Mustang Timeline: 1974

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The 1974 Mustang marked the beginning of the "Mustang II" generation. These smaller cars had weaker engines due to the fuel crisis, and proved to be a  hit with buyers. Even with slower cars and higher prices, sales nearly tripled the 1973 numbers, and the Mustang II was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Mustang IIs featured rack-and-pinion steering, which made driving easier and more comfortable. The switch to rack-and-pinion became a popular modification for first-generation owners.

Convertible Mustangs weren't offered in 1974 due to federal safety regulations, and the Ghia replaced the Grandé as the luxury Mustang.

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140cid 2.3L 2V 4-cyl 88 hp Y Code
171cid 2.8L 2V V-6 105 hp Z Code

Coupe, standard $3,134
Coupe, Ghia, standard $3,480
Hatchback, standard $3,328
Hatchback, Mach 1, standard $3,674

Coupe, standard 177,671
Coupe, Ghia, standard 89,477
Hatchback, standard 74,799
Hatchback, Mach 1, standard 44,046
Total 385,993

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Vehicle Identification Numbers
4 Last digit of model year
R Assembly plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose)
04 Body code for Ghia (02-Coupe, 03-Hatchback, 05-Mach 1)
Y Engine code
100001 Consecutive unit number



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