When the Fox-body Ford Mustang arrived for 1979, Ford had to deal with a market that favored economy more than performance.
The OPEC oil crisis had unfolded just as the Mustang II was introduced for 1974. While that car sold well, it was lambasted for lackluster performance. The lukewarm 302-ci V8 just wasn’t endearing to those who recalled Mustangs with Ram Air 429s under the hood.
A new governmental mandate called CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) was also in the Read More