The Mustang II: THE Most Disappointing Car Model Redesign Ever?
Our friends over at Jalopnik have named the Mustang II as The Most Disappointing Car Model Redesign Ever. Now we know there are a lot of people out there that love their Mustang IIs and would get their back hairs all ruffled with this article. But, to be fair, the Mustang II has been the step child in the Mustang family for a long time.
While Ford sold tons of them in the ’70s, there was a huge sigh of relief when they went away. It is not always a successful venture when a car design gets a total reboot, which is what happened in 1974. The previous generation of pony cars had grown large and heavy and then got slapped with regulations that killed performance. So smaller and lighter made a lot of sense back then. A return to the small, fun, exciting car of 1964 was aimed at and missed however, as the Mustang II was cheaply build, performed poorly and looked, well, perfect for the ’70s.
Ford has once again designed a winner with the current Mustang, but a reboot is going to happen pretty soon. From all indications, the right lessons have been learned and the chances of a repeat of the Mustang II are very slim. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery of the most disappointing car model redesign ever in the gallery.