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1971-73 Mustangs: Why are they the least liked ?
#1
I am sure all of you have heard and read that the 1971-73 Mustangs are like the Ugly duckling of the classic mustangs,Not too sure of the reasons but one that sticks in my mind is that the design of 1971-73 seems to deviate from the original concept of the Pony car long hood/short deck lid and that they grew in size too much...
So what is your opinion on why they are the least popular of the Classic Mustangs? What have you read or heard at shows or events?
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#2
Because the 'purists' are dumb-asses.... plain and simple.

For instance: They accept the '69-'70 Shelbys as 'Mecca' models... yet, the nose treatment of our cars came pretty much straight from them. Coincidence? I think not.

Our year models do everything better in every category than the first gens - except maybe in 'outward visibility - especially to the rear.' About the only thing I don't like better on my '71 than the previous models is the tail lights - and even then, it's not a major thing to me.

IMHO, it's 1974 when they messed up the Mustang... not '71.

Let 'em keep the classics... I'm perfectly happy with my 'Ugly Duckling.' I'm also guaranteed a "Best In Class" trophy in every local Mustang club car show no matter what my junk looks like, since nobody else has one. Hehehe!!! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Eric

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#3
According to my signature they aren't the least liked. Tongue

Maybe it's the chevyesque styling cues.

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My Mustangs:
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.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#4
I think people were so stuck on the 65-70 bodystyles. That when they came out with the big bodies, alot of hardcore ford guys didn't care for it because they were bigger, heavier, hard to see out the back,ect. and plain funky looking compared to the previous bodystyles. Plus, they were designed by the same GM guy who designed the camaros and chevelles,etc. He left GM to work for ford and the 71-73 mustang big bodystyle was his influence.
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#5
I used to be a member on another mustang forum and the majority dislike the 71-73 mustangs for being to big and say they handle bad ( they obviously have not driven one ) , the mistaken body weight of 4000 lbs And most call them a Torino Stang . And i made the comment that i never really liked a Falcon either and he replied he hated Falcons rofl . There are some nice early Stangs But i prefer the lines and style of the 71-73's better. I also get a LOT of flack when i say that 73 should have been the last year of the Mustang name plate .Last car show i went to i saw a early 65 and i went and looked it over and complimented the guy on how nice his 65 was and the guy looked at me like i insulted his mother and replied it's a 64, and his buddies kinda laughed, so i walked back around car again stopping at windshield pointing to VIN and then i complimented him on how nice his early 65 was and asked if he needed me to educate him on his Mustang.

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Yea,Tho i cruise through the valley of the shadow of rice,I will fear no Turbo,For Torque art with me.Thy rods and crankshaft,they comfort me. Big Grin Robert
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#6
I agree with "Mister 4X4" in which the 71-73 front nose was based off the 69-70 GT500 front nose, and I think the rear view of the Sportsroof is the best angle to view and appreciate. And yes we have an advantage at car shows since less participants in that generation but we sometimes get grouped with the 69-70's in the car show since there so few of us and that's a disadvantage.

1965 FASTBACK GT350 Replica 1989 5.0 Roller EFI ENGINE, PORTED GT40 INTAKE, PORTED GT40P HEADS, E303 ROLLER CAM,
65MM T/B, 24 LB INJECTORS, 350 HP, FLAMING RIVER RACK N PINION,
QA1 FRONT COIL OVER SUSPENSION, 4- LINK COIL OVER REAR SUSPENSION,
ALL WHEEL DISC BRAKES, 1995 MUSTANG SEATS,
REAR SEAT DELETE, 6 gauge POD, T-5 5-SPEED, 4 POINT ROLL CAGE
1973 MACH 1 351C w/T-5 5 SPEED
2007 GT500, SHAKER 1000 AUDIO, EIBACH SUSPENSION,
PYPES LOUD MOUTH EXHAUST

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#7
Maybe least liked by the guys that prefer the earlier models.

I've only ever gotten positive responces about my car. Any normal people (not a "car guy") seem to think our cars are just as cool as any other classic.

Maybe some people think it's too heavy (completely untrue), maybe some think its to big, or don't like the styling, I don't know. I just know none of those topics seem to come up at shows, gas stations, etc. lol

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~Buddy
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#8
yes Bunkie Knudsen big time GM guru had a large influence on 71 model, especially the Sportsroof.

1965 FASTBACK GT350 Replica 1989 5.0 Roller EFI ENGINE, PORTED GT40 INTAKE, PORTED GT40P HEADS, E303 ROLLER CAM,
65MM T/B, 24 LB INJECTORS, 350 HP, FLAMING RIVER RACK N PINION,
QA1 FRONT COIL OVER SUSPENSION, 4- LINK COIL OVER REAR SUSPENSION,
ALL WHEEL DISC BRAKES, 1995 MUSTANG SEATS,
REAR SEAT DELETE, 6 gauge POD, T-5 5-SPEED, 4 POINT ROLL CAGE
1973 MACH 1 351C w/T-5 5 SPEED
2007 GT500, SHAKER 1000 AUDIO, EIBACH SUSPENSION,
PYPES LOUD MOUTH EXHAUST

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#9
I have a hard time appreciating the earlier than 67 ones... don't think I would own one. To each his own, but for me the Mach 1 hood is the best to ever grace a car...and you can stuff a big block in one!
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#10
"The Mean Girl Syndrome"
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Oh and fuel/oil crisis, insurance prices, emmissions, and basically bad timing. Ford's decline in the Trans Am Racing. The "purists" not happy with the design change. If given the chance in Trans Am back in the Golden Era, I honestly think our car would be considered the best ever! Again, bad timing! Oh well, it has nothing to prove cause it is THE BIGGEST and BADDEST MUSTANG EVER BUILT! Just look at the spec sheets ;0)
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