Ford Mustang Convertible 25th Anniversary

Ford reintroduced the Mustang GT in 1982. It was the first GT pony car since 1969 – the Boss, was indeed, back! Based on the corporate “Fox” platform shared with the Ford Fairmont, it debuted with a 302 cid HO V-8 as standard equipment. As part of the new allure, it was given a specially designed exterior complete with non-functional hood scoop and a racy cockpit with blackout trim and bucket seats. It was reminiscent of the classic American muscle cars of old and was rated as the fastest domestic car produced that year.

In 1987, the car was again restyled inside and out and its engine upgraded for more power. It’s competition, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird, had also upped the ante. But the Mustang’s new 5.0-liter HO engine featured better breathing valves, tuned exhaust ports and dished-top forged pistons along with a stainless steel exhaust to improve airflow. Handling and suspension components were upgraded with new strut housings and brake hardware to improve cornering and stopping performance.

Mustang convertibles offered a rare combination in 1990 – top-down motoring, V-8 power, and a sticker price under $20,000. In GT trim, the 302 cid V-8 was good for 225 hp. A five-speed manual transmission was standard; a four-speed automatic was $539 extra. Fewer than 27,000 Mustang convertibles would be produced for the model year.

Production of all Mustangs dropped precipitously in 1990 to just 128,189 units from 210,769 in 1989. To spark sales, Ford offered a Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Emerald Green GT two-door Convertible with special white leather interior. Production was planned to be limited to 2,000 units but Ford produced 3,837 examples of the car.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

225 hp, 302 cu. in. V-8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, power assist front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal

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