model year introduced a "Sports Appearance Group" for the Ghia model
that was color matched to either black or tan paint, as well as
several minor styling changes and expanded color options for the
Cobra II. Also new was a T-top option for the fastback featuring
twin removable tinted glass panels.
Midway through the 1977 model
year, changes for the 1978 model year were pulled ahead to sell
early. It is most notable on the Cobra II models where the hood
scoop was turned around to seem more aerodynamic and the graphics
were revised. For the decals, the dual stripes running the length of
the car were replaced with a single stripe and on the side of the
car the snake and "COBRA II" decal were replaced with a large stripe
down the center with large "COBRA" lettering in the middle.
Louvers were added to the
hatch and the side panel louvers only came in black. All the window
and glass moldings were painted black as well.