In anticipation of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, Ford offered a patriotic package — the Sprint — for its Mustang, Maverick and Pinto models.
“Put a little Sprint in your life,” is how Ford advertised the all-American red, white and blue special-edition package that adorned only 9,383 Mustangs, according to the 1972 Mustang Sprint registry. Only 7.5 percent of the Mustangs produced that model year were equipped as Sprint package cars.
The Pick of the Day is an unmolested 1972 Ford Mustang Sprint SportsRoof fastback, one of 3,086 SportsRoofs produced, pulled from long-term storage and advertised by a Springfield, Massachusetts, dealer on ClassicCars.com.
We can credit Edsel B. Ford II, the merchandising marketing manager for Ford, who was just 24 years old at the time, for this Mustang’s patriot décor inside and out.
This Mustang is finished in Wimbledon White with two vertical stripes on the hood in Grabber Blue and outlined with red. Matching the hood stripes, both the lower body and rear tail light panel are finished in blue and red. The car also sports white dual sports mirrors and a honeycomb Mach 1 grille.
All the 1972 Sprint Mustangs were produced at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant and adorned with American flag decals on the rear quarter panels; a few were shipped to Canada with Maple Leaf insignias.
The red, white and blue theme is carried inside with white vinyl bucket seats that feature blue cloth inserts outlined in red pipping. Both the carpet and dashboard are finished in blue, while the door panels are finished in white.
The dealer, who admits they didn’t detail the Mustang before taking photos, notes the interior shows some dirt and wear from years of storage.
Under the hood sits the original Q code 351 Cobra Jet V8 linked to the original 4-speed manual transmission.
“This is a super rare, documented Sprint Décor option A car, with the top drivetrain option for 1972,” the dealer adds.
The odometer shows 37,063 miles, which the dealer believes to be correct and original.
This 1972 Ford Mustang Sprint is being offered for $44,990.