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1971-73 Mach 1 vs 1969-70 Mach 1
MechEng;134610 Wrote:Plus there's a certain pride in saving and restoring a 71-73 because I think people discount them because they aren't the trendy mustang.

I think you might've just coined a new term of endearment for the pre-'71 "Classic" Mustangs. thumb

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There have been many times over the years that I have "wished" for an earlier car. When I bought my '71 it was a no brainer. I was 15, and wanted an old Mustang to restore, a friend of a friend had a '71 coupe that he wanted $650 for. It certainly wasn't the quintessential '65 fastback I had always dreamed of, but it was the right deal at the right time and looking back I wouldn't change it for the world! I love my '71, I've also owned an '88 GT and a '00 GT, both very fun cars but not nearly as enjoyable as my '71 (even with the 250 inline 6 it started life with) You can keep those 'trendy Mustangs' all day long, and I'll keep my '71! Unless my wife decides she wants an old Mustang (unlikely) then she'll get an earlier model. Smile
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I would say I like the look of the running lights in the grill (especially on the 71-72) and also the fact they're cheaper to buy than 69-70 mach 1 (which are ridiculously expensive) but at the same time they're a bit more interesting/special than a 69-70 mach 1/mustang. (as w/ all 71-73's vs 60's stangs)
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I absolutely love the 69 Fastback. To me it's the coolest and most beautiful Mustang ever. Sporty, sleek, plenty of muscle.
I'd take one over any 67-68 Fastback anytime.
The 65-68 are nice too, but way too mainstream for me. Not that I'd pass one up if I got it cheap but I would never go looking for one.
Now the 71-73 is a completely different matter. I love those cars for their looks and performance but I don't necessarily see them in comparison with the older Mustangs. They are more like their own league.
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Yes. I see the 69/70 as the most aggressive looking mustangs. I see the 71-73 as fords muscle car.
1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
I love the 69/70 Mach I. Really cool dash layout. Great looking car.

I have never driven or worked on one so I can't comment on that.
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I forgot to mention one of my driving factors for why I went to the 73 instead of the 70. I actually fit in a 73, the 70 Fastback that I sat in, even with the seat all the way back, I still felt cramped. In the 73 legs feel good, headroom might be an issue (I don't have a headliner at the moment) but I can slouch!
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"The aircraft carrier" and "the Clydesdale" are derogatory nicknames given to the car by Larry Shinoda during the early development stages of the 71 car. The car was purposely designed wider, longer and heavier to easily accommodate the then-new 385-series engines(429-460). There were even plans to eventually install a 501 cubic inch "Cobra Jet".
The car featured many GM-inspired design features at the behest of Bunkie Knudsen that made the model and indeed the entire program very unpopular with the long-timers at Ford.
Notice that in no place on the interior or exterior of the car did the stylists include the word "Ford" in any styling or nomenclature badges or decals, other than generic parts used on other car lines.
This was the stylist's subversive attempt to declare that the new Mustang was not a "real" Ford product.
The fact that the car is 6" longer and 600 lbs heavier than the 65 model is repeated all the time the show how much the car had grown.
However, it is only 1" longer and about 100 lbs heavier than a 70, yet not many ever complain about how much bigger and heavier the 69-70 models are than the 65s.
The nicknames stuck, and history now views the 71-73s as too big and heavy, and outdated. They just never achieved the popularity of the earlier cars.
That's ok with me...I usually have the only 71-73 car at a show, and that is just fine with me.
MechEng;135001 Wrote:I forgot to mention one of my driving factors for why I went to the 73 instead of the 70. I actually fit in a 73, the 70 Fastback that I sat in, even with the seat all the way back, I still felt cramped. In the 73 legs feel good, headroom might be an issue (I don't have a headliner at the moment) but I can slouch!

Mine still has the headliner in it..And i fit fine...I could even wear a baseball cap with out rubbing the linner too much...Im 6'5" tall and ex defencive tackle in high school football....And same as you..Was worried about leg and head room...If you are much taller than me you mite have a issue.
It would have to be the sleek styling of the 71s-73s, they always looked fast even in the driveway.

My first car was a 69 Mach w/ 351 and I guess if I can only have one car for nostalgia reasons it would be that one

(but that being said) even back then while tearing up the roads in the 69 I dreamed of getting a 71 for me they were the coolestthumb

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