Collectible Classic: 1984-1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0

Matt Phenix
Carlos Amoedo

ENGINE: 4.9L V-8, 165-225 hp, 245-300 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
DRIVE: Rear-wheel
SUSPENSION, FRONT: Strut-type, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR: Live axle, coil springs
BRAKES F/R: Vented discs/drums
WEIGHT: 3000-3250 lb (all body styles)

Years produced
Number produced
196,185 (between 1987 and 1993, including 48,669 notchbacks, 98,880 hatchbacks, and 48,636 convertibles)
Original price
(1991 LX 5.0 hatch)
Value today
(all body styles)
Why buy?
It's an American muscle car from an era when the species was endangered. Unlike the hatchback- or convertible-only Mustang GT, the LX 5.0 could be ordered as a very tasty notchback coupe, too. A not-insignificant 60 pounds lighter than the hatchback, the notchback was the five-oh of choice for drag racers (if not for autocrossers, thanks to the Ford's famously iffy handling). Finding any LX unfettered by forced-induction engine mods or Batmobile bodywork can be tricky, but at least stock sheetmetal and most trim pieces are plentiful.

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