1971 Used Mustang; For Sale Used Mustang. If you want a reliable, fast, and beautiful car, the 1971 Mustang is for you! If you are car enthusiastic you should check this car out! It is used as all of the old Mustangs. Here is a gallery of the car.
1971 Mustang Overview
The Mustang got yet another major restyling upgrade in 1971. It was also to be the last restyling of the first-generation Mustang. When the new Mustang was introduced in late August 1970, it was almost two inches longer and nearly two and a half inches wider than its predecessor. Along with the 428 cubic inch V8, the 200 cubic inches 6 cylinders were dropped.
Background & Details for 1971 Mustang
In 1971, the Mustang got yet another major facelift. That was also the first-generation Mustang’s last restyling. When it appeared in late August 1970, the early Mustang was instantly recognizable. The 1971 Mustangs were the largest and heaviest Mustangs ever made, while also preserving a fundamental resemblance to previous Mustangs.
The body became bigger and heavier faster. It was two inches longer and two and a half inches wider than its ancestor, which was launched in 1970. For about the first time since its creation, the Mustang’s wheelbase was extended by one inch to 109 inches. Lee Iacocca referred to it as a “fat pig.”
To accommodate the new 429 dynamos, the car needed to be lengthened and widened. It gained over 400 pounds in just one year! If you didn’t order the monster truck, the added weight and height affected the smaller cars.
The Exterior Design
Gail Halderman created a mock-up of the proposal and pitched it to “Bunkie” Knudsen, Ford’s then-president. Bunkie accepted because the idea was interesting to him. Owing to his driving and performance interests, he was sadly suspended from office. The upper echelon didn’t seem to share his interests, and they were pleased with the underpowered and unattractive “econostang” set to debut in 1974.
The rear window angle on the SportsRoof was just fourteen degrees from horizontal, giving it a cleaner aerodynamic appearance but making it more difficult to see out. Slats for the back windows were also no longer available. If you put slats in the back window, your vision of the stars could be obstructed. You couldn’t see over the hood or back end because you were too deep in the seats.
The iconic Mustang corral was also revived on the outside. On the 1969 Shelbys, a new long chrome strip was added to the outside of the front fenders and hood. The long hood had been lifted at the windshield to cover the concealed wipers.
Just those who ordered the top-tier 429 ram air kit got the practical hood scoops; everyone else got a virtual hood scoop. There was a premium for features once again, and the Ram Air hood pack was eligible if you had a 351 engine.
The Interior Design
The interior was also entirely renovated. The dashboard featured a three-pod interface, and power windows and a defroster were added for the first time. The two interior options were the Decor Community and the Mach 1 Sports Interior, both of which were optional on any SportsRoof Mustang. The interior also featured standard high-back bucket seats, a mini console, and a brand new instrumentation system.
The deluxe interior of the Mach 1 was not standard this year. If you want class, you could get it for about $130. If you purchased the engine upgrade, you could receive a deluxe hood.
Along with the 428, Boss 302, and Boss 429, the 200 cubic inches 6 cylinders were phased out. The Boss 351, 429, and Ram Air 429 engines were all new for 1971. All models came standard with a 250 c.i. six-cylinder engine, except for the Mach 1, which had a 210 hp 302 V8.
The Cleveland plant produced all of the 351 engines (series 335) used in the Mustangs. The specification of the 351 CJ engine was modified slightly in May of 1971. The compression was reduced, and the horsepower was also reduced. The latter engine was rated at 280 horsepower, which was 5 horsepower less than the former. The letter “M” was emblazoned on the door plates of both engines.
The 302 V8 didn’t have much power for a heavier Mustang. Optional V8s included the 210 hp 302, 240 hp 351, 285 hp 351, 370 hp 429, and 375 hp 429. Both 351 V-8s were powered by Cleveland V-8s. The 285 hp 351 V-8 that was available at the start of the model year was replaced in May 1971 by the 351CJ, a low compression 280hp 351. On both of these 351s, the engine code was M.
Since the 427 and 428 engines were no longer available, the 429 CJ was enlisted to serve as the top Mustang motor. Despite the fact that the 429 was available in every Mustang body model, the massive engine was most often used in Mach 1, which was the only Mustang production version at the time. No parts from the older 428 were compatible with the 429 since it was part of the Ford 385 Engine Range.
The 429 couldn’t fit in the engine bay because it was bigger, larger, and heavier than the 1970 Mustang, which was one of the reasons the 1971 Mustang increased in size. The cylinder block was based on the 429/460 block, which was also used in the Boss 429, and the cylinder heads were based on the Cleveland 351 engine. The 429 is comparable to a large Boss 302. If the Drag Pack option was chosen, the 429CJ became a 429SCJ.
If you are really interested in this car, you should definitely check the 1978 model of Mustang.