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Spring Special Edition: 1971 Ford Mustang

Over the years, Ford would come out with special editions of its Mustang pony car, like the High-Country Special, Sports Sprint, California Special, and several others. That included the 1971 Spring Special which added Boss and Mach 1 appearance upgrades on the base level Mustang coupe. The seller has documentation that seems to back this car up as being one of only 450-500 built. Located in Hatfield, Massachusetts, this vintage Ford is available here on eBay where the opening bid of $5,000 has yet to be cast.

Following in the footsteps of the ‘70 Grabber Mustang that had capitalized on the ’70 Boss, the ’71 Spring Special had cues borrowed from the Mach 1 and Boss models. It was dressed up to simulate a Boss 351 (which was a fastback), with goodies like Boss side stripes, NASA hood, Mach 1 grille with “sport” lamps, dual sport mirrors, and the Mach 1’s molding/bumper organization. The car was only assembled from March through May of 1971, hence the name given to the car. And all of this was an option that cost less than $100.

Though finished in primer grey now, this car left the factory in Grabber Green paint with a 351 cubic inch “Cleveland” V8 and automatic transmission. No reason is given as to why this car has been sitting in the barn where it resides, and it looks to have dwelled there for a long with at least one other dirty, vintage auto. The front floor pans were rusted and replaced, but we don’t know how long ago that was.

The seller did some homework on this car and received a letter regarding its VIN verification, though we don’t know how official the document is. This Mustang came with Special Value Package ‘A’ which we believe Is the code name for the Spring Special. This car is going to need a lot of work. For example, the grille and front bumper are gone and there may or may not be any rust lingering anywhere. Given the low production numbers and survival rate after 51 years, how many of these could still be floating around?


  1. 8banger 8banger Member

    Hmmm, first 351 I’ve ever seen with dual ignition coils. Sweet.

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    • piper62j

      Those coils are just laying there.. Seems someone was trying to get the engine started and suspected the coil was bad.. Neither one is in it’s proper location.

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  2. Sam Shive

    Could Be Fun, Could Be A Money Pit. Not much love for this body style. Parts not hard to find so it should make someone a nice ride.

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  3. David Geerling

    Not a bad price @ $5,000 ??

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