Why a 71,72,73?

timsweet

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I was wondering why you'd pick a 71 - 73 Mustang?

I never fancied myself a Mustang guy. I didn't really care for the early Mustang, unless it was a fastback, 2+2.

In fact a few years back when I was finally decided I wanted to restore a car again, after 20 years, I went searching for something cool. I saw an ad for a 1970 Mustang up in Phx, AZ and drove up to look at it. I fell in love it and drove the 6 cylinder back to Tucson. I got hooked after that - anything 1969 - 1973 I liked - even the coupes and Grandes.

I swapped out the 250 for a bored .030 302 and due to someone rear ending it - all new paint and body work. I raced it at the local drag strip, showed it a bunch of times. Eventually sold it.

That was a few years ago.

I went looking for another project and was thinking a sleeper like a 60's Ford - two door anything or a MOPAR, really it could have been anything. When I came upon my '73 I knew it had potential and I love that body style and the price was right.

Did you have a reason for picking a 71-73 Stang or did it just happened?

Tim

 
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I couldnt afford a 1970. So I ended up with a 71. I like it a lot but still want a 70 fastback someday.

 

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Mine kind of just happened. I was one month shy of my 16th birthday and looking for a car. I wanted a 240z but dad said I couldn't by one. I was looking at the early mustangs as well. I really liked the look of the 67 fast back. A friend was selling his 73 Mach 1. Love at first site and the price was right. When it got wrecked I checked out a few 69/70 but the convertible became available and I had some parts from the Mach 1 so I went with the convertible.

 

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I wasn't determined to find a 71, but the price was within range. Before the 71, I had a 67 (first car), a 70, and a 69. Since Peche 71 came along I added Peche 73 last year. I like the larger body, and the fact that they aren't that common, so when people see one that looks good, it really turns some heads.

 

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Lol, mine was the same reasoning as Turtles. Dont think I could bring myself to sell it now even if I wanted to.

 

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71s just seem to find me. I had a 70 mach 1 that was just a rust bucket. I picked up my 71 Grande because the price was rite. After that my wife and I went threw several Fox Body's. My father in law bought the 71 Mach as a mid life project. After loosing interest it he gave it to me. I was originally going to sell it and find a 69-70 Mach 1. Over the years 71-73s have really grown on me to the point that I wouldn't want anything else.

 

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My '73 kind of found me too i guess in a way.

When i started tuning into the123's around 2009/10, they grew on me very fast. I fell in love with the '73 Convertibles, and the rest is history. I really have bonded with that car in many ways, and get a big kick out of owning and driving the car.

Greg.:)

 

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I was heading into retirement and wanted a car to toy with again. In my early days I worked over a 64 (327/365) and a 68 (350/350) Corvette that were sold to fund a Suburban as the family grew. I wanted something to play with yet not pay a pile of initial cost. I knew nothing about the 71-73's. My brother in law had a neighbor with a 73 Mach 1 who was going into foreclosure on his house, business failing, etc. He needed money. I requested pictures, VIN and price. The owner confirmed matching numbers and a pile of receipts (that ultimately totaled $22K). I bought it sight unseen (an original SoCal car) whilst I was working in Korea. This was ~ 2 years ago. It is a 4 speed Q code with PS, PB, A/C, fold down seat, etc. Short of the suspension/steering all has been rebuilt. Retired, I now have it apart to correct this. I am enjoying wrenching on a car again and more than please with the purchase.





 

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A 71 parked near me at the airport everyday and it started to grow on me. I was looking for a 69, but the prices were getting more than I wanted to spend. Looked at a 69 the week before and for $6500.00 I could get a rusted shell. Found a 72 on craigslist and made a deal on it.

 

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I was never a big 71-73, fan even in high school. But when I starting looking I wanted a vert with red/black combo and happen to see a 73 with the combo that I wanted...

 

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I'm a big guy and looked at a few 60's coupes when I was younger and just didn't fit in them. I stared looking at 71-73 and loved the look and size of them and have wanted one ever since. I had a 73 fastback for a while and ran out of money and the wife wanted her spot in the garage back so it had to go. Hoping to close the deal on a 72 convertible in the next few weeks that's in much better shape.

 

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My Mom had a friend in one of her college classes (Utah Technical College - now Salt Lake Community College) that had a Grabber Yellow '71 Mach 1 I fell in love with when I was 14. He drank a bit too much one weekend at a class 'picnic' he'd taken me to for some reason and let me drive us home - Game Over.

Fast forward to July 2010 where I was Jonesin' for hot rod project after my pal Jim found his '63 1/2 Galaxie 500 XL, and I saw this on Craigslist:

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Against my better judgment and apparent lack of math skills, I bought it thinking it would be cheaper than buying a $40K 2010 Camaro 2SS. :shootself:

Wouldn't change a thing, though. ::thumb::

 

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When i decided i wanted a Mustang i went to see the Mustang i have now and after crawling underneath and finding a virtually rust free car i could'nt walk away and i bought it on the spot there and then. I consider myself fortunate to have landed so lucky. After pulling the back seat out today i found 2 one cent coins or pennies as i call them i know they are definately 2 lucky pennies :D

 

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I've had my 73 convertible since 1974 and liked the looks with the Decor option. It was supposed to be the last year for Mustang convertibles so I though it might have some future value so I took very good care of it.

 

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I wasn't looking for a particular car. I had been a fan of American cars since I was a little kid so I knew I was gonna try and own one someday. I found mine in the local classifieds and went to look at it and although I did not like it at first I still bought it. Don't ask me why.

It grew on me later and when I decided to have it redone I made it just the way I wanted it. So it is no longer just a 71,2,3 Mustang but it's MY 72 Mustang and I don't even care that it's s Mustang. It's just MY car, the way I wanted it.

 

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Good luck!!!

I'm a big guy and looked at a few 60's coupes when I was younger and just didn't fit in them. I stared looking at 71-73 and loved the look and size of them and have wanted one ever since. I had a 73 fastback for a while and ran out of money and the wife wanted her spot in the garage back so it had to go. Hoping to close the deal on a 72 convertible in the next few weeks that's in much better shape.
 

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Easy for me. I am 6-5" and I knew the 71-73 were just larger and I would have chance to fit in them.

 

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I took a ride in a 73 coupe to go camping, and a year later when I bought my first car, I didn't even have to think about it. Bought a 73 Grande and it was the best car ever! My buddies had a Challenger, Firebird, and Monte Carlo, but they couldn't keep up with the Grande so that cemented it in me.

Scott

 

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I saw a 7123 Mach 1 at a car show in Australia once and loved it. Later when I had some money leftover (this happened once in my life ;-) ) I decided I'd treat myself to something out of the ordinary and started looking for a hot classic. I found a nice Charger but it was in the UK. Then I came across my 73 Grande and bought it. 73 is also my birthyear and now I want to collect more from that year... I can dream right?

 
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