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1979 Indy 500 Pace Car

Ford produced 10,478 pace car replicas for the 1979 model year, that were based on the mustang that paced the Indianapolis 500 for that year. They were based on the standard hatchback model and all used the same styling cues that were on the actual pace cars. Pewter and black paint with orange and red stripes made the car standout in a crowd. Among the differences between the pace car replica and the standard Mustang were a raised non-functional cowl induction style hood, a front facia with three horizontal grill bars and a lower front air dam, front marchal fog lamps, rear spoiler, TRX handling package with metric wheels and tires, black Recaro front seats with black and white checkered inserts on both front and rear seats, and "black chrome" dash inserts with a dash plaque. The buyer had the option of having the decals installed on the car or just left in a box. The available engine choices were the 5.0L V8 with 139 horsepower(with either a 4spd or automatic) or the 2.3L turbo with 140 horsepower(4spd only). All of the pace car styling cues were later used on the 1980 Cobra, even the recaro seats were made an option. All of the pace car replicas were to originally come with a pace car jacket, although most never made it to the customers.