It is probably safe to say that anyone interested enough in high performance street machines and wild doorslammers to pick up a copy of RPM is probably crazy enough about cars to remember their first. Whether it happened to be a pristine musclecar or a clapped out piece of junk, most folks—especially car enthusiasts— can usually recall all the details surrounding their first set of wheels.
So it is with Pinetown, NC resident Terry Leggett. The life-long drag racer and owner of Leggett Logging and Trucking Company once cruised in a red 1971 Mach 1 Mustang back in his high school days. Although countless street and strip cars have come and gone since those days spent cruising as an impressionable 16-year-old, Leggett never forgot his first red Ford.
Most recently, Leggett was campaigning a pro mod 2009 Mustang when the urge struck to build a new car. Ready to return to his roots, Leggett made a call to Harry West of Hairy Glass in Jacksonville, Florida.
“My first car was a ’71 Mach 1 Mustang, and I knew I want something different, so I called up Harry ready to help him develop a new bodystyle,” he said. Luckily for Leggett, West already had plans to develop a new car and make it widely available. The timing could not have been better.
Although the Mustang in most any iteration is obviously a favorite of musclecar enthusiasts, street machiners, and drag racers alike, the 1971- 1973 model years have been largely ignored relative to other eras of production. Fueled in equal parts by a desire to … Read more of this article. Just click on the digital feature below this introduction.
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