10k: Low Mile 5-Original: 1986 Ford Mustang GT

The 3rd generation Ford Mustang (aka Fox body) was built from 1979 to 1993 and will forever be remember for its honest simplicity and 5.0 V8.  The Mustang wasn’t as powerful as the Camaro, but it made up for brute force with character – everybody loves an underdog.  The 5.0 Mustang is now a depreciated classic, so finding one in original condition with super low miles is a special treat.  Find this 1986 Ford Mustang GT for sale in Pikeville, KY currently bidding on ebay for $8,600 with a few hours to go.

This Fox body dates from the mid-life quad-headlight era – and is in this humble author’s opinion one of the better looking Fox bodies.  It may be because I owned an 86 SVO a few years back, but the 83-86 headlight/grill treatment simply looks better than the earlier or later cars.

Pop the hood and you’ll see the 5.0 liter V8 that has been swapped into every kind of vintage Ford, Volvo wagon, MGB…you name it.  Here the 5.0 is seen it its natural habitat and should be good for 200 horsepower and 285 ft-lbs of torque.  The 1986 model year featured a unique 5.0 – it was built with MY86 only cylinder heads and pistons for a 9.2 compression ratio (the highest of any Fox body 5.0) and power was increased in the next few years with small changes to intake and exhaust setup.

A peek inside this low mile Mustang brings floods of memories back to me, but this one is 10,000 times nicer than the one I had – probably because it only has 18k miles on the odometer.  The classic T-5 Mustang shifter looks like some reject from a modern art show, but is a necessary evil due to the far-forward location of the transmission tunnel shifter hole.

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