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1971 Ford Mustang Spec Explorer
In 1971, the Mustang was designed to be more muscular (lower, wider, and heavier than any previous models). The "corralled" mustang appeared once again but on a headlight incorporated full-width grille. The fastback had a flatter roof and the hardtop had a recessed rear window ("tunnel backlight"). They where 2.1 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the 1970 (7.1 inches, 6.8 inches over the 1965). And average weights where 500 pounds heavier. The main reasons for all of this: more engine compartment room for the more powerful engines and more room for passengers. The base engine became the 145hp (250ci) inline six cylinder. The new body design allowed for a larger engine but ironically this was the last year for the Mustang big block, the 429 cubic inch V8. The larger grille horse and corral could be optionally changed with the 1969 smaller horse on a red, white and blue tri-bar. Chrome bumpers, fenders, and hood moldings where standard except on the Mach 1 and Boss. The Mach, Boss and Grande options were available. This was the last year for the Boss 351.

Example of a Mustang from 1971
Sales Brochure cover
1971 Mustang Sales Brochure pages (click on to view)

Sales brochure for the 1971 Ford Mustang. Three body styles (hardtop, convertible, sportsroof), 7 engine groups (145hp 250ci, 210hp 302ci, 240hp 351ci, 285hp 351ci, 370hp 429ci, and 370hp 429ci dual ram), and 3 main option packages (Grande, Boss 351, and Mach 1). A Light Pewter 1971 Mach 1 Mustang is shown on the cover inside a light bulb. Most of the Ford models had similar designed sales brochure covers in 1971.

Available 1971 Mustang exterior paint colors

1971 Engines
code   engine  
L 145hp 250ci standard 6-cylinder
F 210hp 302ci optional V8
H 240hp 351ci optional V8
M 280hp 351ci Cobra Jet after May7 V8
M 285hp 351ci optional before May7 V8
R 330hp 351ci Boss V8
C 370hp 429ci Cobra Jet V8
J 375hp 429ci Super Cobra Jet V8
Styles, Models & Special Editions
Hardtop, Sportsroof, & Convertible
Mustang Grande
Mustang Mach 1
Mustang Boss 351
European T-5 Ford
Spring Special Value Hardtop

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