60k Genuine Miles: 1972 Ford Mustang Convertible

This 1972 Mustang Convertible has been owned by the same person since 1975. It has spent 25-years in dry storage, and has been rolled out, revived, and is now ready to head to a new home. It is located in Leicester, North Carolina, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has now reached $13,099, and with the reserve having been met, it seems a certainty that the Mustang will soon be on the move.

The Medium Bright Yellow paint on the Mustang looks really good, although the car did undergo a repaint at some point in the 1980s. That was more than 30-years-ago, and it appears to have survived quite well. The Mustang has recently been fitted with a new top, and this looks great. The owner provides a number of photos of the car up on a lift, and all of the usually rust-prone areas of the car look to be solid and clean. Having a good look around the outside of the car is also quite promising, with no obvious signs of rust in the rockers, quarter panels, the corners of the doors, or the shock towers.

This is the only shot we get of the interior, and it also looks quite reasonable. The big-ticket item that will require replacement is the dash pad, which is quite badly cracked. The carpet also looks like it might be a bit faded, but it is still acceptable for a driver quality car. The dash itself looks like it has escaped modification, with the original radio still sitting in its rightful place. The door trims and seats look like they have survived quite well, but if you look right across the interior condition, there is nothing there that would require immediate and urgent attention.

Powering the Mustang is the 351ci 2-V engine, which is mated to a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission, while the car is also fitted with power steering. After its 25-year slumber, it now appears that the Mustang is in good health following a bit of work. The fuel tank is new, as is the pump and all of the hydraulic components in the brakes. The carburetor has also been given a rebuild, and the owner says that the car drives like new. He also states that the car has covered a mere 60,000 miles and that he holds full documentation to verify this.

As the last of the 1st Generation Mustangs rolled off the production line, they were a completely different car to the original that had caused such a sensation only a few years earlier. Every dimension had increased, but they still remained an attractive car. This is a nice, rust-free convertible that can be driven and enjoyed right now. Whether or not it is a car that suits your taste, the fact is that it is a low-mileage example that is about to head to a new home. Could that home be yours?


  1. NotSure

    I have a distant cousin that owns the exact car although it may be equipped with a manual tranny. He bought it used in 1975 when he was in high school. He only drove it a few years and then put it up. Last I knew it’s still sitting in his barn and needed work on the top mechanism. I was a kid when he took me out for an ice cream with top down. I ought to look the old boy up!

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  2. HydTech

    This car may have been Repainted in the past, but it hasn’t Undergone a Repaint. It’s been pointed out by a couple readers before, Repaint is not a noun. Nothing can undergo one, and nothing can be given one. If a car needs Repainting, you can Repaint it, and then the car can be considered Repainted. Nice car though!

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    • Jwinters

      it can be used as a verb or a noun.


      [ verb ree-peynt; noun ree-peynt, ree-peynt ]SHOW IPA


      verb (used with object)
      1to paint again:
      to repaint the house.
      2a part repainted, especially a part of a picture by a restorer.
      3the act of repainting.

  3. Bob C.

    This generation was pretty big and bulky, but I’ll still take it over the Mustang II. Nice survivor.

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  4. Murray Member

    Nice car. I have a 1973 Mustang Convertible that has travelled 15900 actual miles. Just lowered the front an inch and changed the wheels. Really don’t drive it much but I love looking at it. I did keep all the original wheels and springs so stock can be put right back. Mine is 100% stock original aside from the 2 changes that again could be swapped back.

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  5. Little_Cars

    Always liked the rear treatment on the 71-73. Very contemporary and refined for the time. The extra long flat hood and snorkel grille, not so much. Would it be too much to find more cars from this period that DID come with air conditioning as opposed to NOT? The world is getting warming these days, and black interiors and tops aren’t getting any cooler. Even my cheap old man, the depression-era curmudgeon that he was, bought a new car in 1973 with air conditioning.

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    • Miguel

      LC, I assume the question of the air would depend on where the car was sold new.

      A lot of California cars had air, unless they were the most basic models.

  6. TimM

    It’s a clean car!! Don’t see them come up in this condition often!!

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