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Old 10-11-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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What are your opinions of the 1971-73 Ford Mustang's? I personally consider them to be underrated cars that don't seem to get enough recognition although I don't think they're as great compared to the Mustang's of the previous years, I do consider them to be the last great era of the classic Mustang's.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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One of my least favorite eras of Mustangs. But hey, I'm not really a Mustang guy, so that's just a long-distance opinion.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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"ugliest" gen of mustang. Not a fan. Love Mustangs, but the only thing worse then a 71-73 is the Mustang II
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I'm also not much of a Mustang guy.

My top choice would be either a '66 with the 289/271 hp engine or the '68 with the big 428 Cobra-Jet engine.

However, the 1971 still had very good power and acceleration (see photo). The '72 still had relatively good power, even with the lower compression ratio and increased emissions equipment. The '73 was not at enjoyable to drive as the '71-'72, based on what I've read & seen.

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Old 10-11-2013, 03:52 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I don't know about underrated but my 72 351 Cleveland was underpowered. IMO the car was just too big for a Mustang.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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i have a few issues with them, one they are too big, two the fastbacks are difficult to see out of to the rear, three i dont like the sail panels on the coupes, it seems like the designers were trying to put some corvette influence in the car, and while i dont like convertibles, the 71-73 convertible is one i actually kind of like, but the size issue for a mustang still bothers me.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Isn't it a worked Mach 1 that Mel Gibson drives in The Road Warrior?

If so the cars have that going for them.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The 71 - 73 era was not a high point for Mustang styling.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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<-- 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 (351C)
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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I owned one for several years, as a DD. In many ways it was a typical American car of the era-bigger than it needed to be, soft willowy suspension, and not exactly a monster performer. Admittedly, the inline 6 with the 3 speed manual accounted for some of that sluggishness, but it did return a rather un-American car 24 mpg. It was very useless in snow, even with studded tires. And yet I liked it enough to drive it for 7 or 8 years, which was a long time for me to own a car. It worked nicely for long drives on straightish wide roads, and was utterly reliable. The worst failure was having a rocker arm break and even that didn't kill it, just made it run rough until I replaced the broken piece.

The relative lack of remaining specimens is likely a combination of the fondness tinworms have for that vintage combined with the lack of love at the time. I don't know that I would have another one, but that's mostly becuase I have a long list of other cars I'd like to own and there just isn't time for another one.
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