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[column grid=”2″ span=”1″]The 1971 Mustang was larger, heavier, more powerful, thirstier than prior models, and the most changed model since its introduction. The changes were the answer to the demand for more room and power. The increase in body size allowed Ford to use the big block V-8 engine or the powerful 429 Cobra Jet Pack with 370 horsepower. Ford had entered the muscle car race.
Many forces converged by 1973 that signaled a change from the fast-andfurious start of the 2+2. Soaring gas and insurance costs and the addition of emissions and safety equipment brought the muscle car era to an end and Ford began positioning the Mustang as a luxury car. The end of 1973 would begin a hiatus for both the V-8 engine and the convertible.