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Wheels in the Grass

'71 Mustang Mach I, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mustangs didn’t get much bigger than this 1971 Mach I spotted recently in a lot in Niagara Falls. The wheelbase was only an inch longer than the original 1965 Mustang, but they were eight inches longer overall, and weight grew from 2,633 lbs. for the ’65 fastback, to 2,950 for the ’71 (the ’71 Mach I was a whopping 3,220 lbs.). As the weight increased, sales numbers went continually downhill until the new, Pinto-based ’74 models came out. The ’71 Mach I had a base price of $3,268 (a hair over a dollar-a-pound) and Ford produced 36,499 of them, making it the second-best-selling Mustang for the year behind the hardtop coupe.

...from the brochure

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know