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AJ's Car of the Day 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II V8

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Car: Ford Mustang II Cobra II

Year: 1976

What makes it special: The second generation Mustang was introduced in 1974 in response to the growing demand for smaller cars during the embargo-induced fuel crisis of the 1970's. Gas mileage meant there was no option for a V8 engine in ’74 Mustangs, but 1975  brought a return to V8 power with an optional 140 hp 302 cu in V8.

What made it famous:  For 1976, special appearance packages like the Mustang II Cobra II offered various cosmetic body features like a simulated hood scoop, front and rear spoilers and cobra-themed graphics.

Why I would want one: After years of ridicule, the Mustang II Cobra II is beginning to garner some respect. The white with dual blue stripes reminds me of the famous Carroll Shelby GT350 coupes of 1966-'66. Even though it's 302 V8 lacked power initially, it's still a V8, and prime for various aftermarket bolt-on horsepower goodies, and "tweaking" to get it up to snuff.

Fun fact: In the seventies TV series "Charlie's Angels", actress Farrah Fawcett-Majors character Jill Monroe drove a Mustang II Cobra II.

( 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II photo from allfordmustangs.com )

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