Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Alameda Street Sighting - 1976 Ford Mustang II
This car is a fairly simple Mustang II notchback coupe, possibly a Ghia trim going by the remains of a vinyl roof and evidence of a C-pillar badge that's now missing. The wire hubcaps are another indication. Note the once color-matched body rub strips. This was a fairly common feature on 1970s Fords, either to match or contrast the body color on the rub strips instead of using just plain black rubber. It was clever but the strips have mostly faded to white now. I assume this car was red once. In the yellowish evening light it was hard to tell, making the car appear orange. For all I know it could be a repaint. Interior looks like red vinyl, a combination I don't expect to make a return anytime soon as a factory option.
There are a few Mustang IIs roaming around Alameda (or at least taking up space there), which I appreciate since at least some of these little cars need to be preserved. This one's getting pretty rough, but it can be saved if someone cares enough to do so.