The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration
Correct 351 cubic inch Ford V8
Correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
Correct Medium Yellow Gold paint
Mostly original interior
Correct 9-inch rear axle / Correct Traction-Lok differential / Correct 3.91 gears
Sale includes a framed Marti Auto Works Elite Report
15-inch Magnum 500 wheels
Marked Competition Suspension
Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
Few brands in the history of American motoring have been as consistently good as the Mustang. Where some of their rivals took a misstep or two, Ford did what they could to ensure America's favorite pony car always remained a stylish and affordable platform. Because of that, each new generation has found a following and, ultimately, a place in the collector car world. In recent years, 71-73 Mustang prices have seen steady growth, and high-end cars like this awesome Boss 351 are starting to claim a few rays of spotlight. Equipped with a top notch 351/Toploader drivetrain and a high quality, frame-off restoration, this solid gold pony has all the hallmarks of a great collector piece. Well optioned, well maintained and fully documented, all its proud owner needs to do is keep it safe and watch their investment grow. If you're a blue oval fan who's looking for a thrilling muscle car that can be shown AND enjoyed, this second generation Boss is your ticket!
Unleashed on the flat roads of Jacksonville, Florida, and enjoying a long life avoiding deadly saltwater, this awesome Ford pony car is a strong example of just how good this generation of Boss can look. Not too long ago, its solid body was the beneficiary of a thorough restoration that primed a smooth canvas for a correct and glossy coat of Medium Yellow Gold urethane. Once that even coat of gold was buffed to an excellent shine, a full array of factory war paint tapped into an aggressive demeanor that's both classic and fitting. And today, the car sits as a revered collection of well-aligned panels and ridged character lines that presents a better-than-factory appearance.
For the 1971 model year, Ford product planners, aided by former GM exec Bunkie Knudson, designed a bigger, heavier and more luxurious Mustang. The idea was to cash in on the burgeoning large luxury coupe market; and not only did the car grow, it also received styling cues which exaggerated both its length and weight. At the front of this Ford's body, prominent, silver-trimmed sportlights and inset, crystal clear headlights combine with a traditional galloping horse emblem, a bright chrome bumper and an aggressive chin spoiler to construct a clean and solid face. Sprinkled down the car's fuselage you'll find fresh marker lights, flush door handles, vivid "BOSS 351 MUSTANG" call-outs and traditional Ford racing mirrors. At the top of that fuselage, like-new glass, which is framed by bright stainless trim, highlights both the car's long ram air hood and dramatic fastback roofline. And at the back of that roofline, a jewel-like fuel filler and traditional Mustang tail lights ride between a fresh chrome bumper, bare stainless exhaust tips and a third "BOSS 351" call-out.
Naturally, this all-American blue oval is a lot more than just a pretty body. Under the car's 'long and low' hood you'll find 351 cubic inches of Ford V8 that's been mechanically and aesthetically restored to correct factory specifications. As one of the most popular pony car mills ever created, Ford's venerable Boss 351 utilizes Boss 302 heads, a radical, solid-lifter cam and shotpeened and magnafluxed rods to turn stout 11 to 1 compression into an honest 330 horsepower. At the top of the big engine, a 750cfm carburetor snipes wind from a restored, single-snorkel air cleaner that's decked in a sweet combination of factory fresh decals and bright blue paint. Below that carburetor, a clean aluminum intake anchors a correct black coil and a traditional points distributor between fresh Autolite Radio Resistance wires and familiar finned valve covers. Below those valve covers, fully restored exhaust manifolds funnel spent gases into high performance, true-dual pipes. And in front of those manifolds, a correctly decaled radiator cycles water through pliable Autolite hoses and reproduction screw clamps. As you can see, the car's spotless bay has been properly sprayed in a smooth coat of Satin Black paint. All of the engine's correct ancillary components, from its Autolite rev limiter and Autolite voltage regulator to its Autolite Sta-Ful battery and fully duplicated chalk marks, are present and accounted for. And the road-ready powerplant is fast, potent and runs every bit as good as its brilliant Ford Blue paint suggests!
Given its frame-off restoration, the bottom of this correctly marked Ford looks exactly how you'd expect a well-maintained show car to look. Behind the motor, a rugged, wide-ratio 4-speed spins a durable Traction-Lok rear end that's equipped with steep 3.91 gears. Holding that drivetrain off the ground is an old school Competition Suspension which makes good use of a thicker front sway bar, stiffer springs and staggered rear shocks. Above that suspension, solid floorpans still retain some of their mild factory undercoating. At the ends of that suspension, correct manual steering combines with fresh fuel components and power front disc and rear drum brakes to make turning, stopping and accelerating an absolute cinch. In the middle of the floors, a big, true-dual exhaust system jettisons roasted dinosaurs via an H-pipe crossover and great sounding, dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers. And at the edges of those floors, power flows to the pavement through familiar 15 inch Magnum 500 wheels which spin meaty 245/60 front and 275/60 rear BF Goodrich Radial T/As around galloping horse center caps.
Inside this gold chariot, a correct Black interior features fresh buckets seats and a roster of original equipment that blends seamlessly with the car's bright exterior paint. Everything from the door panels and headliner to the black carpet and pony-branded floor mats appears to be original equipment. The dash is loaded with vintage gauges, and features glossy black trim that's as vivid and bright as the day it rolled into the showroom. A correct Philco AM radio rides between well-integrated accessory gauges, controls for the car's heater and a chrome Hurst shifter that's founded in a small consolette. In front of the driver, you'll find a factory two-spoke steering wheel. Behind the passengers, a completely restored trunk features a correct mat, a correct lid decal and a familiar Space Saver spare. And, like most first generation Mustangs, this Boss's design and detailing is impressive proof that Ford definitely had some of the best interior designers in the business.
According to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, this showroom-fresh coupe was bolted together at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan assembly plant on June 2nd of 1971 and delivered that same month to Johnson Ford in Hialeah, Florida. Here's a thorough breakdown of the car's original door data and optional equipment:
SERIAL NUMBER: 1F02R213112
1 - 1971 model year
F - Built in Dearborn, Michigan
02 - Mustang Sportsroof
R - 351 cubic inch, 4V Boss engine
113,112th Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Dearborn
06/71 - Assembled in June of 1971
63D - Mustang Sportsroof