1971 Ford Mustang
1971 Mustang Mach 1
1971 marked the biggest styling change for the first generation Mustangs. It was now longer, wider, and heavier. While the regular 302 and 351 engines lost some power this year, the 429s remained strong with the same rated output as in 1970.
The 1971 Mustang was available in three body styles, the coupe or notch-back, the sportsroof (fastback), and the convertible.
The Mach 1 continued, while the Boss 351, rated at 330 hp and 370 ft-lbs, replaced the Boss 302 and 429 models.
1971 Mustangs had chrome trim on the front edges of the front fenders and hood which surrounded the grill, and large, horizontal signal lights were set into the grill.
On regular Mustangs, the Mustang horse emblem in the center of the grill was surrounded by a rectangular "corral" and had horizontal bars extending to the headlights. On Mach 1 Mustangs, there was a smaller horse emblem mounted on three vertical colored bars.
A honeycomb grill and a honeycomb rear panel insert were unique to the Mach 1 Mustangs. 1971 Mach 1 Mustangs are supposed to have a body-colored urethane front bumper, however many are now seen with chrome bumpers.
The tail lights, while retaining the traditional Mustang three-lens style, were of a new design. "Mustang" is spelled out in separate chrome letters across the trunk lid on regular Mustangs, while Mach Ones have a "Mach 1" decal instead.
1971 Mustang Key Differences
1971 and 1972 Mustangs both had horizontal front signal lights mounted in the grill. 1971 regular Mustangs had "Mustang" spelled out across the trunk lid in separate chrome letters, which was unique for this year. Mach 1 Mustangs had a pop-open gas cap for 1971 only, but owners often install this style cap on '72 or '73 Mustangs.
1971 to 1973 Mustangs all shared the same body design. 1973 Mustangs had different front bumpers and grills, but 1971 and 1972 cars are more difficult to tell apart.
How to Identify a 1971 Mustang
1971 Mustang Grill
1971 Mustang Grill Emblem
1971 Mustang Signal Light
1971 Mustang Fender Name Plate
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Decal
1971 Mustang Rear Panel
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Fuel Cap
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Hood
1971 Mach 1 Side Stripe
1971 Mustang Tail light
1971 Mustang Front Spoiler
1971 Mustang Rear Wing
1971 Mustang Rear Window Louvers
1971 Mustang Seats
1971 Mustang Dash
1971 Mustang Magnum 500 Wheel
More 1971 Mustang Pictures
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