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40,500 Original Miles: 1972 Ford Mustang Grande

By 1972 the Mustang was barely recognizable from the car that took the automotive world by storm in 1964. Every dimension on the car had increased, including weight. By the time this 1972 Mustang rolled off the production line the car had become more of a luxury GT coupe, but the buying public was still willing to part with their cash to enjoy the Mustang experience. This particular Mustang is listed for sale here on eBay. It is located in Hammond, Louisiana, and is offered with a clear title. The seller has set a BIN price of $15,800 but with the option to make an offer.

The seller claims that our feature car has traveled a mere 40,500 miles. As with all of these claims, I would hope that they are able to furnish some form of documentary evidence to back this. Leaving aside this claim, looking at the car indicates that it does appear to be in quite good condition. The paint is said to be original, and there are a few marks and chips that can be seen. Baring in mind that this is a 46-year-old car then that’s to be expected. There are two minor dings in the driver’s side front fender, but neither of these are big enough to crack the paint finish. There are also no visible signs of rust or corrosion, and the vinyl top looks to be in good condition.

The interior of the car presents well, with few obvious issues. All of the original fittings appear to be in place, and that high-mileage “tell-tale” of wear on the wheel rim appears to be absent. There is some scratching of the plastic on the seat belt, but otherwise the interior seems like a pleasant place to pass some time on a lazy Sunday drive.

Under the hood is the 302ci 2V engine which is backed by an automatic transmission. The car also comes with air conditioning, but we get no indication on whether this works or of the general condition of the car mechanically. The engine bay appears to have received a generous dose of detailing spray, but I did notice what looks like some form of corrosion in this photo just below the master cylinder, and even some on the passenger-side hood spring. Of course, it may also be nothing important.

At the asking price this 1972 Mustang Grande is probably sitting in about the right price range. If the low mileage can be verified then it may also represent quite a reasonable buy. It is never going to appeal to a muscle car aficionado, but for a person with a family who may be looking for a classic car, this may just be that car.


  1. flmikey

    You call it a Grande, the seller calls it a Grande Premier…it is neither…that being said, very nice car, and may be worth fairly near it’s asking price…

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  2. slickb

    I missed this thing sense September 18th when we saw it last

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    • AF

      It’s almost as fun reading about it the second time from the same site. I wonder which listing we will see again next?

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  3. Rusty

    Our very style-conscious neighbor bought one of these for his wife in green when i was a kid. His personal car was a Buick Centurion convertible in red, also a ’72 or ’73. I rode in them both as a kid but just didn’t “get it” at the time. The back seat of the Mustang was cramped and I couldn’t see out. I much preferred Mom’s ’71 LeMans coupe. The Buick was not quiet with that convertible top, and the exposed top framework seemed crude for something so glitzy. I thought my grandfather’s Electra 225 Limited 2-door was much more appealing if you were never going to put the top down. Or perhaps I was just jealous…

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  4. Miguel

    Here in Mexico they sold a GT351 model in these fat years.

    They are coupes and stick shifts.

    I am not sure if I should buy a couple.

    I am not sure if this body style will ever be a car people lust after.

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    • J Paul Member

      Aren’t those Mexican GT351s super rare, and also connected to Shelby in some way? While I’m not generally a fan of the ’71-’73 body style, it seems like a real GT351 would be an interesting, unique car with a great story.

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      • Miguel

        J Paul, I see a lot of them for sale here.

        The only way to tell if it is an original GT-351 is on the original invoice, which luckily is still with the car in each case.

        if I do go to buy one, I will verify it is a real one and not a stickered up fake.

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  5. Boss351

    This is a base coupe based on the 01 in the VIN. A Grande would be a 04 in the VIN.

    Nothing real special about this Mustang – It does have power front disk brakes but the original radio was an AM which appears to be in the pictures (Not a cassette per ad)

    Even if the miles were correct, its not worth much more than $10K. There aren’t many true fans of 71-73 big body Mustangs other than the Mach 1’s and the Boss 351’s.

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  6. Little_Cars Little Cars Member

    Seems anybody who has a Mustang notch from the early 70s with a vinyl roof wants to call their car a Grande. As pointed out by Boss351. Not so. This color would stand out at any Cars and Coffee but I see it getting old after a while. I know, I own a survivor MG in Harvest Gold from this same period, otherwise known as baby p**p yellow.

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  7. Bob C.

