The Ford LTD (pronouced el-tee-dee) was first built in 1965 on the Galaxie platform as a top of the line for Ford’s full sized offerings. In 1979 the LTD was downsized to Ford’s Panther platform and in 1983 it was turned into a midsized thing on Ford’s Fox platform…which was a good thing for people who enjoyed a fun driving experience. The new rack-and-pinion steering, unibody construction, and drivetrain/suspension parts shared with the Mustang meant the LTD finally went from making its drivers sick to making its passengers sick. Find this 1985 Ford LTD LX 5.0 offered for $6000 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The GT350 name was originally used on the Fastback Mustang from the first generation and it was put to pasture after the 1970 model year. However, for the 20th Anniversary of the Mustang, the product planners at Ford pulled out the GT350 name an put it on a 35 day production run (5261 cars). This new GT350 had no affiliation with Shelby, but it was only available in Oxford White and included 10 more horsepower from the carburetor fed 5.0 V8 (only the automatic transmission equipped version got fuel injection for whatever reason) and it included the TRX handling package. The original TRX metric sized 390mm wheels (I hope Ford fired whoever decided that was a good idea) and white paint are gone…and this thing is covered in a shade of fungus-infected-toenail beige ™. Despite the paint…and salvage title…I like it. Find this 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 5-Speed offered for $13,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
This next car is about as odd of a combination as you’ll find around — first it is the Mercury Capri from the time when they shared a chassis and powertrain with the Fox-body Mustang, and it is equipped with a manual gearbox, but the kicker is that it is one of the few Capri’s […]
This next car comes from tipper Jon who writes: Here is a clean 1986 Ford LTD looking very ex-police car in white with bordello-red interior. At the $4k-ish asking price, it looks like some throwback fun for the folks who remember that this sedan was built on the Fox platform. The only potential downer might be […]
A stock 80s Ford Fairmont 2-door won’t get your blood pumping even in the sweet fastback-ish Futura trim (similar to a Mercury Zephyr Z-7…if that helps). Even the healthiest 5-liter V8 version only pushed 139 horsepower at a leisurely 3600 rpm…but that’s nothing that a crate motor swap won’t fix. Find this 1981 Ford Fairmont Futura […]
In 1983-1986, the Ford LTD nameplate made its last hurrah on the fox body platform as a sedan and wagon. The sedan weighed in at a relatively svelte curb weight of 3000 lbs. Ford made a performance LX version of the car that came fitted with an uprated suspension and 5.0 V8. Today’s car takes […]
The Mercury Zephyr (not to be confused with the California Zephyr, British Ford Zephyr or pre-war Lincoln Zephyr) was produced as a sedan, coupe and the uniquely styled Z7 coupe. The roof treatment is ostensibly an homage to the 1950 Ford Crown Victoria, but looks to us like an El Camino with a truncated truck […]
The 3rd generation Fox-body Mustang needs little or no introduction to most American muscle fanatics living human beings, but perhaps a refresher is in order. Ford replaced the funky shaped Mustang II in 1979 with the Fox-body, and returned Mustang proportions to its previous long-hood/short rear end setup. The early Foxes had quad headlights, with […]
Ford sure got a lot of mileage out of the Fox platform, pumping out the same basic car under dozens of different nameplates, shapes, and trim levels starting in 1979. They managed to keep this pony alive and kicking for more than two decades, if you count the SN95 evolution form 1993-2004. But the earliest […]
If you are a Ford purist, you may want to skip this article. The ubiquitous Chevy LS engine has a way to finding its way into just about any car brand/model with four wheels. Seeing that DT readers take to engine swaps like bees do to honey we have today’s featured pony car with a […]