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The Ford Mustangs came into being as a way for Ford to attract a younger audience in April 1964. The aim was to create a sportier model that would encourage a new generation of car lovers. After GM released the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird, it was obvious that Ford needed to develop the Mustang in order to keep pace with its competitors and so the the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is born.
The origin of the Mach 1
The need for bigger engines and more power brought about the redesign that introduced the 428 cubic inch 7.0 liter Cobra Jet FE engine. The future of the Mustang GT, this engine promised great things but the title ‘GT’ didn’t initiate thoughts of ultimate street performance. The ‘Mach 1’ was created.
Special features of the 1971 Ford Mustang
The second generation Mustang was released in 1971 and could be bought with the standard 302 cubic inch Windsor motor or upgraded to the optional 351 Cleveland engine – a great feature of this car.
1971 saw the launch of one of the Mustang’s most recognizable feature ever, the hood scoops. These second generation Mach 1s could come with the non-functional NACA hood with dual scoops. Although available as a purely aesthetic feature, the Ram Air upgrade could turn these into fully functional features. Included in this upgrade were vacuum controlled ‘flappers’ and a fiberglass under-hood that directed outside air into the carburetor.
Over the years, the Mach 1 has been an icon of the muscle car culture and has appeared in a number of well-known films, including the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. It’s most noteworthy appearances include the 1974 film Gone in 60 Seconds, the 1990 film Marked for Death and BBC Top Gear’s Patagonia Special.
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