1971 Ford Mustang Review

1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 351C 4v from North America

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership1977
Engine and transmission 351C 4v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Fast on the road, would pass anything but a gas station

Faults:

Like any American car of the 60's and 70's, I could watch it rust. Other than that, nothing major. But little things kept happening. External oil from the sending unit to the heads, kept breaking. What a stupid idea for that.

I could not keep the interior in decent shape. The plastic moldings kept breaking.

Other than that, it was a reliable car.

General Comments:

That 351C was a strong engine. Rated higher than the 72 or 73 in hp and torque. Ford rated them lower and turned them down because of the insurance companies and federal regulations.

It is by far, the nicest looking car I have ever owned. All the striping and Grabber Green. It was the color that first drew me to it. Not many of them out there, I had to have it. Most of the Mach I's were Red, Silver, Grabber Blue or Black.

Since I saw my first Mustang before the Christmas of 64, I wanted one. I was 6 when the Mustang came out, and 11 years later I had one. I bought it at 17.

There was only one other kid in school that had a car as nice. My buddy's '69 Roadrunner. We were kings.

Biggest mistake I ever made was trading it in for a '75 Elite. That was the worst car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2009

3rd Dec 2009, 10:06

"Biggest mistake I ever made was trading it in for a '75 Elite."

What on earth were you thinking?

3rd Dec 2009, 22:30

I have asked myself the same question over and over the last 30 years.

4th Dec 2009, 14:45

I have done the same kind of thing, in fact six years ago I sold my 1974 Camaro that I purchased new in 1974. It was all original and had only 22,000 miles on it - What was I thinking? I hope that makes you feel better.

24th Dec 2009, 05:15

I bought a 71 Mustang with a 351c. It was the best car I ever had. Major head turner. Bought it in 2005 for 1000 dollars, put a new paint job ($2000), radial tires ($500), stereo, weather strips, and cosmetic stuff ($500). and sold it for 7500. Made some good money, but I do miss the car.

Just purchased a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood FWD for 3000, mint condition, only has 30000 miles on a new engine. I love old cars.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review