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Original Outside, Refurbished Inside!


Frequently I see cars that are repainted on the outside, but worn out on the inside. This 1972 Ford Mustang coupe is just the opposite (I think) with what looks to be pretty decent original paint and decals on the outside, but a refurbished (note, I did not say restored) interior. The example of Ford’s largest pony car is available in Omaha, Nebraska and can be viewed here in the eBay listing where the opening bid is $6,900 and there is no reserve.


It’s nice to see this shot of original paint on the floors with very little corrosion. The seller does tell us there is some rust; I’ll get to that in a minute. The seller describes the car as a daily driver, which gives me high hopes for its reliability and general mechanical condition. In today’s world, it also means you at least have a shot at working air conditioning (it is present in the pictures, although nothing is said about its condition).


So what’s bad, Jamie?  I’ll tell you…there’s some rust starting to appear in the fender lips, quarter panels, and hood. Bummer! If this is a repaint, the course is pretty obvious; repair and refinish. If, however, this is the original paint, I suspect some of you would try to control it and keep the paint. I struggle with that course of action, but certainly understand and respect folks that do that.


On to the interior. The dash and console look remarkably good for a car with 111,111 miles (yes, I know that’s a bogus figure, but since they went six digits so will I). However, the seats have been upholstered similarly but not the same as the original pattern and material. How much does this matter to you? What surprises me about this is that factory replica upholstery kits are available from several sources like this one for less than $200! Oh well. As to the steering wheel–I’ll be the first one to tell you that I don’t like the standard 1972 Mustang steering wheel; it’s not sporting enough for me. And I’ll give them credit for sourcing a Mustang logo center cap. But I think I’d look a little harder for a wheel.


It’s a clean and original looking 302 2-barrel V8; nothing remarkable her, although it’s nice to see a belt on the air conditioning unit. So what do you think of this Mustang?


  1. motoring mo

    I want some time behind that wheel. Awesome.

  2. Alan (Michigan )

    Jamie, is an all-aces odometer that tough to believe?

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Yes, although I did take a picture very similar to that once. 232323.2 :-)

    • Bud Derrick

      My 2004 Dodge Truck a few months ago.


  3. JW

    Nice car just not one of my favorite year Mustangs. Sister and brother-inlaw had one of these and same color interior and out but no stripes.

  4. Blindmarc

    Like the hub caps. You don’t see those too often….

  5. Tom Driscoll

    More Mustang mania…as always, the motor makes the mustang…the pedestrian 2v cars vs the real performers. Never understood why Ford was so stingy when it came to 4bbl power…Gm handed out quadrajets like candy, with Ford, it was like pulling teeth. 1972 IS my favorite year across the boards…still potential for solid power, while maintaining the iconic look and build of the muscle car formative years…and I do like disc brakes and decent seatbelts. This car has a nice look, but seems a little fluffed for sale…the air cleaner repaint is a dead give away…for me, a slightly scratched original is preferred over a quick spray job…

  6. the one

    70 Mach 1 best looking best sounding..

  7. Wm Lawrence

    Cheap, ugly vinyl. Looks like it came off of Jerry Aldini’s couch.

  8. Philip

    Perfect car to turn into a performance driver. Bore and stroke the 302 to 334 add the obligatory performance prerequisites, some wheels and tyres then roll. Keep the AC. Remove the faux luggage rack.My favorite year, ..Not all that rare or special, why not make it what you want. Maybe even add fuel injection. 1600$ is all it costs for a self contained learning system. Sky’s the limit with a clean car like this.

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