Fox-bodied LTDs were almost universally loathed when they arrived in 1983. The engine was the same high-output 5.0-liter V8 so prized in the Mustang from that year. The LX got a four-speed automatic, bigger sway bars, bigger coil springs and bigger brakes, along with a 3.27 rear axle and a Traction-Lok diff. The automatic was shifted via a floor selector with a console, and it was the only LTD ever to have a tach in the instrument cluster. It was the predecessor to cars like the Crown Victoria LX Sport and the Mercury Marauder, and was a high note in an otherwise depressing string of Fox-platform sedans.

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