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1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 At Mecum Portland Auction

The early Mustangs are highly sought after no matter if its a fastback or a standard coupe. When the body style was changed in 1971 fans of the Mustang weren’t thrilled with the style, and the 1971 to 1973 Mustang isn’t among the most desirable of Mustangs standing above only the Mustang II for some fans.

If you had to pick a 1971 Ford Mustang, the top dog to have would be the 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 like the car here. This ride is heading to auction at the Mecum auction in Portland being held June 21-22, which is this weekend. The car is made famous by being the ride features on the poster called “Rosie’s Diner” which can be seen with the car in some of the photos.

The 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 is one of 1,806 made that year and is a concours quality restoration. The car has the correct 351 cubic inch, 330 horsepower high output solid lifter engine. It also features the correct DZ1-ZA carburetor for the year and the correct block and distributor.

The 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 is painted Grabber Yellow and has a black interior and 4-speed  transmission with a Hurst shifter. It has a fold down rear seat, rear window defroster, 3.91 Trac-Lok differential, and chrome Magnum wheels. It also includes the original ram air cleaner with all correct PCV valves, smog, and hoses. The restoration also coated the undercarriage with the correct Red oxide coating, and the car has the proper suspension.

It’s easy to see why the 1971 through 1973 cars aren’t as popular as the earlier models; they look much larger. The car is still a beautiful ride, and perhaps since they are less desirable, the car will be more affordable.

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Source: Mecum

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Juanito Ibanez

    In 1971, Ford did not have a “4-speed automatic transmission” … let alone one in the BOSS 351 Mustang.

    1. Shane McGlaun

      Correct you are!

  2. Jason Jeffers

    Didn’t say “automatic”. Just 4 speed….

    1. Juanito Ibanez

      Jason Jeffers wrote: “Didn’t say ‘automatic’. Just 4 speed….”

      It did … before you edited it out, Jason, as I ‘copied-&-pasted’ my “quote” from the original text.

      [HINT: The double spacing between “4-speed” and “transmission” is a dead giveaway of post publishing editing. 😉 ]


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