Revelle 1971 Mustang Mach 1

MCHOF’23: Revell 1/25 ’71 Mach 1 Mustang is Built to Last

The mid-1970s were a tough time for the automotive industry, especially for muscle cars. With new emission, safety, and fuel economy standards taking effect, big, fast, powerful cars were on the way out. Limited performance and higher insurance costs didn’t help.

Revelle 1971 Mustang Mach 1

Ford’s Mustang was at the end of its first generation, although its fourth completely different look. The Mach 1 Mustang was the biggest yet, and the last hurrah for the original age of muscle cars. What would follow, the Mustang II would be a shadow of the original.

James Bond drove the big Mustang in Live and Let Die, at least for a few minutes. And for about 60 Seconds or so, a yellow ‘Stang named Eleanor was the star car. Naturally, lots of diecast in all scales came with the territory. 

Revelle 1971 Mustang Mach 1

Revell has offered kits of it before, but their newest is a sharply retooled model, and with the leaps in the quality of decals over the years, it’s their finest version yet. The chrome bits, especially the taillights, look so realistic. and the crisp decals highlight every detail of the graphics package.

Interior, engine, and chassis details are beyond what you might expect from a kit, so with a little skill, you can create an amazingly realistic car. For moving the hobby ever forward, Revell’s ’71 Mach 1 Mustang is the Model Car Hall of Fame’s Model Kit of the Year.

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