The opening spread introducing the new 1971 Fords in the September 1970 issue of Popular Mechanics. I can still remember the excitement I felt seeing the new-for-71 large Fords and Mercurys, and the equally new Mustangs and Cougars. The large cars were sleeker and more sophisticated looking than ever before, and had longer wheelbases and chassis. The Pony cars were also all-new, with a 1 inch longer wheelbase and an engine compartment that could now hold Ford's large 429 V8s. The 'Stang notchback and the Cougar even had flying buttress rear C pillars, a very sexy look, lol! The Torinos, Montegos, Mavericks and Thunderbirds were merely facelifted, but still really desirable, unburdened by the "I-Beam" bumpers that these cars would be saddled with starting in 1973. Mercury was given its own "Maverick" which it called Comet, a name used by the company since 1960 on their compacts, although from '68-'69 Mercury used it on the least expensive intermediate.