Trade my 1973 Mustang Convertible for your plane


Got an old Cessna in your backyard that just doesn’t get any love anymore?  How about an ultralight in your garage collecting dust?  Have I got a deal for you!

When I first read the headline I was intrigued, yet reserved on whether or not it was legitimate.  That is until I examined the photos more closely.  The ad originates from Twin Falls Idaho, a place I have personally been to several times.  That car is in fact parked in front of the I. B. Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, and if I were to guess, probably only a few hundred yards from where Evel Knievel attempted to cross the Snake River without the benefit of a bridge.

That said, the seller is apparently tired of ground-based transportation and looking to take to the skies, hopefully not in the manner in which Mr. Knievel was accustomed to.  After a little digging I found another (somewhat outdated I think) ad attempting to sell/trade the car for other toys like atvs and motorhomes.  It also goes into more detail on the overall condition of the car.  It has some issues, mostly involving the interior and wiring.  Overall, this is a very clean car and the price isn’t bad, should you choose to take the cash route.
Find it here on Craigslist.

13 Comments

  1. He wants meat in an email and a plane to fly in; seems like a weirdy to me. Twin Falls is indeed a nice place and the car is tempting. Pity I don't have cash, a plane, or emailable meat for this fellow.
    Wonder if he'd take emailed snark as a partial trade?

  2. While this model Mustang was a bloated shell of its former self, this particular one doesn't look so bad to me, and I'm not too sure why. It doesn't sound like it's got too many issues, and they all seem pretty easily fixed. I do wonder, however, WTF is a "Parade Seat", and is he serious about the $15,500? That seems a little steep for a '73.

    1. I agree, not a huge fan of the fatter Mustangs either but there is something about this one. Fix a few small issues and swap to some less flashy wheels and hit the road.

      1. At first I thought they were slot mags (which would have put this car over the top on the early '70s cool-o-meter), but they are something completely different. Sad, really.

  3. Mustangs of this vintage always make me remember the opening sequence in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" where Mary is driving her 'Stang off to the big city…
    I'm kinda pathetic, really…

  4. Like everyone else, I kinda like this "bloatavertible" too. The only reason why, I think, is the faux Boss 302 color and stripe which this model never saw. Seems to work here oddly enough. That said, at this price or trade for a viable aircraft, CP.

    1. The Mustang pictured for sale would've been well worth the asking price if it had been in stock condition. The modifications made to the above mentioned car are a tremendous turn off to people seeking a nice vintage Mustang. It would cost thousands to get that poor Mustang back to it's former glory. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Grabber orange never looked pretty on a Mustang. It was used for the 1970 model year only. What may appeal to a fringe makes a mass cringe. If that Mustang is a solid rust free example, and was 10 grand cheaper than the 15K+ asking price, then it might be worth putting that poor Mustang out of it's current misery and restore it properly. And what's the deal with those black bumpers????! Ouch!

  5. The 1971-73 Mustangs were longer, wider and heaver, but were also the best riding, driving, steering, stopping and most comfortable of the earlier Mustang's. The reason for the added length and width was to allow an easier fit of the 429 cid motor. The 429's fit in the '69 and '70 Boss's and Mach 1's was so tight in the engine bay that it made for a mechanics nightmare to do servicing on. Also, the driving dynamics of a big block Mustang ('67-'70) had much to be desired. The '71 model year was the last year for the 429 in the Mustang. With the '71 Mustang's wider track, the car had much better driving dynamics than in previous years, even with the added weight and body length. I've owned a number of vintage Mustang's over the years, and I can personally tell you that the bigger Mustangs are in many ways much improved over the earlier ones. So the engine horsepower declined after '71. I'd rather sacrifice some horsepower to better driving comfort, ergonomics and much improved driving dynamics than the earlier Falcon based Mustang's. Besides, a completely stock '71-'73 Mustang (especially the convertible and Mach 1 sportsroof) are gorgeous automobiles. Modified ones are another story……. The value of unmolested '71-'73 Mustang's continues to increase as does the popularity of this vintage Mustang. Of all Mustang's that I've owned, my '73 convertible is the one I miss most.

  6. Good for you. Glad you found a worthy new owner so both of you are happy. I just bought a convertible 73. I used to like the earlier ones looks better, but after googling some other photos of convertibles and seeing yours, I think I will never sell it, and my 65, 66 and 67 will have to wait their turns. To the guy with the T-tops, pull next to me and I will blow the rest of your roof off. By the way, the fastest stock Mustang was a '71 Boss 351.

  7. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

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