1987 Ford Mustang GT: What to test drive

When your friend Fred has a friend Fred who sells cars in Paw Paw or some other little wide spot in the road near the highway. It’s not like anything will get weird on a test drive.
Maturity can be fleeting, but fortunately it self-triggered when coming into some curves a bit too hot, and also when car salesman Fred suggests you turn over the keys to actual potential buyer Fred.
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1987 Ford Mustang GT: The Best Damn Fairmont Ever

And it is. Mostly. This one DOES have the period correct 1987 Fred paint job and interior. And it’s for sale!

And – hold on, what’s this? $14,500 and “NO A/C”? (Or “other power options“)?  What the- “Rare, low option GT”? Nice try, Mr. Marketer, but even I know that “rare” in the car sales world usually  means UNPOPULAR.

Don’t misunderstand – I love this car-  I drove one just like it (apart from it HAVING A/C and All the power options) for like 5 minutes one day in 1989. But no A/C in AZ on an 80 degree November day means “good luck with that sale. You’ll need it.”

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1986 Ford Mustang SVO

I love this car. It was the coolest thing – they turned my mom’s POS 2.3 into a turbocharged, intercooled, 200 hp real engine instead of an 88 hp tractor motor with a noisy valvetrain. I loved that they approached Mustang GT power without 5.0L of boat anchor weight in front. It simply had to handle better. I was hopeful that the dual plane rear spoiler, lifted (in concept) from the UK Sierra, portended a transition to some European dynamics and performance (basically, what they did with the Boss 302 Laguna Seca). Read More