While commonly under-rated in yesterday's Mustang collecting hobby. the 1971 Mustang Boss 351 is now becoming one of the fastest appreciating Mustangs on the market today because of its immense performance capabilities and rarity.
The example offered here was sourced out of Texas and was a bone dry car from the very start. As is common with this body style of Mustang, only the rear taillight panel warranted replacement during the restoration. The car was originally optioned in the desirable shade of Light Pewter Metallic with Mach 1 Sports Interior, AM/Eight Track, Tinted Glass, Power Steering, Console, Chrome Magnum 500 wheels, Firestone Wide Oval Tires, and a Traction Lok differential!
The example for sale here was restored in the mid to late 1990s to the highest levels of Mustang Club of America standards. This class is known as the Thoroughbred class and represents only a very small percentage of the top cars in the world as it pertains to quality and correctness of the restoration. An MCA Thoroughbred restoration does not allow for any reproduction parts- even such such parts as battery, tires, hoses, and belts have to be original assembly-line parts from the year in which the vehicle was manufactured. The restoration was supervised by Bob Perkins and was executed to the highest levels possible.
Once completed, the car was shown at various MCA regional and national shows as well as AACA shows before being retired. Since then, the car has aged extremely well. The paint shows brilliantly and all the major cosmetic aspects of the car remain in excellent condition.
Best off all, however, is the fact that the current owner of this vehicle decided to begin driving the vehicle in the last few years. By in large, one important thing to note is that most cars restored to high levels for the various forms of concours judging do not drive well, or drive at all, once restored. The vast majority of cars restored to any form of concours judging are mostly meant for static display. The Boss 351 presented here has been fully commissioned for road use and has been driven a couple thousand miles by the current owner. In fact, the owner has routinely used the car for long stretches of highway drives whenever weather has permitted including a trip from Kansas City to Lawrence, Kansas in the last two weeks! In fact, though it still wears bias ply tires, the car goes down the road better than any car I have ever driven with these "old world" tires! The brakes work extremely well (for a 71 Boss, that is), the car's steering is tight, and the power is absolutely immense!
Overall, what you have here is a car which has been restored to the very highest levels of MCA Concours judging, been verified by some of the top authorities in the Mustang world, and then comprehensively recommissioned to be driven and enjoyed! The most current trends in the market revolve around finding cars which are great driving cars. Less and less people now are looking for perfectly restored trailer queens which cannot be exercised properly. The car offered here, however, gives the "best of both worlds" in that it has been meticulously restored and is now ready to be driven and shown to the next owner's content!
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