1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – The Number One

The classic Ford Mustang just has to be considered as legendary, no other car has really had the same impact over the years; kids had wall posters, adults wanted them and if you were cool enough to own one, you were doing well.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 brochure

Perhaps the biggest boost to the ‘Stang was its big screen appearance in the Steve McQueen film, Bullitt in 1968 – that firmly cemented the Mustang as the #1 muscle car.

The Mustang was first introduced in 1964 and the Mach 1 performance package came along in 1968 for the ’69 model year.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 ad

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Design

2-door coupe with SportsRoof styling. For 1971, the dual NACA hood scoops were standard on all but the lowest spec car. If you optioned the RamAir kit, they’d even be functional!

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 design

The Mustang almost gave birth to the muscle car movement, it’s looks were just brawn.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Interior

The Mustang had the ‘Knitted Vinyl Sports Interior’ fitted, this included high back buckets seats, console, molded door panels, twin-pod instrument cluster and an option for a tachometer.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 interior

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Specs

Overall length: 189.5” Wheel base: 109” Price when new: $3,268 Numbers sold (1971): 36,499 of the Mach 1’s, which was just part of the near 150,000 overall.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Performance

The base Mustang had a 302 ci (4.9 liter) Windsor V8 with 210 BHP and 296 lb/ft of torque, but there were plenty of other options; 4 x 351 ci (5.7 liter) Cleveland V8’s – 2-V, 4-V, CJ (Cobra Jet) and H.O. (Boss 351). There was also top end engines for that added performance kick; 429 ci (7.0 liter) CJ and SCJ (Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet). Maximum power available was 375 BHP.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 engine

Along with a multitude of engines was the same number of transmissions: 3-speed C4 auto, 3-speed C6 auto, 3-speed FMX auto, 3-speed manual and a 4-speed manual.

The base model did 0 – 60 MPH in 8.3 seconds and went on to a top speed of 117 MPH.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Collectability and Price

The Ford Mustang is collectible. Period.

It doesn’t matter what engine is fitted (although of course the bigger engines command more money) or what spec the ‘Stang is, they are worth good money.

For a concours model, expect to pay anywhere above $100,000 for the big engined Mach 1 with all the goodies fitted; prices have been as high as $130,000+ in the past, and we’d guess that they’ll get back up there again over time.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Images