5k: T-Top Gun: 1987 Ford Mustang LX

The T-Top (or British T-Bar) is one of those automotive features that elicits an instantly polarized reaction from car folks.  Some will rave about the configurable nature of its small roof panels, and others will bemoan the resulting squeaks/creaks from the resulting wet noodle chassis stiffness.  It is a discussion that has almost become moot because nobody sells cars with T-Tops anymore…but who buys new cars anyway?  Buying new is a suckers game, anybody around here will tell you pickup some old used pile of parts and keep your change –and the T-Tops.  Like this 1987 Ford Mustang LX offered here on eBay currently bidding for $7,669 with 1 day to go located in Belmont, OH.

Ford’s Fox body Mustang is one of the legendary cars from the 80s that everyone should drive at least once in his/her life.  Even with the V8 and a set of grippy tires, the car won’t be much faster than a modern econobox, but the 80s vibe will destroy all challengers.  Turn up Duran Duran, Talking Heads, or Prince (from back when he wasn’t a total wack job) and live the dream.

Under the hood is Ford’s legendary 5.0 HO (five point oh, aitch-oh) that pushes  out 225 horsepower into a Borg Warner T-5 manual gearbox.  Here the 5.0 is in its natural environment– where it belongs, not in some Volvo wagon, Shelby Fauxbra kit car, or a Suzuki Samurai. 

This Mustang is being offered as a survivor example, that is 100% stock and it would probably make a decent fun car…but…would it be more fun with a few modifications under the hood?  Original condition cars are hard to find since the 5.0 V8 is so easily modified for more power…see where I’m going.

See another T-Top equipped late model for a decent price? Send it here: tips@dailyturismo.com