1973 Mustang marked the end of the first generation. The fuel crisis had
moved buyers' preferences from large, gas-guzzling muscle cars to smaller,
more fuel-efficient cars. The turn signals in the grille were turned
vertical rather than the horizontal placement on 1971-1972 models. Chrome
headlight and taillights bezels replaced the black from 1971-1972. Due to
government regulations, the 1973 Mustang would be the last Mustang
convertible until 1983. 1973 would be
the last year for Mustang Grandé.
The Mach 1 lost it's pop-open fuel door, and the side
stripes were lowered and thicker, with "Mach 1" written inside the stripe in
front of the rear wheel rather than on the front fender behind the front
The low-budget movie Gone in 60 Seconds was released in 1974. It was
a 90-minute movie with a 40-minute chase scene featuring a yellow 1973 Mach
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