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1978 Ford Mustang Spec Explorer
1978 was the last year of the Mustang II, the Mach 1, and the Cobra II option package. New to 1978 was the King Cobra option at $1277. The "Boss of the Mustang stable" had a giant snake decal on the hood and pinstripping around the windows, decklid, wheel lips, rocker panels, belt, and over-the-roof area; a large front and rear spoiler, rear quarter flares, spoke wheels, and the 5.0L V8. The Cobra II got a new stripe tape treatment mid-year with tri-color tape stripes, large "Cobra" block letters midlevel on the side and decklid spoiler, a Cobra decal on the back spoiler, and a Cobra II snake emblem on a black grille. The Mach 1 remained using the 2.8L V6, styled wheels and white lettered tires, black bumpers, black lower body side paint, and a bushed aluminum instrument panel with full instrumentation.

Example of a Mustang from 1978
Sales Brochure cover
1978 Mustang Sales Brochure pages (click on to view)

1978 Ford Mustang II ...takes you away from an ordinary day! says the cover of the 1978 Ford Mustang promotional booklet showing a Silver metallic Mustang II t-roof convertible hatchback (yes, Ford called this a T-Roof Convertible, no true 1978 Mustang convertibles were made), forged aluminum wheels, bumper guards, fog lamps, and red pin stripping to match the red interior.

Available 1978 Mustang exterior paint colors

1978 Engines
code   engine  
Y 93hp 140ci (2.3L) standard 4-cylinder
Z 104hp 170ci (2.8L) optional 6-cylinder
F 134hp 302ci (5.0L) optional V8
Styles, Models & Special Editions
Coupe & Hatchback
Mustang Ghia
Mustang Mach 1
Mustang Cobra II
Mustang King Cobra
Mustang Monroe Handler

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