Collectible Classic: 1984-1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0

Matt Phenix
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Carlos Amoedo

THE SPECS
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)

THE INFO
Years produced
1984-1993
Number produced
196,185 (between 1987 and 1993, including 48,669 notchbacks, 98,880 hatchbacks, and 48,636 convertibles)
Original price
$14,055
(1991 LX 5.0 hatch)
Value today
$1500-$8000
(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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