Another white elephant car feature I don't miss: On the Trunk key lock/hole especially GM
cars had a little door you had to push aside to maneuver the key into the hole to open the trunk!. I remember Consumer Reports once said> "You'll probably find this on the next royal coach GM
builds." Regarding that little cover. A pain in the you know what...
Another not lamented quirk, remote trunk release inside the glove box! Especially on a land yacht that defeats the purpose and on at least GM
land yachts, you had to have the engine running to pop the trunk. WTH?
As others mentioned, the bloated 71-73 Mustangs were built on the same frame that was the Falcoln, Torino etc. Maybe if it was built on the Maverick platform...
I actually liked the looks of the Mustang II
especially the 74's. I drove a 74 Ghia, the one year where it didn't have the over the top opera styled rear window. Not that it was ugly (75-78 Ghia's).
1974 was a strange bird of a year for a lot of things. The year of the three S's (Streaking, Shortages and The Sting) Car sales were record high for model year 73 but tanked in 74 due to the economy, gas crisis etc. So the honey I shrunk the Mustang rolled out at the perfect time. Sadly, this car didn't handle that great and fuel economy was a let down but they were cool looking and the 74's still look today in my book. Playing Monday Morning quarterback, Ford should have done the following with the Mustang.
now seems a bit tacky even for those times.
Ford should have paid more attention to the Celica at least performance wise and driveability. 5 Speed manual, more nimble response.
For 75 to 78 should have kept the 74 style Ghia and if they wanted to roll out an opera window mini me called it the Ghia/Grande De Elegance or Elegancia.
There were prototypes but it never made it a drop top Mustang II
With the succeeding Fox platform, it should have gotten at least one decent sheet metal facelift and not jus the grille over it's way too long run. A sporty Fairmont.
Never gotten rid of the galloping horsey. What were they thinking?
Another interesting side note about model year 1974. The one year AMC seemed to make a killing/splash in the market with their Matador Coupe. Not a bad looker whereas that 4 door and wagon still looked like they hailed from the days of In Like Flint and You Never Live Twice. These cars were even fleet cars for the LAPD and featured in the 1974 Bond movie Man With The Golden Gun. Talk about the times!