Mustang Mach 1
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
In October of 1947, test pilot Chuck Yeager accomplished something widely thought to be impossible due to an aircraft not being able to withstand the shock when it happens. He proved them wrong by breaking the sound barrier (Mach 1) on October 14, 1947. At the altitude he was, he had to be going over 662 MPH.
Fast forward to 1971 and we give you, from a consignment, and benefitting from a partial restoration on a solid body in 2017, a frame up restored body, and a Cleveland engine, Mach 1. A little overbore on the engine (.030 over), rebuilt transmission, and drivetrain and donning its original black color in a respray and we are soon to create our own sonic boom.
Draped in its menacing Raven Black respray with clear coat then add in some silver graphics on the NACA ram air hood and some side striping and we are looking fast. Also, we can add some more silver in badges which are stick on, and a rocker stripe. A few frowns are found in the form of some front bumper damage on drivers' side, and areas of paint chipping and cracking on the door. A rakish rear deck angles its way downward gracefully all the way back to the rear spoiler. Underneath the spoiler we see the triple brake lights bordered by another stripe above and a clean bumper below. 15 x 7 Magnum 500 chrome wheels are on all four corners. The 1971 front grille is the most menacing of all the Mustangs and has been emulated even in newer versions of this moniker. Lastly, worth noting this year we lost the hockey stick cove on the side panels and doors.
Turning our attention to the interior, correct high back black knitted vinyl buckets with gray accenting stitched in are in front, and a 2+2 fold down seat in the rear. The original dash, in a new color, with its deep round dual gauges also has a now added tachometer strapped to the steering column. In the dash center there is another trio of gauges, an aftermarket AM/FM/CD player, temp control levers, and a clock. In the center console we note a T handled Hurst shifter and a deep storage compartment that doubles as an arm rest for the front passengers. Carpeting is black and clean, and above we see a black headliner that is sagging.
A Cleveland 351ci 4V V8 bored .030 over and was balanced. Consigner states it now produces 330 plus HP. This beautiful mill also has a high flow intake courtesy of Offenhauser and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor on top. Strapped to the back is a 4-speed manual Toploader tranny. On the rear is a rebuilt Ford 9-inch pumpkin and 3.55 gears, and Moser street comp. axles. Sadly, this car is missing the NACA hood duct assembly, so it is not benefitting from the ram air.
All cleaned up and spit shined during the restoration, we now see a rust-free environment. Floor pans are nice, and rockers have no rust. Dual Flowmaster exhausts make their way rearward from the headers attached to the Cleveland. Front disc brakes and rear drums are on.
This rocket fired right up, and we have liftoff! Plenty of power, and nice handling, and a comfortable interior to boot. It shifted smoothly, and all interior functions were a go.
Nicely restored and save for a few dents and cracks in the exterior, and the missing NACA hood duct assembly, we have a nice example of the snarly Mach 1! All you need to do now is “pony” up the dough and you can drive it right out of here...BOOM!
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
F-302ci V8 2bbl
210638-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63R-Mach 1 Buckets
COLOR A-Raven Black
TRIM 5F-Medium Ginger Knitted Vinyl
AXLE 6-3.00 Conventional
TRANS 1-3 Speed Manual
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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