Sunday, November 24, 2019

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra

The mid 70s were not good for muscle cars. Among the most hated is the 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra. This was a limited edition version with 4,313 units produced. The King Cobra was available only with the V8 to help bolster the car's 'performance image'.

To make up for the 130 odd horsepower of the 302-cu.in., Ford went the “paint and tape-stripe” route. They called it King Cobra and it was a PoS. The Mustang II owes its roots to the Ford Pinto, and it shows.
Ironically, the only thing the Mustang II King Cobra was king of was price. A King Cobra cost about $6,350, an insane sum in 1978. When new, a stock King Cobra wheezed its way to 60 mph in 11.2 seconds. It didn’t fare better in the quarter-mile with an elapsed time of 16.59 seconds at 82 mph.