Grabber Blue
Black
351 V8
4 Speed Manual
  • The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration
  • Featured in Randy Leffingwell's The Mustang Forty Year History / Featured in David Newhardt's Mustang Milestones
  • Featured twice in Car Craft Magazine / Featured twice in Legendary Ford Magazine
  • Correct 351 cubic inch Ford V8 / Correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct Grabber Blue paint (Spies Hecker 2-stage) / Correct Black interior
  • Sale includes: An original Build Sheet / A copy of the car's original Invoice / A Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report
  • Sale includes: Restoration photos / Restoration receipts / Copies of all the car's features
  • Correct Competition Suspension / 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels
  • Factory power steering
  • Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes

Well past a half-century of motoring, the Ford Mustang remains one of the world's strongest automotive brands. While some of their rivals have taken a misstep or two, Ford has consistently ensured America's favorite pony car remains a stylish and affordable platform. Because of that, each generation finds a devout following and, ultimately, a place in the collector car world. In recent years, 71-73 Mustang prices have seen steady growth, and high-end cars like this awesome Boss 351 are starting to claim a few rays of spotlight. Equipped with a correct 351/Toploader drivetrain, and wrapped in a high quality, body-off restoration, this fully documented coupe has all the hallmarks of a great collector piece. If you're a blue oval fan who's looking for a thrilling muscle car that can be shown AND enjoyed, this second-generation Boss is your hot ticket!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Corralled in the Arizona heat for the first 20 years of its life, this awesome pony is a strong example of just how good this generation of Boss can look. Unfortunately, those two decades involved a lot of track brawling, and, by the time its second owner stepped up to the plate, most of the car's Boss-exclusive components had been either swapped or modified. It took that owner three years of parts sourcing, but, after a solid restoration, this Ford was back on the road. In 1998, the car was purchased by its third owner: Ken Maisano of MASCAR Auto Body – yes, the same outfit that's been featured countless times on Overhaulin'. In addition to sourcing more correct parts, Ken stripped the car bare and financed a detailed, ground-up freshening. Naturally, that rebuild included correct Grabber Blue pigment, which, in this application, takes the form of high quality Spies Hecker 2-stage. And today, this Boss rolls as a revered collection of well-aligned panels and ridged character lines that presents a better-than-factory appearance.

For the 1971 model year, Ford product planners, aided by former GM exec Bunkie Knudson, designed a bigger, heavier and more luxurious Mustang. The idea was to cash in on the burgeoning large luxury coupe market; and not only did the car grow, it also received styling cues which exaggerated both its length and weight. At the front of this Ford's body, prominent, silver-trimmed sportlights and inset, crystal clear headlights combine with a traditional galloping horse emblem, a bright chrome bumper and an aggressive chin spoiler to construct a clean and solid face. Sprinkled down the car's fuselage you'll find fresh marker lamps, flush door handles, vivid “BOSS 351 MUSTANG” call-outs and traditional Ford racing mirrors. At the top of that fuselage, like-new glass, which is framed by bright stainless trim, highlights both the car's long ram air hood and dramatic fastback roofline. And at the back of that roofline, a jewel-like fuel filler and traditional Mustang tail lights ride between a fresh bumper, a prominent wing and a third “BOSS 351” call-out.

ENGINE

Naturally, this all-American blue oval is a lot more than just a pretty body. Under the car's 'long and low' hood you'll find 351 cubic inches of Ford V8 that was balanced, blueprinted and completely overhauled by Ken Maisano Racing Engines in March of 2007. In factory guise, Ford's venerable Boss 351 utilized Boss 302 heads, a solid-lifter cam and shot peened and magnafluxed rods to turn stout 11 to 1 compression into an honest 330 horsepower. Today, this big coupe makes roughly 100 more horses thanks to a mild cam upgrade. At the top of the engine, an old school carburetor snipes air from a restored, single-snorkel air cleaner that's decked in a sweet combination of factory fresh decals and bright blue paint. Below that carb, a clean aluminum intake anchors a correct Autolite coil and traditional points distributor between fresh Autolite Radio Resistance wires and finned valve covers. Below those covers, fully restored exhaust manifolds funnel spent gases in to high performance, true-dual pipes. And in front of those manifolds, a correct radiator cycles water through pliable Autolite hoses and reproduction screw clamps. As you can see, the car's proper bay has been coated in a smooth sheen of Satin Black paint. All the engine's correct ancillary components, from its Autolite rev limiter and Autolite voltage regulator to its Autolite alternator and reproduction Autolite battery, are present and accounted for. And the road-ready powerplant is fast, potent and runs every bit as good as its brilliant Ford Blue paint suggests!

