Lot 288 - 1971 Ford Mustang Convertible
|Odometer reading||49,052 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,440|
Ford's ultra successful first generation Mustang came in for one final revision, which lasted for the three years between 1971 and 1973. Although it shared many of the styling cues of the original, every dimension was bigger - the car was longer, wider and heavier in keeping with industry trends. Built on a 109-inch wheelbase, the 1971-1973 Mustangs remained true to the original formula in many ways, continuing to offer a myriad of engines, transmissions and trim options. Three different body styles were available, ranging from the Coupé and Fastback to the Convertible although demand for ragtops was in serious decline and 1973 would be the final year of the open-topped Mustang for several seasons.
On offer is this very rare righthand drive 1971 Mustang Convertible, built in Dearborn, Michigan for the managing director of Ford UK and registered to him in February 1971. The consensus of opinion with Mustang experts and American car specialists who have worked on this car is that it could have been built as an appraisal unit to test and to show to Ford customers the option of righthand drive. These test cars were built by most of the American manufactures but then destroyed, it is known that a few cars did survive and this could be one of them. The second owner kept the car for twenty-one years with the registration number EMM 4J before selling it in 1992 to a Mr. Turner of Cornwall. The car was then sold to Mr. England in Aberdeen who set about a complete restoration and an engine rebuild in 1997. The next recorded owner is in 2004, a Mr. Clark from Colchester who, while in his ownership, kept the car fully maintained by American Specialists, Tom Newman. He sold the car in 2010. This excellent example is finished in dark blue with black interior and roof and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2015, a file containing photographs of the 1990's restoration, invoices from 1994 to 2007 and a number of old MoT test certificates and old tax discs. These early 1970s models have great appeal, both visually and behind the wheel.