Saturday, March 26, 2011

Car of the Day:March 26, 2011

The car for today is the Motormax 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351.

Ford's reign of "Total Performance" was rapidly drawing to a close, but something was still kicking in its muscle car stall: the 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351.

Based on the redesigned Mustang SportsRoof, the new Boss was built to qualify a Trans-Am counterpart, a purpose rendered moot by Ford's late-1970 retirement from most forms of organized racing. The upside was that the Boss 351 was probably the only 1971 performance car with a genuine competition-grade engine.

Unfortunately, it had to saddle up the biggest Mustang ever. Wheelbase for the 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 was up one inch, and the car gained 2.1 inches in overall length, 2.8 inches in width, and put on about 100 pounds. Its styling was influenced by the last of the Shelby models, which didn't survive into '71. That left the Mach 1 and Boss 351 as Mustang's similarly styled performance flag bearers.

The 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351
Wheelbase, inches: 109.0
Weight, lbs: 3,281
Number built: 1,806
Base price: $4,124

Top Available Engine
Type: ohv V-8
Displacement, cid: 351
Fuel system: 1 x 4bbl.
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower @ rpm: 330 @ 5400
Torque @ rpm: 370 @ 4000

Representative Performance
0-60 mph, sec: 5.8
1/4 mile, sec. @ mph: 13.9 @ 10

For more on the '71 Mustang, check out to learn more.

I received this Mustang by Motormax in a box from James. Think this part of a Canadian only series of drag car themed release. The model has a metal body and base. The base is held on by two screws and the base also has a clear coat. Chrome like rims and rubber tires help set off this sweet Stang. Also feature jeweled headlights as well. The American Graffiti on the rear fenders is the only letdown. With all the positives though, that can be overlooked as just a small complaint.

Thanks James.

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