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Hi,

 

My family had a 1972 base Sportsroof back in 1977. It was code 3B light blue, with medium blue vinyl interior. It had the 302, auto trans, power steering, manual drum brakes all around, and dual sport mirrors. It's long gone, but I do have the original owner's manual, the invoice, and a Deluxe Marti Report as souvenirs.

 

My parents traded the car for a 1973 Gran Torino wagon, but rust was an issue with that almost as much as it had been with the Mustang.

 

In August of 1977, we went to a nearby used car dealer. He had 3 71-73 Mustangs on the lot. A Saddle Bronze Metallic / Ginger 73 hardtop that was quite rusty. A nice 72 Grande that was Ivy Glow with white vinyl top and white interior. And a beautiful 73 Mach 1 that was also Saddle Bronze / Ginger. That car had the standard interior, standard hood, 302, auto trans, hub caps and trim rings....but it did have a/c and the Sport Deck fold down rear seat. My dad and I really liked that car. It was in really nice condition and the trade deal for our station wagon was also very good. But, at the last minute, my mother decided to look at new Fords. She fell in love with a 1977 'Limited Edition' Maverick. That was that. No Mustang.

 

I had an art teacher in 8th grade who had a stunning 1971 Mach 1 that was Grabber Blue with argent stripes and white Mach 1 interior. It had the 351 Cleveland 2 barrel and auto trans. She got rid of it in 1983 for a 1980 Mustang that was brown inside and out. Art teacher?!? Go figure.... I found the place where she sold the 71 and I could have purchased the car for $1500. It had some rust, but not a lot. But, I was 16 at the time and there was no extra room in the garage, yada, yada....

 

In 1996, I bought a 1973 hardtop with under 25k original miles on it. It was white inside and out, had the 302, auto trans, power steering, manual brakes all around, and dual sport mirrors. Reminded me a lot of the 72 Sportsroof. I had it a while, replaced a bunch of stuff because of it sitting quite a lot, and eventually sold it. Thirty months after I sold it, I bought it back for less than I paid the first time. And it had a nice new repaint and a few other cosmetic details upgraded. Kept it for a while again and then traded it for a 1979 Ranchero GT.

 

Right now, I don't have any classic Fords, but I hope to have another 71-73 Mustang in the near future.

 

Oh....one last thing. In the early 80s, a neighbor just down the road had a 1972 Sportsroof that was rusty to the point that the gas tank was being held up by a 2 x 4. The grille was gone. I wanted to buy the car for a field car. We had 6 acres. The guy only wanted $250 for the car. My parents wouldn't go for that, either. Well, I was reading Marti's 'Mustang by the Numbers' book several years ago and discovered that car was the only one ever made that was a 1972 Sportsroof in Medium Goldenrod with green interior.

 

Oh, the ones that got away.... :(

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Cool story. Welcome from Iowa. Good luck in your search.

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

 

- Jason

 

 

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Hello from Mississippi. Great background story. A familiar and sad story many of us have experienced. The ones that got away! Occasionally you will see me post "If I Only Knew Then What I know Now"!  Until you find your "New" 71-73, just remember, Ownership not essential, enthusiasm welcomed.

Welcome to your new Mustang home!    :)

Steve

 

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!

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Hello from Mississippi. Great background story. A familiar and sad story many of us have experienced, The ones that got away! Occasionally you will see me post "If I Only Knew Then What I know Now"!  Until you find your "New" 71-73, just remember, Ownership not essential, enthusiasm welcomed.

Welcome to your new Mustang home!    :)

Steve

 

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!

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Very nice [ insert in near future 7173 mustang specs here ] you got there!

 

Welcome from the northern Netherlands

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Welcome from Oregon. Good luck on your quest.

 

 

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

--Albert Einstein

 

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Thanks for the welcomes!  :D

 

Here are some old photos. First, the 1972 Sportsroof. You may notice the following: Missing front bumper guards (the Marti report shows it came with them), front valance a bit bent downward in the middle, missing Mustang script on the front fender, dent on the left side of the rear valance. Before my parents got the car, it was owned by one of my half-brothers. He drove up one day with no driver's door on the car. It was sitting in the back seat. He had parked on a street, opened the door, and before he stepped out (thankfully) a drunk came along and smashed it right off and it went skidding down the street. When the cops got ahold of the guy, he said "I thought that was a helluva bump!" A body shop at the time found a compatible dark blue door at a junk yard in Ohio. It was shipped in, repainted light blue, and the car was repaired. Later, the woman whom my half-brother was married to at the time got into an accident while driving the car. The repairs from that were definitely not done well. That poor car suffered a lot before my parents got it. The accidents, rust, and a German Shepard that threw up in it. Talk about indignity! An interesting thing revealed by the Marti report is the coincidence with the numbers in the car's VIN and the zip code of the selling dealer.

 

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Now for photos of the 1973 hardtop. One interesting thing about this car is that the driver's and passenger's seats were reversed at the factory. The release handles for the seat backs were inboard instead of outboard. I switched the seats to their proper sides when I got the car. I mounted a 69/70 front license plate bracket on the car, by reaming out the holes in it to the necessary diameter. Then, a couple of weeks later, the original owner came down for a visit and brought the original bracket. He'd forgotten that he had it hanging up in his garage. (I never did use it, though.) He was a nice guy. He passed away in March, at age 92. His obituary mentioned his love for the Mustang. They didn't have a photo of the car, so I posted one for them. The following photos were taken shortly after I bought the car. It still had its original tires, after 23 years. I had to replace them, of course.

 

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Welcome from Illinois! As much as they are sad, I still like to hear these stories. Then I know I'm not alone when I think of all the cars I've left behind...or as my sons say "why'd you get rid of that!!?'

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Welcome from northern California.

Watkins Glen, used to go to the races

in the early '70s.  Camp out in the infield.

Lived in Ohio, not a long drive.

 

mike

 

Our 6 acres was located 2 miles southwest of the track. We heard all of the music of Summer Jam 1973 from our property, because of the output of the speaker system. I remember the year when they burned a Greyhound bus in 'The Bog'. Some wild times in those days.

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