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1979 Mustang Specifications
1979 Cobra 2 3 1979 Ghia 1979 Hatchback
1979 Pacecar
The third-generation (TGM) was a complete departure from previous Mustangs. The only styling Q's reminiscent of previous Mustangs were the long nose and short deck. Ford went to great efforts to make the third-generation Mustang a design success and possibly one of the best Mustangs ever. It is true that the TGM shared the FOX platform with the Fairmont and Zephyr, but few realize that the Fairmont/Zephyr platforms were designed with the third-generation Mustang in mind. 

This advanced planning is what made the TGM one of the best Mustangs ever, at least from a design standpoint. Throughout its 15 years of production, as Ford steadily improved the breed, the TGM became a success in more ways than one. (As a note, the Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr were introduced as new models in 1978).

At the heart of any great pony car is a great engine. For 1979, the 5.0L engine was a carryover from the Mustang II, with the exception of a new V-rib serpentine or single belt accessory drive setup and a new aluminum water-pump. 

The carburetor was a 2-Bbl. rated at 368.5 cfm (cubic feet per minute). A new, less restrictive exhaust system was used which featured cast iron exhaust manifolds and a single pipe outlet at 2.5" in diameter. The 5.0L V-8 of 1979 was by no means a great engine but, with time, this became one of the hardest charging 302s to ever grace the space between the shock towers of any Mustang!
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Production Numbers:
66B 2dr Sedan: 156,666
61R 3dr Hatchback: 120,535
66H 2dr Sedan Ghia: 56,351
61H 3dr Hatchback Ghia: 36,384

Available Engines:
2.3L 2V 4cyl 88hp

2.3L 2V 4cyl 132hp (Turbocharged)
2.8L 2V V-6 109hp
3.3L 1V 6cyl 85hp
5.0L 2V V-8 140hp

Available Exterior Colors
Light Medium Blue 3F
Medium Blue Glow 3H
Bright Blue 3J
Dark Jade Metallic 46
Medium Chestnut Metallic 5M
Medium Vaquero Gold 5W
Bright Yellow 64
Light Chamois 83
Tangerine 85
Medium Grey Metallic 1P
Polar White 9D

Available Tu-tone Exterior Color Combinations
Body color/accent colorCode
All/Black      /1C
Silver Metallic/Medium Grey Metallic 1G/1p
Light Medium Blue/Bright Blue 3F/3J
Retail Prices:
Standard Coupe: $4,494.00
Coupe, Ghia, Standard: $5,064.00
Hatchback, Standard: $4,828.00
Hatchback, Ghia, Standard: $5,216.00

Interior TrimCode
Wedgewood BlueB

Vehicle Identification Numbers

Engine Codes
2.3L 2V 4cyl 88hpY
2.3L 2V 4cyl 132hp (Turbocharged) W
2.8L 2V V-6 109hp Z
3.3L 1V 6cyl 85hp T
5.0L 2V V-8 140hp F
9 - Last digit of model year
F - Assembly plant (F-Dearborn
, R-San Jose)
2 - Body code (02-2dr
Sedan, 03-3dr hatchback, 04-2dr Ghia, 05-3dr Ghia)
Y - Engine Code
100001 - Consecutive unit number
Example: 9

Location: 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.