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Automotive Mileposts  
Standard Equipment
1971Thunderbird script
Thunder Jet 429 V-8 Engine (360 Horsepower)
SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic Drive
AM Radio
Power Steering
Electric Clock
Front Cornering Lights
Power Front Disc Brakes
Power Ventilation
100% Nylon Carpeting
Automatic Parking Brake Release
Five-Pod Instrument Cluster with gauges for Oil Pressure,
     Alternator, Fuel, Engine Temperature
Fuel Evaporative Emission Control System New for '71
Locking Steering Column with Ignition Key Reminder
     Buzzer New for '71
Outside Left-Hand Remote Control Mirror
Uni-Lock Harness
Cayman Grain Vinyl Roof (Landau models)
Sequential Turn Signals
Hydraulic Windshield Wipers with Electric Windshield Washers
Belted, Bias-Ply Black Sidewall Tires
MagicAire Heater/Defroster
Courtesy Lights (Glove Box, Map, Luggage Compartment)
Front Seat Center Armrest
Dual Hydraulic Brake System with Warning Light
Padded Instrument Panel
Padded Sun Visors
Energy-Absorbing Steering Column
Inside Yield-Away Rearview Mirror with Day/Night Adjustment
Emergency Flasher
Backup Lights
Flashing Side Marker Lights
Self-Locking Front Seat Backs on 2-Door Models
Safety-Designed Coat Hooks
Non-Reversing Odometer
Safety Design Front End Structure
Head Restraints or High Back Seats for Front Outboard Occupants
Shoulder Belts for Front Outboard Occupants
Front Cornering Lamps
Front Cornering Lamps were standard again in 1971, but would oddly return to the options list for 1972.
 
12.8 cubic feet of luggage space
All Thunderbirds featured 12.8 cubic feet of luggage space. The deep well trunk design, first introduced in 1964, allowed bulky items to stand upright in the center section for better use of space. Luggage compartment was fully lined and automatically lit. The jack assembly was concealed under a flap on the right hand side.
 
1971 Ford Thunderbird Two Door Landau
An example of a 1971 Thunderbird Two Door Landau (above) in Medium Brown Metallic (paint code 5) with a Brown vinyl roof. This car features the standard wheel covers and the rocker panel molding supplied on cars without the optional vinyl-insert bodyside protection molding. The roofline is reminiscent of the 1966 and 1969 two door Landaus, and would not be used again after 1971.