1976 – 1978 Ford Mustang
In 1976, Ford offered the “Stallion” appearance group including styled wheels, blacked-out grille, bumpers and body moldings as well as the “Cobra II” appearance package with black grille, simulated hood scoop, front and rear spoilers, quarter window louvers, accent stripes and snake emblems — available with all engine choices. Automotive historian Gary Witzenburg observed that properly equipped, the thing actually performed pretty well by 1976 standards.”
The 1977 model year introduced a “Sports Appearance Group” for the Ghia model that was color matched to either black or tan paint, as well as several minor styling changes and color options for the Cobra II. Also new was a T-top option for the fastback featuring twin removable tinted glass panels.
In 1978, the “King Cobra” became available. This was a limited edition version with 4,313 units produced. It featured a deep air-dam, stripes, and a “Pontiac Trans-Am style” cobra snake decal on the hood. The King Cobra was available only with the V8 to help bolster the car’s performance image.
On the momentum of the Mustang II’s successful sales, a totally new Mustang was introduced for the 1979 model year.