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What Is The Mustang King Cobra?

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 2/11/2021

The Mustang King Cobra in 1978 was a limited-edition Mustang that appealed to many enthusiasts. Read LMR's article explaining everything about it!

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What Is The King Cobra Mustang? - What Is The King Cobra Mustang?

Starting in 1978, the “King Cobra” model Mustang was offered. This was a limited-edition version with 4,313 units produced. It was only available with a V8 to help bolster the Mustang’s performance appeal. It also featured a deep air-dam, stripes, and a cobra snake decal on the hood; much similar to a Trans Am style hood.


What Is The King Cobra Mustang? - What Is The King Cobra Mustang?

This vehicle came out in 1978, which was the Mustang II’s final production year. This Mustang was much like the Cobra II in that the performance was greatly lacking. While it did come with a V8, it only put out a top speed of 94mph and a measly 133 HP with a 0-60 time of 10.2 sec.


While this model might not have been a performance worthy Mustang, it did come at a very cheap upgrade of only $1,277. This was extremely worth it because the design was solid and had many exterior features that made it stand out from the crowd. While not being a performance style Mustang, it did have great handling which made it great for the track. Below are some of the following features that made the King Cobra stand out:

  • Power Steering
  • Air Dam
  • Powered-Assisted Front Braking Discs
  • Adjustable Shocks
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • 13" Aluminum Wheels
  • Goodyear Radials
  • Sport Steering Wheel
  • Rear Deck Spoiler
  • Large Front Bumper
  • Hood Scoop
What Is The King Cobra Mustang? - What Is The King Cobra Mustang?

While the King Cobra wasn’t sought after for its performance benefits, it was still one of the most popular Mustangs of the second generation because of its unique exterior. This is just another way that Ford has made the Mustang accessible to any consumer because of their cheap prices with unique differences from other competitors.