1973 Ford Mustang
1973 Mustang Mach 1
1973 was the last year for the first generation Mustangs. They still came in the same three body styles, coupe, sportsroof, and convertible. 1973 would be the last year for a convertible Mustang until 1983.
Horsepower ratings again declined as manufacturers struggled to meet new pollution standards. The top 351 Cobra Jet engine this year was rated at 266 hp.
For 1973, the front signal lights were vertical instead of horizontal, and a new, larger body-colored urethane bumper was used on all Mustangs. Also, the headlights were surrounded by a square bezel, either chrome or black.
The rear panel had a black grained insert on regular Mustangs or a honeycomb panel on Mach 1s.
The side stripe on the Mach 1 was now straight, wider, and placed lower on the car, with the "Mach 1" name on the rear fenders instead of the front fenders. The 1971-72 style Mach 1 side stripes are often seen on 1973 Mustangs, however.
1973 Mustang Key Differences
1973 Mustangs can be easily identified by their vertical signal lights in the front grill. '73 Mustangs also had body-colored front bumpers rather than the chrome ones used in '71 and '72 (All Mach 1s were supposed to have body colored bumpers from 1971-73, however many can be seen today with chrome bumpers.)
1971 to 1973 Mustangs all had the same body style. 1973 Mustangs had different front signal lights and a different front bumper than the 1971 and 1972 models.
How to Identify a 1973 Mustang
1973 Mustang Signal Light
1973 Mustang Mach 1 Grill
1973 Mustang Front Bumper
1973 Mustang Rear Bumper
1973 Mustang Grill Emblem
1973 Mustang Mach 1 Grill Emblem
1973 Mustang Tail light
1973 Mustang Rear Panel
1973 Mustang Mach 1 Rear Panel
1973 Mustang Trunk Name Plate
1973 Mustang Side Emblem
1973 Mustang Gas Cap
1973 Mustang Mach 1 Hood
1973 Mustang Mach 1 Side Stripe
1973 Mustang Front Spoiler
1973 Mustang Rear Wing
1973 Mustang Rear Window Louvers
1973 Mustang Dash
1973 Mustang Seats
1973 Mustang Wheel
More 1973 Mustang Pictures
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