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'71 Boss 351

  • Any of us who are old enough to remember know that in the second half of 1971, performance took a serious hit. Performance cars featuring 10.25:1 compression ratios in 1970 were headed to the showroom floor with 8.5:1 squeeze. The writing was on the wall.

    In the first half of the year, the new longer, lower, and wider '71 Mustang was introduced. The new Mustang was a good-looking car, but it was also heavier, weighing in at more than 3,800 pounds.

    The first Boss 351 still had an 11.0:1 compression ratio and ran fairly hard with solid lifters, but 1971 was still the swan-song year for high-compression engines and the Boss series of Mustangs. This car represents one of the last Mustangs from the Total Performance era and so deserves a spot on our 25 Hottest Mustangs list. It was at this point that many of us lamented the high-performance car as lost forever.

    Read more: http://www.mustangandfords.com/news/29460-25-hottest-ford-mustangs/#ixzz38dv1vcFq

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