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1978 Mustang Specifications
1978 Cobra II 2 3 4 5 1978 Hatchback 2 3 1978 Ghia 2 3 4
1978 King Cobra 2 3 4 5 1978 Coupe 2 3 4 5 6
1978 was the last year for the Mustang II, along with the Mach 1. Like some other Fords between '78 and '82, the Mustang was being re-designed for '79 with an all-new look for the dawn of the '80's. The most notable changes to all Mustang II models in '78 was several new two-tone paint colors, and two seperate rear-seat cushions, instead of a single cushion with an attached padded hump in the middle. 

New variable-ratio power steering was available, along with a Fashion Accessory Package for the coupe. Designed to appeal to women, it included cloth seat inserts, driver's side illuminated sun visor mirror, a four-way adjustable driver's seat, coin tray, map pockets, and pin stripes. The biggest news for 1978 was the King Cobra, which was made in '78 only. 

The most desirable and collecible of II's, the King Cobra was a package for hatchbaks only, and it consisted of a front air-dam, rear spoiler, fender flares, reverse-facing hood scoop with 5.0 decal, pin striping around the whole car, blacked-out trim, King Cobra decals on the doors and rear spoiler, T-tops, huge snake hood decal like the Trans-Am's screaming chicken, the 302-V8, 4-speed, and performance suspension. King Cobra interiors were similar to Cobra II's, which continued. Only about 5,000 King Cobras were made, and came in Red, Silver, Black, Brown, Blue, and White.

Production Numbers:
2dr Hardtop: 81,304
69F 3dr Hatchback: 68,408
60H 2dr Hardtop Ghia:
69R 3dr Hatchback Mach 1: 7,968

Available Engines:
140cid 2.3L 2V 4cyl 88hp
171cid 2.8L 2V V-6 90hp
302cid 5.0L 2V V-8 139hp

Available Exterior Colors
Silver Metallic1G
Bright Red2R
Dark Midnight Blue3A
Dark Jade Metallic46
Medium Chestnut Metallic5M
Dark Brown Metallic5Q
Bright Yellow6E
Aqua Glow7H
Aqua Metallic7Q
Chamois Glow8W
Light Chamois83
Polar White9D
Available Tu-tone Exterior Color Combinations
Body color/accent colorCode
Bright Yellow/Black6E/1C
Bright Aqua Metallic/White7H/9D
Light Aqua Metallic/White7Q/9D
Light Chamois/Medium Chestnut Metallic83/5M
White/Bright Red9D/2R
White/Aqua Metallic9D/7Q
Wheel Base: 96.2"
Height: 50.3"
Width: 70.2"
Length: 175"

Coupe: 2,610 lbs.
Fastback: 2,669 lbs.
Ghia: 2,642 lbs.
Mach 1: 2,7
35 lbs.
Track, frt/rear: 55.6/55.8 inches

Retail Prices:
Standard Coupe: $3,824.00
Coupe, Ghia, Standard: $4,242.00
Hatchback, Standard: $4,088.00
Hatchback, Mach 1, Standard: $4,523.00

Interior TrimCode
White/Aqua 7
White/Gold 8

Vehicle Identification Numbers

Engine Codes
140cid 2.3L 2V 4cyl 88hpY
171cid 2.8L 2V V-6 90hpZ
302cid 5.0L 2V V-8 139hpF
8 - Last digit of model year
F - Assembly plant (F-Dearborn
, R-San Jose)
2 - Body code (02-2dr hardtop, 03-3dr hatchback, 04-2dr hardtop Ghia, 05-3dr hatchback Mach 1)
Y - Engine Code
100001 - Consecutive unit number

Stamped on the plate which is riveted to the driver's side of the dash; the certification label is attached to the rear face of the driver's door.