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Knotts Berry Farm Show Today Re-Cap
#1
Hi everyone,

As most of you know, I am a recent 71-3 guy with my 73 Mach purchase.

Once a year they hold a Huge show at Knotts here in So Cal. Today there was over 2000 Fords with 1100 of them being Mustangs. I came to the show in hopes of looking at all the 71-3 mustangs and taking pics of some of the completed one's for when re-assembly time comes. To my huge disappointment, there were only 8 of our cars out of 1100 mustangs. I was pretty shocked and did not realize that they are either much rarer than I thought or that most people would rather have a 65-70. Maybe it is a combination of both...there were 2 Boss 351s that I saw, 2 verts, a Grandé, and 3 Machs with none of the Machs being anything special for pics.

Here are a couple pics of the crowd...let me know why you guys think there were so few of our cars?

Jeff

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jeff8877;120918 Wrote:Here are a couple pics of the crowd...let me know why you guys think there were so few of our cars?

When the world is polluted with restored '65s, '66s, and new S197's, statistics begin to get skewed Wink

-Kurt

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#3
I think most of the mustang crowd yawns at the 71-73s but the rest of the world sees one and thinks they are cool. At least that's what happens when I drive my cars...get several positive comments everywhere I stop.

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71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
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jeff8877;120918 Wrote:Hi everyone,

As most of you know, I am a recent 71-3 guy with my 73 Mach purchase.

Once a year they hold a Huge show at Knotts here in So Cal. Today there was over 2000 Fords with 1100 of them being Mustangs. I came to the show in hopes of looking at all the 71-3 mustangs and taking pics of some of the completed one's for when re-assembly time comes. To my huge disappointment, there were only 8 of our cars out of 1100 mustangs. I was pretty shocked and did not realize that they are either much rarer than I thought or that most people would rather have a 65-70. Maybe it is a combination of both...there were 2 Boss 351s that I saw, 2 verts, a Grandé, and 3 Machs with none of the Machs being anything special for pics.

Here are a couple pics of the crowd...let me know why you guys think there were so few of our cars?

Jeff

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I just got in from a great day at knotts'. What a show! I found 3 Mach 1s worth taking picks of. The black 71 was very nice. I B/S with the owner for a while, he will be checking out are site.

Yeah every year there is only about a dozen or so 71-73s. Those 2 Boss 351s are there every year. I must say you won't find any better examples. They are stunning.Cool Then again my wife's 2013 was the only V6 convertible in the 2010-2013 class.


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Did you happen to get photos of any of the 8 71-73 cars? Would like to see
them if you did.
I didn't go to Knotts this year or last but went for most of the 10 yrs before then.
My reaction then was similar to yours, where are the 71-73s?
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#6
I'm surprised there were that many...they are growing in popularity and price tag but the earlier mustangs still hold the favorite for most car buffs even though (in my opinion) they are not built as well as ours for handling
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#7
I had a blast at the show today , my 5.0 EFI"d 72 coupe ran awesome there and back, met wolverine and one other gentlemen from this forum, yes it was totally a great experience, I took alot of pics ill post them when I get a chance. the number of 71s and 73s were few but in my opinion i think that just makes our cars that much more unique against a sea of 64-70 mustangs.

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#8
We had 7-8 in my club's show here in san diego last october. So I'm a bit surprised there weren't more given how much bigger that show is (we only had 300 cars at ours)

But as for the 71-73's at knotts themselves, while I wasn't there I know of at least 2 that should have been there. There should have been a black/silver 73 w/ a 429 and also a red/black 71 w/ a 302 there as well. So if anyone has pics of those,and is curious they are both in the SDMC along w/ me and at least 2 other 71-73's
(so while there may have been few at the show, they are out there)

....and before anyone asks I could not attend w/ mine because, while my car was in nearby in SD, I was 1300 miles away in Dallas Sad

But BTB while I'm on the subject for anyone in southern california or even western AZ on here, if you want to see more try and make it to my club's car show "mustangs by the bay" here in San Diego every October (like I said, we at least 7 last year). And this year I believe we are going to be extending the number of 71-73's classes with one just for verts too (since there's more of them now and they used to get shut out by the mach's,lol)

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cudak888;120965 Wrote:
jeff8877;120918 Wrote:Here are a couple pics of the crowd...let me know why you guys think there were so few of our cars?

When the world is polluted with restored '65s, '66s, and new S197's, statistics begin to get skewed Wink

-Kurt

Part of the reason is production numbers.

64.5-66 1,288,557

67-68 789,575

69-70 491,063

Total other classic years production about 2.5 million

Our 71-73 total production -- 412,114

ref:
http://www.mustang-club.com/Mustang_Production.html

Not the only reason but early stangs are still fairly easy to find...

Ray

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1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#10
Well I am happy to own 1 of only 412,114 mustangs. Smile
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