1977 Mustang II
For Sale… Maybe. Runs great, make an offer.
I’ve been asked a lot about selling this car over the years and I’ve decided to take offers. I’m honestly in no rush to sell it but thought I would open it up to see if it might be worth it. Long story short you can make an offer here info@KevinSheaAdams.com
This car has been my daily driver for five years (I’ve put about 50k miles on it) with very few issues. It is extremely reliable. I’ve driven it up and down the state between SF and LA many times and on countless road trips. Originally purchased near Vallejo in Nor Cal where it had been sitting in a garage for decades. It’s been in California it’s whole life so no rust issues. Everything about the car is original save for the vinyl top which I had redone since the old vinyl got a bit chewed up over the years.
If you don’t know about this model (as I didn’t when I bought it) this is basically a post-oil crisis Mustang. They weren’t really collected since they aren’t exactly muscle cars like their predecessors from the sixties and early ‘70s, they were designed to be much more economical and so this car’s fuel efficiency rivals a lot of the cars on the road today. Mustang IIs were pretty shunned for this reason and the majority of them were destroyed. In any case, the dismissal of the Mustang II is exactly what makes them super rare today—in five years I have never, not even once, seen one on the road, and everyone at every red light chats me up about how they too haven’t seen one in ages etc etc. To say it’s popular is an understatement, it’s borderline annoying but it’s fun how much people love it. The design is super unique (basically Lee Iacocca meets Ghia which Ford acquired in the mid-70s) which is what drew me to it. When people talk my ear off about it I often just say “still works!” and move on. All that said, this is why it’s a hard car to value in any kind of Kelly Blue Book way, and to be honest I know what I’ve got here. Would love to find someone who would restore it a bit and enjoy it as much as I have, I just drive a bit too much and too far these days and need a bigger vehicle I can camp in from time to time (could be open to trades for a 4Runner or maybe a truck with shell).
OK here’s the details…
~125k original miles.
4-on-the-floor manual transmission. 4 cylinder engine. Not exactly fast, but it’s a stick so you can punch it and it goes. Does 75mph on the freeway all day long and even will pass at 85mph when you need it to.
Exceptional gas mileage for it’s age: 18-20mpg city and up to 26-28 highway. Makes you think.
I have fixed lots of little things over the years but
very recently it’s gotten:
• Brand new clutch
• New tires (6 months old)
• New Timing Belt (~1yr)
• Brakes just done.
• 1 yr old Catalytic Converter (tho it passed smog fine for 4 years straight!)
• New Radiator (car hasn’t overheated once, even on long drives on highways in Vegas, Mexico and 100 degree Central Valley.)
When I bought the car I had the transmission rebuilt because it wasn’t shifting into second gear. The transmission rebuild is solid. I’ve had the carburetor overhauled and rebuilt a few times over the years and right now it is in a very good place - no stalling at all, car idles around 700 rpm, and starts easy even in cold weather.
Most repairs to this car have been between $100-400 and I’m happy to intro you to my mechanics in LA. Parts are readily available since it’s a Ford and labor is cheap because the machinery is not complex.
I’ve religiously done oil changes at 3k miles. 20W50.
I have receipts for all other work done on vehicle.
What does it need?
Nothing really, it’s running great right now (just did an 800 mile trip). My mechanic told me it does lose a bit of oil (which just makes a bit of a mess under the motor and makes you need to keep a closer eye on oil level - he quoted a $325 repair for this).
The interior is in good shape and would spring to life if you detailed it. You could easily doll it up if you’re savvy with upholstery or salvaging little parts online (tons of groups to buy these parts for extremely cheap). I’ve used this car primarily as a surf vehicle, so I just don’t pay much attention to interior :)
No heat or AC. I have been fine with this here in SoCal but up to you to fix. Radiator is new as mentioned but previous owner bypassed heat channels into the cabin likely because there is a leak, a pretty common practice. It has an AC on the dash but I’ve never looked into it getting it working, blows fine though.
Horn doesn’t work :)
You could probably pop the dents out with a toilet plunger and touch up the body with a small can of original paint inside an afternoon. I hear you can still get it from Ford. I have been lazy about the small cosmetic things but they are easily fixed. A couple years ago I did a full treatment on the paint (compound, wax) and it really gleamed.
Text or email an offer to Kevin here: