2 + 2 Fastback Rare Model
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
Features and Specifications
|Engine:||302 cu in (4.9 L) Windsor V8, 2-barrel Autolite 21|
|Drive side:||Right-hand drive|
1973 Ford Mustang AB1971-1973 MACH 1
In 1971, just two short years after its initial release, the Mach 1 received its first major redesign. Keeping with the power of choice theme, the 1971 Mach 1 boasted the widest selection of engine options yet, ranging from a 302 CID Windsor V8 to a massive 429 CID Super Cobra Jet motor. The 7.0L 4-barrel engine could put down a whopping 375 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 RPM.
Along with the changes under the hood, the 1971 Mach 1â€™s body was significantly larger than the 1969-1970 units. Ford added significant weight to the second generation Mach 1s, while also making the vehicles several inches longer and growing the wheelbase by one inch. The immensely flat backline was the most noticeable exterior change from first to second generation Mach 1s. The lack of rear visibility was a major issue in 1971-1973 units as there were plenty of blind spots.
As a result of the distinct exterior changes, the 1971 Mach 1 began drawing comparisons to larger vehicles such as the Fairlane or Torino rather than the Mustang.
The Mach 1 remained mostly unchanged from 1971-1972, and you would have to look extremely closely to determine the differences between the two model years. In fact, the only real way to tell apart 1971 and 1972 models on the outside is by taking a close look at the deck lid. 1971 Mach 1s feature â€œMUSTANGâ€ written in block letters, but the following year, Ford scrapped the design in favor of â€œMustangâ€ being written in script.
By the 1972 model year, it became clear that the trend of fast cars with big engines was on the decline. Engine options sharply decreased from 1971-1972. Those who purchased 1972 Mach 1 Mustangs could still choose between the 302C-2V, a 351C-2V, a 351C-4V Cobra Jet, and a low-compression Boss 351 motor, but the 429 Cobra Jet big-block was no longer an option.
The 1973 model year marked the end of the Ford Mustangâ€™s First Generation and a continuation of an oil crisis both at home and abroad. The 1973 Mustang looked great on the outside, and there were a plethora of exterior colors to choose from, but the writing was clearly on the wall that things would look mighty different in the coming years.