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1971 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang was restyled for 1971 and grew in length by over two inches. They were wider, lower, heavier, and had a new hood with concealed windshield wipers. In the center of the grille was the Mustang insignia. The door handles fit flush to the body. New options included the Special Instrumentation Group package, electric rear window defogger, and a Body Protection Group package which included front bumper guards and side moldings.

The base Mustangs came equipped color-keyed nylon carpeting, floor-shift, high-backed bucket seats, concealed windshield wipers with cowl air inlets, courtesy lights, cigar lighter, heater and defroster, mini console with ashtray, armrests, DirectAire ventilation system, steel guardrail door construction, glove box, and all-vinyl interior. They rode on E78-14 belted black sidewall tires and were equipped with either the 250 CID six or the 302 CID V8. Convertible models had a power convertible top.

The Boss 302 and the B429 powerplants were no longer found in the lineup. There was a new Boss 351 Mustang that had better weight distribution than the prior Boss 429.

The Mustang Grande coupe was fitted with all the features found on the base model, plus bright pedal pads, Deluxe high-back bucket seats in cloth trim, Deluxe two-spoke steering wheel, electric clock, molded trim panels with integral pull handles and armrests, Deluxe instrument panel, dual color-keyed racing mirrors, rocker panel moldings, vinyl roof, wheel covers, right rear quarter panel trim with ashtray, and wheel lip moldings. In total, Ford produced 17,406 examples of the Mustang Grande. The base price of the Grande was $3,115.

The Mustang Mach 1 was powered by a two-barrel 302 CID V8 engine and rode on E70-14 whitewalls. They also had color-keyed spoiler, hood moldings, fender moldings, and racing mirrors. In the front was a unique grille with Sportlamps. They were given a competition suspension, trim rings and hubcaps, pop-open gas cap, deck lid paint stripe, black or Argent Silver finish on lower bodysides, high-back bucket seats, and honey-comb texture back panel applique. The Mustang Mach 1 sold for $3,270 and there were 36,449 examples produced in 1971.

The Mustang Boss 351 had the high-output 351 cubic-inch motor rated at 330 horsepower. It had four-barrel carburetor, special cooling package, and white ratio four-speed manual gearbox with Hurst shifter. They came with a 3.91:1 rear axle gear ratio with Traction Lok differential, Ram-Air engine call-outs, competition suspension with staggered rear shocks, electronic RPM limiter, functional front spoiler, 80-ampere batter, F60-15 raised white letter tires, and special Instrumentation Group. They had Boss 351 insignia, dual exhaust, power disc brakes, Space Saver spare tire, and a function NASA hood scoop. The hood was painted either Argent Silver or black. They had hood lock pins, color-keyed racing mirrors (the left was remote-controlled), and a unique grille with Sports lamps. The hubcaps had trim rings and there were body-side tape stripes in black or Argent Silver. The base price of the Boss 351 was $4,125 and just 1,800 examples were produced in 1971.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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1971 Vehicle Profiles

1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

Ford introduced their Mustang in April of 1964. This particular Mustang Convertible is finished in Wimbledon White with a red standard interior and white vinyl convertible top. It has an aftermarket air-conditioning system, radio, and a later 1979 Mu....[continue reading]

1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Mach 1 Fastback Coupe

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1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Mach 1 Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 1F05M216311

This Mustang Mach 1 Fastback has an original matching numbers 351C 4V M Code engine and original C-6 automatic. It has bright red paint with black clarion knit/Corinthian vinyl interior. The engine has been rebuilt and was given competition cam specs....[continue reading]

1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Mach 1 Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 1F05M162347

This is not a 1971 Mustang Mach 1, but rather a Ford T-5. Because of the large number of military personnel overseas, Ford, like many other manufacturers, exported the vehicles for purchased through the military PX system. They encountered a problem ....[continue reading]

1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Convertible

This 1971 Ford Mustang 2 Door Convertible is powered by a 351 cubic-inch engine with a RAM Air Induction system. In 1971, 149,682 Mustangs were built of which 6,121 were convertibles. 590 were built with the 351 CID, and 4 valves per cylinder. The....[continue reading]

1971 Ford Mustang vehicle information

Mach 1 Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 1F05J196544

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Convertible
 
Mach 1 Fastback Coupe
 
Mach 1 Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 1F05M216311 
Mach 1 Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 1F05M162347 
Convertible
 
Mach 1 Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 1F05J196544 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1971 Mustang
$4,120-$35,600
1971 Ford Mustang Price Range: $2,910 - $4,120

$1,920 - $2,060
$2,670 - $3,561
$2,850 - $3,275
$5,290 - $5,515

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,861,537
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,569,608
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,179,791
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,349,815
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,246,563
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)2,054,351
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)2,096,184
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)1,826,777
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)1,753,334
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)1,730,224
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,212,415

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