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August 23, 2011


(Thank Takahashi for this nightmare. ::shudder:: )

No idea how, but somehow the 1978 Mustang King Cobra was unknown to me until just a few days ago. For those of you like me, this is for you.

In 1978, Ford was getting its ass kicked by the Pontiac Trans-Am. Maybe not in sales, but in the hearts and minds of the American Car guy. The Mustang II just didn't stack up. The Mustang was in Charlie's Angels, the Trans-Am was in Smokey and the Bandit. 'Nuff said.

So, in a desperate bid for attention, Ford went ahead and created the 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra. It had 139 horsepower from a 5.0-liter V8 and had a four-speed automatic manual.

It had a shaker hood with 5.0 badges instead of T/A6.6 (or 6.6-liter). It had reddish-orange trim instead of gold. And the wheels, too were touched with red instead of gold. Oh, and the most egregious knockoff? Some sort of psychedelic Octopus (it may be a snake) instead of the Screaming Chicken. Also, T-Tops.

And just think....some of you thought that Grabber Blue was a bad idea.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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