Sales-Wise, Pretty Darn Well!
This is my large format poster, approximately 34 x 24 inches, for Motor Trend's 1974 Car of the Year, the Pinto-based Mustang II. In the intervening 30+ years it has become de rigueur to diss the '74-'78 Mustang II, but this series of 'Stang sold more than 1,000,000 units in its four years on the market. It was the right car at the right time for buyers, and really, that's what counts.
I remember absolutely LOVING this car when it first came out, so much so I sent away for this poster. It was styled well, it was "just right" for the time, with inline 4 cylinder and V6 engines at first, and a V8 later in the series, it came in notchback and hatchback versions, and the interior varied from nicely-equipped to pretty darn plush. A friend of mine at Vassar, who sadly became one of the first of more than 25 friends that have succumbed to AIDS, drove a brand new bright-red Mustang II Mach 1 all during college. It had been given to him by his Creole grandmother in New Orleans. A tomato sauce I make to this day is from one of her recipes, and it includes rosemary, red pepper flakes, lavender and cinnamon!