Hello, muscle cars fans! Yesterday we received a very interesting email from one of our readers from Central Florida who proudly served in the U.S. Air Force in West Germany from 1968 through 1971 – Mr. Norman Thompson. Probably most of you have read the article 1971 Ford Mustang T5 Mach 1 Fastback Coupe – The Only One To Exist but Mr. Thompson took a delivery of a very similar car in 1971 in Germany and has a very interesting story and pictures to share with our community! Click on Read more to learn an interesting story regarding why his car did not have the T5 badge.
“The article in question states that there were only two “T5″ Mach1 versions of the Mustang delivered to Germany in 1971, and that may be true. The article also suggests that the other one was still in Europe. That may also be correct, but if so, then I can account for another one, at least up until the time I sold mine in 1973 I took delivery of a 1971 Mach1 in November of 1970.
I purchased it through the Base Exchange via the Ford dealer in Frankfurt W. Germany. The car looked very much like the author’s car, deep blue with silver trim and white interior with silver inserts on the seats. The car had a 351 Cleveland motor with four-barrel carburetor and a four speed Hurst transmission. It was equipped with A/C and an 8track/AM/FM. It did not have the silver side stripes but it did have the flat silver painted hood insert, fully functional Naca air intakes and the words “351 Ram Air” on the side of the raised area on the hood.”bbin十大平台网 , said Mr. Thompson.
He also added that the word “Mustang” did not appear anywhere on the car but all of the Mach1 graphics were where they are on other Mach 1s.
“Here is the unusual part of the story. There was no “T5″ badge on the car when I arrived at the port in Bremerhaven to pick up the car, which was required by German law. I spent hours with the officials at the port trying to work out some way I could pick up the car when the badging was not correct. The Ford Dealer in Frankfurt who was the dealer of record could not locate a T5 Badge, and the Ford dealer in Bremerhaven said “not my problem”.
After a good 6 hours of haggling, a highly placed German customs official took pity on me and said I had been put through enough pain and released the car without the T5 badge affixed. He told me if anyone ever questioned me about it just say it fell off. God bless him.
The car sounded wicked and ran like a scalded jackrabbit. I typically cruised the autobahn at about 135mph. To this day that is the coolest looking and sounding car I have ever driven and, I have a 500hp 2007 Shelby GT 500 to compare it to, so that’s saying a lot!
I sadly and foolishly sold the car in 1973 to a young student at UCF (University of Central Florida). If you ever spot my Mach 1 please let me know. I would love to have it back. It is very likely one of a kind.“, finished his story Mr. Norman Thompson.
When we heard this story we thought, “Wow, there was a third 1971 Mach 1 in Germany!” So, let’s help Mr. Thompson to find his asphalt-tearing ride back and if you have some info – drop us a line!
Photo credits: Mr. Norman Thompson