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This One’s A Convertible: 1973 Ford Mustang


We recently featured a 1971 Mustang survivor and wondered out loud if the time had finally arrived for these large 1971-73 Mustangs. Now we have a 1973 that’s not in quite as nice condition, but hold on to your wig Mabel, it’s a drop top! It’s listed here on eBay and is being auctioned for even less money than the 1971, with an opening bid of $2,999 and no reserve! It’s located in Ladson, South Carolina.


The boot cover looks like a nice place for a homecoming queen or king to sit, doesn’t it? However, the pronounced droop towards the rear is an issue. The seller has purchased two brand new rear springs and is including them in the auction. They also speak about some rust issues, which somehow don’t surprise me. But it’s a drop top!


I’m liking the profile of these cars more and more, especially the nose with the body colored bumpers. Considering what Ford had to work with at the time, they really aren’t bad cars, are they? And just imagine what the price would be if this were a 1964-70 car!


No, the interior isn’t gorgeous, but I could certainly enjoy this car this summer, right? Perhaps in the winter I’d take a closer look at things, but right now I’d want to be out soaking up the rays! (yes, I wear sunscreen, hats and appropriate sunglasses!)


The 351 cubic inch V8 will get along pretty well even with only a 2 barrel carburetor, but you could certainly wake it up a little bit with some easily obtainable performance parts and a little work. There’s even factory air conditioning buried under all that smog equipment! The seller has done some recent brake work and several other maintenance items to get the car ready to drive. They are even trying to recharge the air conditioning themselves to try to get it working by the end of the auction (what a radical idea! I wish more sellers would think about that!) What do you think about this inexpensive Mustang ragtop?



  1. piper62j

    I restore these 123 Mustangs and have found the convertibles to be the worst for rust.. .This one has the rim blow steering wheel, which is very desirable and expensive to replace..

    Like all Mustangs, these did not receive any factory rustproofing like todays’ cars get, so rust (especially after 40+) years is a given..

    These 123 Mustangs are coming into their own and I’ve noticed the prices on the rise. I have never had a problem selling one, especially the Mach 1s, convertibles or base fastbacks.. The coups are another story.. LOL

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  2. Dolphin Member

    Ford made a convertible police car version Mustang in ’73? Cool. That must have been the one in the car pool that the troopers wanted most.

    Wait…. OK I see, we aren’t on the cop car theme anymore.

    Never mind.

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  3. EJB

    My first Mustang was a 73′ Convertible so I’ll always have a soft spot for these big clydesdale ponies. I learned a lot with that car, most importantly: I had a lot to learn about restoring a car.

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  4. Jack

    My dad bought me a 73 grande 351c with 38000 miles with a promise that I’d never buy a motorcycle, I was 17 at the time 1979, I popped the motor ( floated the valves and cracked a piston and block at 60000 miles, it was a wild thing at 17. 129 miles per hour flat out. Put in another 351c used. As time went and then it sat till 2004 and I sold it for $2500 needing serious rust work. It’s still on the road today locally on its Secour’s owner from me. Looking like new.

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  5. Jim Marshall

    I sold these back then and actually they weren’t very popular as a lot of people thought this Mustang had gotten just to big. Little did they know what was coming next in the Mustang 11. If this car has air conditioning you can’t prove it by me. No sign of a compressor or A/C plumbing. This is a factory air car with that big piston compressor Ford used throughout the 70’s.

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  6. Jay D.M.

    Charge the A/C over the weekend? Makes you wonder about all the other repairs he has done.

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