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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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1972 Grande help

I have driven this car in a test drive and it sounds and drives great. Older seller who is moving to a condo and can not take it. He offered it to me for 11k. It does need a paint job to make it a show car. Has a very small amount of surface rust on one rear quarter panel and some crackling of the paint. Cost in my area is about 2500 bucks for a paint job.



The ad reads :1972 Mustang Grande with only 60,000 miles and all the Mustang goodies. It is mostly original, with original drivetrain and interior. It was repainted years ago but is still a 20 footer. It has the 351 Cleveland engine, factory air, pb & ps, AM/FM radio, new tires and I have a Marti Report verifying the originality. It is a rust free car that has spent most of it's life in Oklahoma before I purchased it. This car is meant for cruising, and will take you anywhere. Runs & drives like as newer car, but it is 47 years old, and is not perfect. Enjoy it like it is, or improve it to your taste. I hate to list this car,


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:54 PM
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In my area 12K is ALL the money for a 71-73 grande- Its not a bad car but its not worth a great deal.
2500 is very cheap for a paint job. I have more than that in materials for a 65 coupe (similar sized car) so I wouldn't think you will get a very good job for that *unless its a "buddy" deal
Always assume there is hidden rust- if not you are luckier than most- but assume the worst and pay accordingly- I can assure you- you will NOT get rust repair and a paint job for 2500.

If it runs good/looks good and you like it- go for it - but your at the top of the $ for me in my area (mid atlantic USA). That being said- it does look like one of the nicer grandes out there. I would own/drive it
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Looks like a very nice example of a '72 Grande. The interior pics are fuzzy, but I'm going to assume it's as clean looking as the exterior and the engine compartment. Car appears to have been extremely well cared for.

Price is definitely at the very top end of a 351-2V 71-73 Grande'. If your intention is to have it repainted as original and keep it as clean and stock as possible, then it's a good candidate. If you intend to start modifying it, stripes, spoilers, loud exhaust, big tires and rims - keep looking.

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Looks like a very nice example of a '72 Grande. The interior pics are fuzzy, but I'm going to assume it's as clean looking as the exterior and the engine compartment. Car appears to have been extremely well cared for.

Price is definitely at the very top end of a 351-2V 71-73 Grande'. If your intention is to have it repainted as original and keep it as clean and stock as possible, then it's a good candidate. If you intend to start modifying it, stripes, spoilers, loud exhaust, big tires and rims - keep looking.
I went over it best I can, it seems like there is no apparent rust that is excessive. Started right up, its been converted to electronic ignition. The only thing the owner said he changed inside was he took out the non working clock and put in a LED Tach in its place. He has the clock and said it could be fixed. I went to my body shop I have had work done and was told 4 to 5k but they take out the glass, moldings ect and paint it like factory with clear coat. They give a life time guarantee what ever that is worth.
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If body shop says 5 Grand add another 2500.00 to that. I find that quotes usually grow by at least half. Id be prepared for a 7500.00 bill.

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When you mention "rust" be aware that if there is a bubble in the paint, no matter how small, that means there is a pinhole in the metal behind it. If so, be prepared for metal replacement.

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That seems like way too much money for what the car is......have you really researched what the 71-73 coup mustangs are selling or have sold for over the last year or two. I could be wrong, but my first thought was 5 or 6 grand ...max...I owned one of those for a year or so back in the early 80"s ginger brown metallic with a brown interior....very hard car to see out of or parallel park, at least for me anyway..
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Yeah, unfortunately, almost nobody wants a 1971-1973 Mustang coupe. Therefore, those cars have little value when they're perfect. Needing a paint job, they would have very little value.

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It's a mustang. If you like it, buy it. Since it's a "low value coupe" you can make it into anything you want. If you're worried about future value, you're missing the point, IMO anyway. To me, a mustang, unless it's a rare and desirable option, is a base platform to be molded into the owner's vision. Buy it and let your imagination run wild.
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Since it's a "low value coupe" you can make it into anything you want. If you're worried about future value, you're missing the point, IMO anyway. To me, a mustang, unless it's a rare and desirable option, is a base platform to be molded into the owner's vision. Buy it and let your imagination run wild.
true. I happen to like the 71-73 coupe. this was my 73 grande , this was taken around 1993 when I was building it

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Well I got the phone number of the shop the seller told me that he got the quote from. The shop said 5k to start and could be 6500. I called the seller back and he blew me off saying it does not affect him selling the car, its a daily driver and he did not want to paint it. I got the feeling he was annoyed at me getting pricing on paint work. I am going to skip this one. I told him I was not assuming it would affect him selling but it takes my price up so I can look at a car already restored and let the previous owner take the loss. He just said thank goodbye.
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With a price of $11K he will be owning that car a lot longer.
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