In 1969, Ford introduced the limited-edition “Grande” coupe, adding a touch of luxury to the Mustang name. Available exclusively on coupes, the Grande came with desirable features and options. It showcased a contrasting grained vinyl roof, a double-scooped hood, body-accent striping, unique wheel covers, and a special interior with Lambeth cloth and vinyl. The upgraded dashboard boasted wood-grain accents, complemented by an electric clock, trunk mat, and color-keyed dual mirrors.
Under the hood, the Grande offered various engine choices. While the base was a mild 250ci inline six, most buyers opted for the V8 options, including two powerful 351s. The top-of-the-line Q-code 351 four-barrel boasted an underrated 266 horsepower, particularly potent when paired with the optional four-speed manual transmission and “Traction-Lok” rear axle.
Motor Trend magazine noted that 1973 marked the final year for the Grande. A smaller Mustang was on the horizon for 1974, leading to the discontinuation of the Grande along with the convertible body style.
The ’73 Grande, featuring mild revamps and a luxurious appearance, saw remarkable success with 25,274 units sold—more than any other Grande model year. Despite a modest price increase of just $206 over the standard hardtop ($2,946 versus $2,740), the Grande’s popularity remained strong. With a wide array of optional features available, most Grandes were well-equipped.