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1) Motor Trend     January 1971

 “It is strictly a performance car and as such, does its job quite well”. pg 32


13.8 @ 104 mph

  37 @ 6000 rpm

0-30  mph

2.6 sec

  54 @ 6000  



  74 @ 6000  



100 @ 6000  




 2)  Car & Driver    February 1971

“The Mustang Boss 351 has but one purpose --- it is the backbones from which a Trans-Am racing sedan can be built (actually the stylists have made sure the bones aren’t all that bare)”.  pg 23

14.1 @ 100.6 mph

0-30 mph

2.0  sec

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0-90 “

11.5 “

0-100 ”

13.9 “


 3) Road Test     March 1971

A visit to Nevada, which is the only place left on this continent where a Boss 351, or any other performance car, has a purpose proved that those who styled the new “flatback” body either lucked out on their aerodynamics or applied some to the design. The car’s front spoiler and lack of negative pressure at the rear glued you to the road at speeds of 100 mph. There was almost no road noise and you could open the vent-less side windows at this pace without creating a cyclone inside the car”. pg 36


13.98 @ 104 mph

0-30 mph

2.0  sec

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0-75 “



4) Drag Racing   February 1971

 “Best et during initial testing was 13.24, making 12’s easy with proper attention to tuning, chassis, & tires & putting 11’s within reach”. Pg 21  

13.24  "out of the box" 


5) Hot Cars       May 1971

“By far the finest Mustang ever built”. pg 24

 “351 Boss engine was designed to race. Now that Ford has dropped out of all racing the car is in an odd spot. The intake ports are big, the heads breathe real well and the valve gear is designed for high rpm operation. It looks like Ford’s last effort was the one that finally made it and now they stop the program. Why Henry, why??” pg 23

13.98 @ 104 mph

13.10 with tires and headers

0-30 mph

2.6  sec

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0-75 “



6) Hi-Performance Cars    March 1971

“Ford’s rating of 330bhp @5400rpm is, in our opinion, slightly pessimistic. If the Boss 302 gave a .96 horsepower per cubic inch (advertised) with a milder cam, then the Boss 351 should be good for at least that much, or 347bhp. Of course the 302 was undoubtedly under-rated, so you should be able to expect more than 350 ponies from a stock Boss 351 after a good race tune.” pg 48.

 “We must admit that our shifting hand wasn’t at it’s best the day of the test, so the times may be a little off what you may be able to record. Ets were recorded in the mid-thirteen’s  (by other drivers), so with a little attention to detail and tune, the car should be good for ets in the high or mid twelve’s”.  pg 47. 

14.75 @ 100.22 mph

14.19 @ 103.09  "

14.02 @ 103.21  "


7) Hot Rod    February 1971

“The ’71 Mustang is a long way away from the refined Falcon-based Mustang we all gaped at in 1964, and for that, present Mustang owners can be happy. This one feels like its taking on the size of a Torino (and in some ways it is), but no matter what its shape or size may resemble, it sure runs like a racer. The Boss 351 is going to salt away a few Z-28’s before its season is up.” Pg65.  

14.09 @ 5500 rpm  (Doug Thorley Headers)

13.80 @ 6500 rpm                        


8) Super Stock and Drag Illustrated     March 1971

“To illustrate the 351 engine’s flexibility, we can tell you that on the first day we had the car, we were caught in some pretty hairy traffic situations, and mistaken started from a dead stop in second gear over and over again in one congested area. Nothing new, but it is a little unusual to be starting out in second gear with a 350-inch engine under the hood, and not a 429 torquer. Further on that same day, we deliberately started out from a stoplight in third gear four times in succession without a whisper of complaint from the engine or the clutch! Try that with the car you are driving now!” pg65

“In the atmosphere of ordinary driving, the BOSS 351 was a real joy. It was worth its weight in looks, glances, stares, and gapes of admiration and wonderment, since it was virtually the first such car in the area and less than a week old when we took it over. Its looks and its absolutely unique idle were attention getters like those of few other cars in recent memory.”  pg69

13.93 @ 100.55 mph 


9) Sports Car Graphic    March 1971

We Don’t Call It Boss”. (title of article)

“After a spell you begin to get used to all the extra sheet metal outside, and when you consider how nice it looks, and how functional the body shape is at high speed, it’s not  all that distasteful”. pg 40

“So as a “sports car,” it’s not that much. On the other hand, it is a pretty sporty GT in the largest possible sense of the word. On high-speed straight-aways it’s comfortable, quiet and quick. The rigid shocks that hammer you around on city streets apply themselves well at speed and the secure stability of such a large machine makes you feel bulletproof. The appearance will probably be a stronger selling point than performance, though, with the notchback body style, while this super-fastback body will appeal to the storming crowd with its preference for mean, dynamic, ultra forceful lines.” pg 40

“That wraps up the good news and bad news. Now for the terrible news. This is probably the last chance you’ll ever have to buy a machine of this kind in America”. pg 40

*14.7 @ 96.2 mph

*13.9 @ 104 mph (over-ran the rev limiter)

 * with headers

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2.6  sec

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