Ford redesigned the Mustang for 1971, but performance was still a
big part of the equation. This nicely finished fastback combines
aggressive good looks with a built small block V8 and 4-speed
manual transmission to create one of the best-driving '70s Mustangs
When they restored this Mustang, they aimed for a bit of an updated look but didn't go too far away from the factory spec. That beautiful blue paint is in the right neighborhood of the original code 6 Bright Silver Blue, and it certainly looks period correct on the car. Having all that sheetmetal to work with, you know it's solid underneath and the straight bodywork shows off what a few hundred hours' worth of blood, sweat, and tears (plus a large stack of $100 bills) get you. Those big quarter panels are smooth and straight, seams are good, and a whole slew of factory Mach 1 dress-up items were added including the Ram Air hood, chin spoiler, hood pins, and the wing out back. Reproduction Mach 1 decals were applied to the flanks, which really accentuates the long, low, wide look of the all-new "flatback" body style, and the blacked-out hood treatment is pure intimidation on the street. This car also includes a chrome front bumper and grille surround, correct "honeycomb" tail panel, and bright trim along the rockers that helps visually lengthen the car so it looks very low.
The interior was completely gutted and rebuilt from there. Original white high-back buckets with factory-style "Comfort-Weave" upholstery were reinstalled along with a new headliner, carpets, and seat covers. Original gauges, including a somewhat rare factory tach, were stuffed back into their holes in the dash after checking the wiring, which ensures that even the auxiliary gauges on the center stack are operational. The bright blue door panels and carpets offer an awesome contrast and no performance-oriented Mustang is complete with a center console and Hurst T-handle shifter. The trunk now sports a fresh mat and space-saver spare tire.
The M-code 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 is a great choice in a 1971 Mustang; torquey but light, so handling is balanced but it's still plenty quick. It's fortified with an Edelbrock intake manifold and Demon four-barrel carburetor under the stock ram air setup, so you won't see the upgrades but you'll definitely feel them. Ford Blue paint gives it a correct look and they even kept the original-style valve covers. It's not quite detailed for show, but it's tidy and in good working order and it runs superbly. The 4-speed manual snaps through the gears with authority and you'll savor the cackle of the long-tube headers and glasspack-style mufflers with each shift. Out back, the stock rear was retained, and carries highway-friendly 3.25 gears. 17-inch Torque Thrust style wheels were taken from a late-model Mustang and look surprisingly right on this vintage pony and are wrapped in 235/55/17 Pirelli radials all around.
The perfect car for local cruise nights or the next long-distance haul to the coast, this fastback is proof that the '70s Mustangs are coming on strong. Call today!
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