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Given its body-off restoration, the bottom of this premium Ford looks exactly how you'd expect a well-maintained classic to look. The motor spins a rugged Toploader 4-speed that's been completely rebuilt by Orange County Transmission of Costa Mesa, California. Holding that drivetrain off the ground is a correct Competition Suspension, which makes excellent use of a thicker sway bar, stiffer springs and staggered rear shocks. Above that suspension, solid floorpans sport a familiar combination of oxide and undercoat. At the ends of that suspension, factory power steering combines with fresh fuel components and power front disc and rear drum brakes to make easy work of turning, stopping and accelerating. In the middle of the floors, a big, true-dual exhaust system jettisons roasted dinosaurs through an H-pipe crossover and traditional turbo mufflers. And at the edges of those floors, power meets the pavement through chrome Magnum 500s, which spin F60-15 Firestone Wide Oval 60s around galloping horse center caps.

INTERIOR

Inside this Grabber chariot, a correct Black interior features fresh bucket seats and a roster of correct equipment that blends seamlessly with the car's bright facade. Everything from the door panels and headliner to the black carpet and pony-branded floor mats appears to be restoration-fresh. The dash is loaded with vintage telemetry, and features glossy black trim that's clean and tasteful. A correct Philco AM radio rides between well-integrated accessory gauges and a chrome Hurst shifter that's founded on a factory console. The driver spins a 2-spoke factory steering wheel. And the passengers stash supplies in a completely restored trunk that features a correct mat, a correct lid decal and a familiar Space Saver spare.

PROVENANCE

According to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, this clean coupe was bolted together in Dearborn, Michigan on May 26th, 1971. Here's a thorough breakdown of the car's original Door Data and optional equipment:

DOOR DATA:

SERIAL NUMBER: 1F02RXXXXXX
* 1 – 1971 model year
* F – Built in Dearborn, Michigan
* 02 – Mustang Sportsroof
* R – 351 cubic inch, 4V Boss engine
* XXX,XXXth Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Dearborn
* 05/71 – Assembled in May of 1971
* 63D – Mustang Sportsroof
* J – Ford #3657-A Grabber Blue paint
* 1A – Black Ruffino with Corinthian Vinyl bucket seats
* V – 3.91 Traction-Lok axle
* 5 – 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission
* 75 – Phoenix Ordering District

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:

* 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission
* Traction-Lok differential
* F60x15 wide oval raised white letter tires
* AM radio

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FEATURES

* Featured on the cover of The Mustang Forty Year History by Randy Leffingwell
* Featured in Mustang Milestones by David Newhardt
* Featured in the February, 2004 edition of Legendary Ford Magazine
* Featured in the August, 2004 edition of Car Craft Magazine
* Featured in the December, 2004 edition of Legendary Ford Magazine
* Featured in the September, 2010 edition of Car Craft Magazine

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OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* An original Build Sheet
* Original factory manuals
* A vintage ad and description for the car (prior to its recent freshening)
* Build photos from the recent freshening
* Receipts from the recent freshening
* Component literature from the recent freshening
* A copy of the car's original Invoice (from Lois Eminger)
* The aforementioned Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report
* A copy of Randy Leffingwell's The Mustang Forty Year History
* A copy of David Newhardt's Mustang Milestones
* Copies of both the car's Car Craft features
* Copies of both the car's Legendary Ford features
* A Mustang tag and chrome plate frame

There's never a bad time to buy a classic muscle car that's in pristine condition – especially when that car is a Boss. While the 71-73 Mustang's production numbers are significant, documented, top-of-the-line ponies are hot commodities that appear to be just warming up. If you're looking to buy in to an emerging collector car niche, don't miss your chance to own this stellar Ford!

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SUMMARY

* The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration
* Featured in Randy Leffingwell's The Mustang Forty Year History / Featured in David Newhardt's Mustang Milestones
* Featured twice in Car Craft Magazine / Featured twice in Legendary Ford Magazine
* Correct 351 cubic inch Ford V8 / Correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
* Correct Grabber Blue paint (Spies Hecker 2-stage) / Correct Black interior
* Sale includes: An original Build Sheet / A copy of the car's original Invoice / A Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report
* Sale includes: Restoration photos / Restoration receipts / Copies of all the car's features
* Correct Competition Suspension / 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels
* Factory power steering
* Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes

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