Jeff Ford
October 1, 2000
Contributers: Tom Rounds, Jeff Ford Photos By: Tom Rounds

According to every piece of information that we have, Ford did not paint any Mustangs black in 1972 or, for that matter, 1973. The biggest reason for this is that it didn't offer the color. Maybe the reason had something to do with the whim of the buyers. Maybe it was decided that the color was too average sales-wise. We say that because it seems that the basic colors, such as white, red, and black, were often flat sellers compared to blue and green. Most years the blues and greens simply kicked the snot out of the other colors by posting 25-plus percent sales. Red was a consistent 10-12 percent of sales, and white and black fared a little better.

OK, so black wasn't a color for 1972, right? Wrong. If the people ordering the car were sharp, then they could get the color of their dreams via special-order paint. This, of course, required them to put down some money on the Mustang, and then pay 35-40 extra bucks for the finish; after all, what dealer wants to be stuck with a lavender Mustang? This must be what the original owner of William Greer's beautiful '72 convertible did. We don't need to say how stunning the finished product is. The glossy black paint and striking white top are as crisp and clean as you'd want. Of course, the car wasn't always the nice glossy black you see here. During most of its life, it was a resident of Atlanta, where red clay can wreak havoc on a car-especially a black car, because dust gets everywhere.

"The car had red clay dust in all the nooks and crannies," William said. "The clock had red clay dust inside the lens, as did the original gauges." Even so, our intrepid owner from Everett, Washington, attacked the restoration with vigor. "The car had been refinished in the mid-'90s," he admitted, "therefore, the condition was good when I got it, though it suffered from some neglect."

What William obtained for his hard-earned greenbacks was a 351 2V Cleveland, an FMX automatic, and an open-road-friendly 2.79:1 rear axle. He also received some serious amenities, such as power steering, power disc brakes, air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo, and a Cartier analog clock in the optional console. Though the clock is a nice conversation piece, we believe it is a service item that replaced the original. William's car also has the Body Protection Group, as well as the sporty Magnum 500s that make any '71-'73 Mustang a super-flashy ride.

"I get a lot of positive comments about the car, as well as the typical 'oh, wow' stares when I'm driving," William said. "It seems that women like it because of the color and the cool '70s look, but guys like it because of the 351 and the detailed condition. I like it for both." We have to agree with you, Bill, option or not.