    Mustangs were never a good car to ride in the back seat in, unless you were a small child. The 302 shouldn’t be too thirsty. I still prefer this generation over the Pintostang II.

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    Boooooooring car.

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  9. 8banger Dave Mika Member

    What’s the little unplugged vacuum hose go to?

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  10. Andre

    I’m sorry it’s a nice car from a preservation perspective but man these are ugly boats.

    I’d have a hard time wrapping my head around someone “really wanting” one of these. It’s like they were designed to fail…

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  11. David Frank David F Member

    Bill made a good case for this not being a Grande in his write up by pointing out the incorrect hubcaps, interior and such. Whatever the case, it looks like a nice survivor. Just fix the AC, drive and enjoy. We are so lucky in the US to see cars like these on the road.

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  12. Crazyhawk

    You just don’t see newer cars painted gold anymore. At least not this yellow gold. Never liked it before. Now , when I see it, it makes me smile. $$$GOLD$$$

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    • Pete H.

      Smile away my friend.

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  13. Don H

    I think that every one with a 71 to 73 mustang coupe, thinks it’s a grande ,and I do like the mach 1s better but I like the coupes to 🐎

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  14. Davis

    I am in the minority on these, I like them, especially the plainer ones like this with the flat, no scoops hood, and no spoilers.

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  15. JoeNYWF64

    I really like these non fastbacks – long hood/good visibility out the rear window. Good proportions.
    & the ONLY stang generation with hidden wipers!!!
    I wonder why ford got rid of the shaker hood scoop option.
    Unlike ’70s gm f bodies that use vega modified seats that are higher, i would raise the drivers seat (at least) up on blocks on this stang. Same with 70’s challenger & cuda – i dont like sitting “on the floor”.
    With the right engine, these stangs are no slouches.
    I wonder if any of these non fastbacks in ’71 could have snuck out with a boss 351, if you knew someone!!

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  16. KawiVulc

    I know a guy who says these are his favorite Mustangs. Not my own favorite but I like them. Nice lines. My sister had one in the mid 70’s. First car I ever rode in with a tape deck. I could drive this one, not every day but once in a while it’d be fun.

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  17. Jeff

    Huge potential, but only if you heat up the engine and throw in a 5-speed behind it. That costs $$. And if you leave it original, it’s not worth the asking price. Maybe $10k to the right buyer, tops.

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  18. Russell Casey

    My least favorite Mustang, both the coupe and flatback. I have owned a 67 coupe and a 70 fastback. This thing is just not my cup of tea.

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  19. Lance Platt

    The Mustang seems like a nice survivor from a bygone era. I agree it’s not a muscle car with a V8 of approximately 140 net horsepower but it has enough torque to make the Ford a good cruiser to drive to car shows. The front bucket seats and floor mounted automatic that Mustangs had still imparts a sporty style. We take this set-up for granted today.

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  20. theGasHole

    A 72 Convertible was my first “classic car” back when I was 20. Bought it from my grandmom, who had bought it new. 351C, red with white and black interior. Drove that thing through 4 Montana winters. By 1999 it was time to let her go, with over 200k miles on it. I do miss that car though.
    I agree that a lot of people don’t care for this era of the ‘Stang. I have had almost every year of Mustang from 65 to 73. While 69 & 70 are probably my favorite, I have a soft spot for the 71-73 era which has generally been unloved, save for the Mach 1’s. Prices are rising on the 71-73’s though, and this one seems decent if it’s your cup of tea.

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  21. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    I remember when these were new, my father wanted to transition from GM to Ford but the 71-73 ‘Stang convertibles were offered at premium prices due to the “end of the American convertible.” Inexplicably we never spotted one with every option box ticked either and I remember some would have wheelcovers instead of road wheels, no air, no gauge upgrade, manual drum brakes, etc. So in the end he bought our 71 Firebird or 70-72 Cutlass ragtop instead.

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  22. Troy s

    Wheels keep it from being completely boring..bit wider tires, noisy flowmaster mufflers, throw on a four barrel set up, and it might catch a few more smiles. I like these bigger mustangs, particularly the Mach 1 and Boss 351’s, but I’ve seen a few coupes dolled up that ran like a bandit. We all know what came after these…

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  23. r s

    My best friend bought a Grandé in high school. When some of us found out he had bought the car from a lady named Dagney Quandee, we rode him constantly about his ‘Dagney Quandee Grondee’.

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