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1976 Mustang: Most Valued 70’s Model with Present Values

1976 Mustang

1976 Mustang was considered to be one of the most excellent and renowned models, which has double the value of its real price in recent times of high technology cars. A lot of previously made mistakes were corrected here. However, with this, it came par as one of the most used and bought cars with the trendy style of the 90s.

The 1976 Mustang changes were primarily cosmetic. Paint and trim alterations were among these 1976 aesthetic body improvements. Along with the introduction of the Cobra II package and a new “Stallion” look package, all the variations from the 1975 model year were carried over. As a result, the Mustang became, in its own unique ways, faster, better, and more fashionable.

1976 Mustang: Engine

1976 Mustang: Engine

The engine for the 1976 mustang was presented on stages and went through a lot of changes in time because of the trims. Overall, the engine of the Mustang was considered to be the most powerful of all the engines in any of the Ford models. However, here are some of the specifications of the different engines used in the 1976 mustang.

Windsor Engine

Power (hp)140 hp @ 4,200 RPM
Torque (lb. /ft)234 lb. /ft @ 2,200 RPM
Firing order1 – 5 – 4 – 2 – 6 – 3 – 7 – 8

171 Cologne V6

Power (hp)105 hp @ 4,600 RPM
Torque (lb. /ft)140 lb. /ft @ 3,200 RPM
Firing order1-4-2-5-3-6

140 Lima Inline 4 Engine

Power (hp)88 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque (lb. /ft)116 lb. /ft @ 2,600 RPM
Firing order1-3-4-2

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1976 Ford Mustang: Exterior and Interior

There were a total of 15 exterior colors available for the 1976 Mustang. The only structural alterations to the body for 1976 were aesthetic ones, leaving the car’s dimensions and weight almost unchanged from the model from the previous year. The exterior and interior features for the 1976 mustang changed as per the introduction of the new trim release.

The most popular ones were Ghia, Mach, and Shadow. However, these trims come up as the sub-trims of Notchback and Hatchback coupe. Above all, they had a similarity in sharing many exterior and interior colors. Some of the most popular exterior colors available for the 1976 Mustang range are Black, Silver, Vermillion, Bright Blue, Silver Blue Glow, Medium Green, Medium Ivy Bronze, Dark Yellow Green, Medium Chestnut, Dark Brown, Tan Glow, Bright Yellow, Cream, Medium Gol and Polar White.

Some available colors for Interior Vinyl Style for the 1976 Mustang Range are Black, Medium poly Blue, Bright Red Poly, Light Green Poly, Medium Aqua Poly, Silver Poly, Silver Blue Poly, Light Tan, White, and Saddle Poly.

1976 Ford Mustang: Trim and Dimensions


1976 Mustang II. Customers were still overwhelmingly drawn to the Ghia trim. Performance was no longer as important as luxury. Half vinyl roof, hood striping, bodyside moldings, velour cloth upholstery with color-keyed sun visors and headliner, and center console were all offered in the 1976 Mustang Ghia optioned coupe.

Body TypeCoupe
No. of Doors2
Length175 inches
Width70.2 inches
Height50 inches
Wheelbase 96.2 in
Weight2730 lbs 
Tires TypeBR78-13
Tires Size5 x 13 inches

Mach 1

The more powerful engine from the previous year was installed in the 1976 Mustang Mach 1. It had some unique built-in features, such as an additional cooling package, an exhaust with brilliant tips, a computerized clock, color-keyed wireless router side mirrors, and leather-wrapped wheel bearings. The 1976 Mach 1 was only offered as a hatchback.

Body TypeHatchback Coupe
No. of Doors3
Length175 inches
Width70.2 inches
Height49.7 inches
Wheelbase 96.2 inches
Weight2793 lbs.
Tires TypeBR70-13
Tires Size5 x 13 inches

Cobra II

1976 Mustang cobra
Credits: Gari

The name helped to enhance the Mustang’s reputation and boost sales even if the Cobra II did not perform up to its name in terms of performance. The Cobra II was only available with interiors in Blue, White/Blue, or Black, and only in the following color combinations: White with Blue stripes, Blue with White stripes, or Black with Gold stripes. It was not given performance-enhancing suspension or engine upgrades. An engine update, which was available for all models, was the only performance improvement. The type of engine it uses is a 5.0 L Ford Windsor V8 302.

The Shadow

FAQs on 1976 Mustang

This model has a fierce style. The Shadow, as its name suggested, was Ford’s optional all-black sports package for Mach 1 in 1976. It has the Mach 1 options, a black body, a black or bright red upholstery, brushed aluminum instrument panel applique, black window moldings and wiper arms, competitive suspension, Traction-Lok differential axle, and an additional cooling package.

FAQs on 1976 Mustang

How many Mustangs were produced in 1976?

In 1976, 187,567 Mustangs were sold, essentially unchanged from 1975.

What’s the price of used mustangs?

The antique Ford Mustang 1965 sells at an average price between 30,000 and 40,000 USD.

How uncommon are 1970 Mustangs?

There’s no denying that all-original 1970 Ford Mustangs are uncommon. Still, every so often, one will turn up out of nowhere, either after someone discovers a superbly preserved model kept in a barn or a collector decides to sell such a treasure.

What is the 1976 Mustang Rear Axle Ratio?

The rear axle ratio of the ’76 Mustang is 3.73.


Most of the 1976 Ford Mustangs are still most renowned and fantastic cars. Thus, even the stickers for 70’s Mustangs costs around $3000 approx. However, an overall perspective for the mustangs was their stylish looks. However, its charm always leads to sparkling eyes for its buyers.

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