Mustang coupes represent one of the biggest bargains in the old car hobby today. Often living in the shadow of their convertible and fastback siblings, cars like this 1970 Ford Mustang coupe offer the same performance, same handsome interior, and same street presence, all for less cash. Talk about a win-win situation!
Refinished a few years ago, this slick red pony is just more proof that there's no such thing as an ugly 1970 Mustang. From the wide-mouth grille and black chin spoiler to the stripe running down the center of the car and those classic three-element taillights, this car is pure American fun from any angle. Finish work is pretty good, with a high-visibility shine and decent gaps, but not so nice that you'll fret about leaving it unattended in a parking lot. Subtle details reveal themselves after you get acquainted, such as the satin black rocker panel stripes, small '351' emblems under the Mustang script on the front fenders, and twin chrome tailpipes sticking out the back. Add in a nicely done black vinyl roof, and you have a great-looking pony car that will be the center of attention but one that never seems to be trying too hard.
Bucket seats with federally-mandated headrests anchor a nicely finished interior. Coupes and fastbacks shared the same parts, and from behind the wheel it's almost impossible to tell them apart. The deeply set gauges look sporty and in this car appear to be in completely original condition, while other components, including the seat covers and door panels, are quite nice. The carpets and dash pad are showing their age, but the great thing about Mustangs is that stuff like that is available from a variety of suppliers and equipment is quite affordable. The shifter for the C4 3-speed automatic transmission uses a chrome T-handle, and there are heavy-duty floor mats protecting the carpet. An AM/FM/CD stereo has been installed in the dash and includes a remote for easy access. The trunk offers a correct replacement mat and with a coupe, there's plenty of room for luggage on a road trip.
Performance is entertaining, too, especially when you're carrying a built 351 cubic inch V8. Rugged and easy to maintain, the 351 is a great choice and thanks to a 2-barrel carburetor, it's even relatively thrifty for a performance-oriented machine. The engine bay is functional but not detailed for show, although we have to admit we like the red air filter lid that works well with the red paint. Otherwise, it's pretty stock, which means it's easy to maintain and bulletproof reliable. The transmission is a C4 3-speed automatic feeding a stock rear end hanging on leaf springs, as original. The exhaust system is very recently installed, including Flowmaster mufflers and those cool chrome tips, so it sounds amazing. The floors are in good order with no glaring issues and if you're going to wear big wheels, you may as well make the brakes interesting, so the drums have been painted red to match the bodywork. Giant 20-inch wheels certainly make a statement and actually fit inside the fender wells far better than most, so it looks right.
Neatly sorted and ready to enjoy, this high-visibility Mustang will get admiring glances anywhere it goes. Even more importantly, you'll feel like a million bucks from behind the wheel. Call today!