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Black Beauty! 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof Survivor

What else could you call a pretty black pony car? (apologies to Anna Sewell) Despite how nice this car looks in black, only ten 1971 Mustang Sportsroofs were ordered with this set of paint and trim codes. And this car is still wearing it’s original paint and interior, and doesn’t show any rusting either. This survivor is located in St. Charles, Missouri and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding hasn’t really gotten started yet as I write as it’s still below $800.

You can see some dents and blemishes in the paint, but it still is very presentable and it’s only original once! Thankfully, it has kept a lot of it’s gloss as well. As a side note–someone that keeps their garage this nicely seems to me to be someone that would be worth buying a car from.

You can see some defects in the paint in the hood in this shot–to their credit, the seller tells us they are there and makes no effort to hide them in the pictures. The seller is the third owner; the first kept the car for 19 years, the second for 27 (which means the current seller hasn’t had it for long if you do the math).

The interior isn’t mint, but it doesn’t look bad at all. I wonder if some careful patching could save the seat. The car is nicely equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and an automatic, but naturally the air conditioning is non-functional at the moment, along with the windshield washer pump.

The real interior wear shows up on the door panels, as does an aftermarket speaker setup. However, replacements are available (look at the bottom of the page, and they are nowhere near as expensive as the deluxe panels.

The 351 cubic inch V8 is somewhat strangled in the interest of fuel economy with a two barrel carburetor. I see a few things under here that I’d want to upgrade or refurbish, but as a whole this looks like a really nice, largely original car. Interested in owning this black beauty?


  1. CJay

    $10,200 already.

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  2. JW454

    I’m more of a ’69~’70 Mustang person but, I do like the looks of this one. I’d be bidding if I were in the market.

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  3. flmikey

    …it even has the original single exhaust! True original car, and worth every penny….which I think the final price will be in the high teens, low 20’s….

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  4. CCFisher

    Not a big fan of this generation, but this one looks almost elegant in black. It’s true! Black is slimming!

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  5. Nova Scotian

    Chrome Crager mags with rear window louvers in black, would transform the look of this sweet machine for the better.

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  6. Rocko

    Took one for a test drive once, couldn’t see much in the mirror out the back window. If a car needed a back-up camera , this would be it, cool looking rear window though, didn’t buy it for that reason, imagine louvers!

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    • rich voss

      Rocko – you are absolutely right. Back glass looks great on the outside, pain from inside..plus those huge “sail” panels. Rear window louvers would have made rear vision even worse. Lots of prayers before backing out of diagonal parking spaces…I was usually the guy that parked way away from everything. Plus, it snows here..a lot. I took the front and rear spoilers off my new ’71 Boss before the snow flew and put rubber plugs in the holes. Never regretted that either.

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  7. 68 custom

    nice looking Mustang! I am pretty sure the 351 Cleveland 2 barrel will respond well to a set of duals, a re-curve distributor and an aluminum intake and about 650 cfm of carb of your choice!

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  8. JW

    I rode in a fellow car club’s 72 and that is the only draw back, you can’t see out the back window.

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  9. Luke Fitzgerald

    Rare car

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  10. Chebby

    Strange how a ubiquitous color like black is really rare on certain cars, such as this one. You almost never see a factory black Valiant or Duster, they were all gold, green and brown.

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  11. Bruce Best

    My parents had a choice of one of these in red or a pinto in the same color. They knew I would be driving it soon so we ended up with the pinto with an automatic because my mother at the time could not drive a stick. She could fly an airplane but not drive a car with a manual transmission.

    I have always wanted one of these and if you think the vision out of the back of this car is bad sit in a Lotus Europa sometime. I still want one and this is a real beauty. It could go all the way to 30K

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    • Tirefriar

      Bruce, that’s how I ended up driving a Chevy Vega after my parents decided that the ’73 Camaro was too fast for me….

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  12. Fast Fred Member

    Nice car, but I believe a least the hood has been repaint .Cracks don’t happen like that with original paint .

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  13. erikj

    This is a nice mustang. That color package is neat and am sure very rare as said above. Still I like them for the time back then,but .There are other cars out there I really would spend the money that this will fetch.
    I only say that since I got my brother a really nice 71 mach 1 back in the 80 s.
    He had it for 20 years, Funny to think that I was the one that sold it for him in the end.
    Anyway, I drove it many times . and never could get to like it. Only had a 302-2barrel(yes it was a real mach 1 !, I always said it was a sissys mach 1.) automatic. I felt like I sat way low in the seat-I’m only 5’8 and the dash felt massive high. And that back glass, I swear if you look out the back you could only see maybe 4″ horizontal

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  14. Rustytech Member

    Rearward visibility was not good on these cars, I don’t be leave it was great on any of the fastbacks, that’s why most had two mirrors on the outside. This is a great original car. I am not a big fan of the 72 / 73 Mustangs but this is the perfect driver. I expect it will be at $20 to $25k before it’s over.

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    • JW

      Our 70 fastback can be a challenge but not near as bad as the 71 to 73 models, they had a more severe slope at the rear glass area.

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  15. Joe Defelice

    Think the back window is bad, try looking through it when it’s raining! LOL I remember these in the showroom when new, and recall sitting in a Mach 1 while dad was looking for a used wagon to replace our recently totaled older one. Mustangs were my first love, and though these weren’t as nice as the 70 and earlier, I still liked them. Only way I could even consider this or anything else is if the lottery gods would quit pissing on me and give me more than 1 or 2 numbers on a ticket!

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  16. Tom

    Lets see, at the same time my Dad had a 1971 Silver fastback V8 plain jane, my Mom had a 1971 Brown fastback V8 plain jane, both bought new. A couple years later I bought a used 1971 Silver Mach 1 351C 4bbl C6 with Ram Air.

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  17. Pete

    My 1st wife had a hand me down 73 Mustang Convertible Blue and White. That car had been wrecked 3 times and rebuilt and it would fly. Later we got a 71 Mercury Cougar with the same drive train as this mustang. I drove that car like I stole it and eventually on Christmas day as I was driving home the engine blew in it. It was a solid car. I just didn’t treat it right. If I had the willingness to buy this one I would swap out the carb, perhaps the cam and make it a dual exhaust and just enjoy it.

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