the Charlotte ordering district. So, this one-owner classic has the distinction of spending over four decades right near where our showroom is today.
It's hard for a convertible to still look this fresh after all these decades, but that just tells you about the level of care and maintenance seen here. The Mustang was aiming for luxury during this era, and so you got great features like the high back bucket seats, as well as woodgrain appearance in the steering wheel and on the doors. Plus, this one was optioned perfectly for someone who loves the open road. With power windows, locks, original AM radio, and a power convertible top, you don't even have to leave the driver's seat to go from completely enclosed to a wind-in-your-hair experience. And since this one also has factory air conditioning, you can stay cool with the top down all year long. And as you gaze over the sporty deep pod gauges and grab the Hurst shifter, you know this pony is going to give you one heck of a ride.
This is a rare Q-code Mustang, and it correctly has the 351 Cobra Jet motor under the hood. In fact, the engine bay looks so honest and unmolested, we wouldn't be surprised if this were the original motor to the car. What makes the 351 CJ so important is this four-barrel carb motor was part of the last gasp of the muscle car era. So we love seeing this final-year first-gen Mustang with the hottest motor available at the time. And what also makes it exceptionally desirable, and rare, is the four-speed manual transmission that allows you to get the most performance out of this convertible. It also gives you the control to really let the V8 howl out of the dual exhaust. Plus, when you add in power steering and front disc brakes, this makes for a great all-around choice.
This car has always been a local, and it even comes with title documentation to prove it. So when you can find an exceptional classic that has this much history, and it's also fun to drive... well then, you know you're looking at a rare opportunity. Call now!!
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