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Is a factory 4 speed 1971-73 Mach1 more desirable?
I would like to know if a factory 4 speed 1971-73 Mach is more desirable and valuable than an auto/
I personally prefer the 4 speed for the 'fun factor" of driving it and could not care if its more valuable or not...but just wondering what other forum members think.

I used to have a 1972 Q code Mach 1 auto and it was fun too!!
From what i am and for what i read here, the 4 speed cars are the most desired and yet valuable mach1 for sure...

Damián Cool

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In my opinion, yes. I would rather have even a 3 speed than an automatic. I guess I just prefer manual transmissions.
Yes Manual are more fun and valuable, Automatics go hard to so it" up to what you like.
Mine is now a 5-speed (well mostly) converted (well mostly) Big Grin from a C-6. Value in my opinion would depend on the overall package of options. I think it is more likely to find a "loaded" car with an automatic than a stick. It is probable the higher performance Mustangs would come with a 4 speed.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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While "value" is in the eye of the beholder, I would venture to say that "more valuable" as it relates to classic automobiles usually comes down to rarity.

Using that bench mark, the C6 Mustangs were rarer in 1971 than the 4-speed cars as there was a total of 6,190 C6 Mustangs versus 7,672 4-speed Mustangs.

In 1972, there were 7,108 C6 Mustangs and 3,539 4-speed Mustangs.

In 1973, there were 22, 757 C6 (14,428 2V 351s and 8,329 4V 351s) Mustangs and 4,228 4-speed Mustangs.

NOTE: All C6 and 4-speed Mustangs built in 1972 were behind versions of the 351 4V engines. All 4-speeds in 1973 were behind 351 4V. The 1971 Mustangs included at least one 4-speed behind all engines excepts the 6-cyclinders and the 302-2V Low Compression export version.

Source: "Mustang...by the Numbers (1967 -1973)"


Do the RIGHT thing.
In 1972, there were 7,108 C6 Mustangs and 3,539 4-speed Mustangs.
Cool,,,guess out of all of them, mine falls into least amount of 4-speeds produced for the total 3 year run.

My daily driver is '71 M-code Grandé with a toploader. Who would order a car like that?
It is all original, matching casting numbers down to the frame.
Or, was my car built from left over parts Ford needed to clear from inventory?
Aside from that, people have referred to it as a sleeper.


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There were 419 M-Coded 4-speed Mustang Coupes built in 1971. I am sure that a few of those were probably GrandesSmile.

That having been said, you DEFINITELY have a "rare" one!


Do the RIGHT thing.
cobra3073;43821 Wrote:Using that bench mark, the C6 Mustangs were rarer in 1971 than the 4-speed cars as there was a total of 6,190 C6 Mustangs versus 7,672 4-speed Mustangs.


Something's not adding up.
There were 149678 Mustangs built in 71 (according to this site). I also heard the vast majority were automatics. What were the rest of the 135816 Mustangs built with??? They must have used alot of FMXs or C4s too. It's very hard to believe the rest were 3-speed sticks. It was very difficult for me to find an origional clutch peddle (they just started repop-ing them last year).
To the OP: If it's a 4-speed, especially with a 351 or bigger, keep it stock. It's definatly rare and desireable.

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