October 19, 2018
In its brochure, the 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia was called “A new word for small car luxury.” I assume the word they were referring to is Ghia, which was one of four models available (the others being the hardtop, 3-door 2+2, and the Mach 1) for MY 1974. It was the first year for the down-sized pony car, much to the chagrin of some Mustang fans… but obviously not all of them, as Ford sold almost 386,000 Mustangs that year, compared to just under 132,000 of the larger (and more powerful and cheaper!) 1973 models. The II shared a platform with the Pinto. ‘Nuff said there. The experiment lasted through model year 1978; an all-new 1979 model, based on the same platform as the larger Fairmont, brought some relief to old-timey Mustang fans. Not surprisingly, it’s still around in 2018. Saw this yellow Ghia over the summer in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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