Junkyard Treasure: 1974 Ford Mustang Ghia Coupe

The first year of the Pinto-based Mustang II, complete with extra-cost Green Glow paint.

The 1974 Mustang Ghia came with a standard padded vinyl roof, but someone has scraped it off this car.

The Super Soft™ vinyl seats look luxurious.

This car has just about every available option.

With a 5-digit odometer in this car, we’ll never know if it drove 94,176 miles or 794,176 miles.

The AM/FM stereo radio you see here was a $222 option, and sound quality was… not great. That’s about $1,200 in 2019 dollars. Think about that next time you long for the cars of the good old days.










Just in time for skyrocketing fuel prices, Ford created a Pinto-based Mustang for the 1974 model year, saving about 500 pounds versus the weight of the porcine ’73 Mustang. This was the first year of the Mustang II, a car that may have been reviled by Mustang purists for its Pinto ancestry but which sold very well. Today’s Junkyard Treasure in Denver boasts most of the available options for the ’74 Mustang II, and it’s a fancy Ghia besides.

You want affordable luxury? You got affordable luxury right here!

Ford took over Carrozzeria Ghia in 1970, and Ghia-ized cars flew off the assembly line for years after that. Why, you could even get a Fiesta Ghia in the late 1970s! The Ghia padded roof got scraped off this Mustang at some point (probably a smart move, since water tended to collect under the vinyl and cause rust), but the deep-pile green shag carpeting may still be seen inside. I grabbed the mechanical “digital” clock out of this car’s dash, naturally.


The same V6 engine used in the Ford Capri.

The engine choices for the 1974 were the optional 2.8-liter, 105-hp Cologne V6 and the base 85-horse “Pinto” 2.3-liter four-cylinder. The original purchaser of this car opted for the V6, a wise move with the automatic transmission.

“The small but elegant Mustang II— a whole new kind of car.”

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