1979 Ford Mustang II 5L V8 Ghia


  • Original and unrestored yet solid condition 
  • Historic Vehicle with useful MOT to June 2025
  • Top specification Ghia with 302CI 5litre V8 
  • Recent tune up and service 
  • Retains its bespoke Ghia features inside and out 

The Appeal 

The Mustang II was planned as a reset. In the face of the fuel crisis, Lee Iacocca wanted to get back to the car’s roots. The new Pinto-based car would be smaller and cheaper than recent Mustangs. Buyers loved it. 
The first owner of this Mustang clearly didn’t get the fuel crisis memo. He specified the revered Windsor V8, here in 302CI 5litre capacity. It is also in top specification Ghia trim which added pinstriping, vinyl roof, veneer trim, plush velour seats and chrome trim. Built at Dearborn in 1977 it was first registered here in April 1978. 
Finished in period-appropriate bronze metallic with a buttoned velour tan interior, this characterful mini-muscle car is pleasingly very original. There is scope to improve it, but with a long, advisory-free MOT to June 2025 and recent tune up and service, likely the first thing any buyer will want to do is fire it up and enjoy the burble. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First UK registered 1st April 1978 
  • Chassis records show it was built in 1977 at Dearborn 
  • The same records confirm this is a factory built 5L Ghia 
  • Registered a Historic Vehicle so MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 
  • Some spares included which are shown in boot in photographs 
  • Good history dating back to 2005 and shown in photographs 
  • These include receipts for extensive parts acquired in 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Handwritten invoices from 2005 and various invoices from Chequers Garage
  • Engine and gearbox work in 2015
  • Engine tune up in February 2023
  • Steering wheel replaced and car serviced in March 2023 
  • Old MOTs to verify mileage 
  • MOT to 3rd June 2025 with no advisories and 58,085 miles showing on test 
  • Now showing 58,085 miles in photographs 

The Condition

  • Very original and factory correct top specification Ghia 
  • Retains its Ghia exterior and interior features in generally good order
  • Bronze metallic paintwork which appears to be original 
  • Paintwork shows aging in photographs due to originality 
  • Photographs show paintwork microblistering and various edge and panel chips 
  • Bodywork is solid with some localised points to note in photographs 
  • This includes both door bottoms which have surface bubbling 
  • Scuffs to corners of front and rear bumpers 
  • Exterior fittings including glassworks, trim and lights generally well kept 
  • Retains its Ghia-badged brown vinyl roof in good order
  • Some tarnish visible to certain chrome trim as shown in photographs 
  • Small diameter alloy wheels in original unrestored condition 
  • Steel spare wheel with what appears to be a recent tyre fitted
  • ‘Pocket luxury interior with beige button velour Ghia specification seats 
  • Cabin is generally well kept with some signs of wear due to originality 
  • Small tear to one of the rear seat bases and a couple of seat buttons discoloured
  • Light wear to switchgear as shown in photographs with some minor modifications 
  • Veneer to two-tone tan and beige dashboard, all generally well kept 
  • Centre console and door cards in similar presentable condition 
  • Modern stereo fitted with Bluetooth functionality 
  • Recently replaced wood-rimmed three spoke wheel with spare in boot 
  • Carpets present well with no obvious damage or wear 
  • Underside presents well with no structural advisories on last MOT test 

The Mechanics 

  • 4,950cc Windsor 302CI V8 engine developing 139bhp 
  • 3spd automatic gearbox with wooden gear knob 
  • Generally well kept engine bay with some variations from standard
  • Engine tune up and service in early 2023 with little use since 
  • Due to recent long-term storage some recommissioning should be anticipated
  • No reported running or driving issues
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 

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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1979
  • Make Ford
  • Model Mustang
  • Colour Bronze
  • Mileage 58,085 Miles
  • Engine size 4950
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Harlow
  • County Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
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  • Colincl•••• £2,000 18/07/24

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