2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
Lot
23

1972 Ford Mustang 'Mach 1' 351 V8 Fastback (LHD)

$39,000

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Specifications

Engine 5.8 litre V8
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Body Work Fastback
Colour Yellow
Interior White/Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Disc/drums

Description

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Ford's hugely successful first-generation Mustang was facelifted for the last time in 1971 and lasted in production until 1973.  Although it shared many of the styling cues of the original, the latest Pony Car was bigger in every dimension - longer, wider and heavier, in line with industry trends.  Built on a 109-inch wheelbase, the 1971-1973 Mustangs remained true to the original formula in many ways, offering a myriad of powertrain and trim options.  Three different body styles were available, from the Hardtop and Sports Roof to the Convertible, although demand for ragtops was in serious decline and 1973 would be the final year for an open-topped Mustang for many years.  With the fuel crisis in full swing, Ford's focus shifted from performance to economy and as a result engine choice was rationalised for 1972. The base unit was a 250-cid six, while just two V8s were optional - the 302-ci and 351-ci - but the big-block 429s were no longer offered. The 1971-1973 Mustangs were big, bold and beautiful, representing the end of an era - the muscle car was gradually being phased out by new safety legislation and the impending fuel crisis.  Offering fabulous value for money, these early 1970s Mustangs have great appeal, both visually and behind the wheel.