First-Year Mustang II Can't Hang On Until It Gets Collectible, Heading To Crusher

Reviled as it may be nowadays, the '74 Mustang II sold very well; about 386,000 of the Pinto-derived Mustang rolled off the showroom floors that year, nearly triple the number of '73s that Ford managed to move.

First-Year Mustang II Can't Hang On Until It Gets Collectible, Heading To Crusher

Could you get a Pinto with red velour interior? Well, probably, but it wouldn't have had the sporty cachet of the Mustang!

First-Year Mustang II Can't Hang On Until It Gets Collectible, Heading To Crusher

There's a sad story being told in this photograph; note the San Francisco parking tickets and parole officer's calling card. Did the car's owner get hauled off to the clink for a parole violation, while his or her car stayed on the street to collect street-sweeping tickets and, ultimately, a tow-truck ride to the junkyard?

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