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Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford Mustang Sprint, patriot package for Olympic Games

SportsRoof fastback adorned with red, white and blue décor

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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.

1972 Ford Mustang Sprint

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.

1972 Ford Mustang Sprint

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.

1972 Ford Mustang Sprint interior

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.

1972 Ford Mustang Sprint engine

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.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I think that Ford did Mustangs, Mavericks and Pintos in the same theme if my recall is correct. Kind of a neat piece of nostalgia from 1972 but that seems like a lot of money! I think one would really want to have that car to entertain anything near the asking price. My thoughts were something like half that, maybe $30K tops, but I am no value expert.

  2. Funny , all the keyboard warriors with no money claim to know the value, but where’s their documentation? I’d like to see the NADA classic guide, or the Hagerty guide before I pass judgement. That said. Any car guy knows, 351 Cleveland’s were easily made fast, and rated much higher in hp in 70 and 71, before net hp figures were used.

  3. I am the seller and this Mustang has the Q code 351 Cobra Jet engine which is rated at 266 horsepower from the factory. The horsepower rating for 1972 was down from the previous year because ratings were changed from gross horsepower to SAE net horsepower.

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