1971 Mustang Specification – The Mach 1 Specialists
The 1971 Mustang Mach 1 came only on the “SportsRoof” fastback body style. All first generation Mach 1’s are distinguished by the body style code 63C on the door data plate. The Mach 1 also got other visual and performance enhancing items such as matte black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, revised wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, chrome exhaust tips (except 351W 2V), deluxe interior, livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers (SportSlats).
Mach 1 for 1971 used a different grille/bumper combination than the regular base Mustang. The Mach 1 honeycomb grille housed two driving lamps while the front bumper was covered with urethane color-keyed to the Mustang’s paint. Fender moldings were also color keyed. The non functional NASA hood was standard equipment. The hood along with the lower body were painted either black or argent, depending on body paint. Color keyed dual racing mirrors were standard and all Mach 1s came with front fender Mach 1 decals. There was also a small Mach 1 decal on the rear deck above the pop-open gas cap. Boss 351 type side stripes were optional.
In the interior, the Mach 1 came standard with the base Mustang interior. Optional was the Mach 1 Sports Interior, which was optional on other Mustang SportsRoof models as well. Besides the special seats, door panels, 2-spoke steering wheel and clock, the package included the instrumentation group which consisted of three additional gauges- oil pressure, alternator and water temperature, all housed in a panel above the radio.
Standard engine with the Mach 1 was the 302 V-8, and all other V-8 were optional, except the 330 hp 351 found on the Boss 351. Optional V-8s were the 240 hp 351 V-8, the 285 hp 351 V-8 and the 370/375 hp 429 V-8. All 351 V-8s were of the Cleveland engine family. In May 1971, a low compression 280hp 351 V-8, called the 351CJ, replaced the 285 hp 351 V-8 that was available at the beginning of the model year. Both of these 351s had the same engine code, M.
We love Mustang Mach 1’s at Retro! Over the past decade we must have sold over 30 now, what we love about every car we have had in stock is there are all different in one way or another, whether that’s the colour combination, it’s history or the way it drives, they all have a different story to tell.
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