Ford Mustang Grande Hardtop 1971
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For the record, in ’71 the models offered were, the Hardtop (in base or Grande) Sports Roof (in base or Mach 1) and Convertible (no trim option.) The ‘Grande’ was an upgrade over base designed to be more luxurious than previous editions but would retain the performance image that had become expected of the Mustang marque. Although Mustang had evolved through four body styles since ’64, this was still considered ‘First Generation’ but was now 3 inches wider to accommodate larger engines.
This low mileage California car was subject to a complete nut & bolt rebuild. The Grande option included a vinyl roof, this example has had that removed during the rebuild. Another Grande feature was the chrome trim around the wheel arches and under the doors.
Under the NASA Ram Air hood, the rebuilt 351 ci Cleveland V8 was uprated with an Edelbrock Air Gap RPM Intake Manifold, designed to keep fuel/air cooler and improve performance. This is topped with a Holley Street Avenger 670 CFM 4 Barrel Carburettor along with Headman Ceramic long tube headers flowing into a new fully welded exhaust system. The FMX Auto Transmission was also rebuilt.
The original suspension was replaced using all new components.
The interior got the full works too, new dual tone TMI upholstery in Mach 1 style, new headliner, carpets, door cards, seat belts and a complete new dash featuring Dakota instruments, plus a new steering wheel to hang onto.
The heater was also replaced so this cool car is one hot place to be!
All new chrome and exterior bright work including bumpers front and rear, new grille and lights were added including new glass with a top tint windscreen.
Finally, New wheels and tyres.
Finished in a 3 stage Burgundy metallic with the ivory interior, this iconic model Mustang in this superb condition, not only looks good but with the 351 Cleveland option it has got to be one of the best driving Mustangs, ever.
This 'Tunnelback' rear window design from 1971 was still a feature on Jag's XJS Coupe 23 years later!