Happy St Valentine’s Day / Ash Wednesday Y’all: Whenever I see a Mercury Zephyr, I instantly start singing the old Hank Williams tune “California Zephyr.” You might think it is from the shared Zephyr name, but no. It is because to want one of these cars, you need to be old enough to appreciate the […]
From 1977 through 1993 the Ford Fox body platform had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. Today’s Fairmont might look like some kinda snoozefest, but it’s got […]
The Ford LTD (pronounced 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 […]
This next car is a strange mix of stuff to have in one vehicle, but before we get into the specifics, I learned something from this vehicle. The seller stated that it started life as a turbo-4 powered Mustang…and I thought, but the SVO didn’t come out until 1984 and it wasn’t a notchback, but I learned that Ford introduced a turbo-4 version of the Fox body in 1979 (or 1980) that made 132 horsepower. This might seem like a paltry amount of power to push around a Mustang, but the 255 cubic inch V8 from the same year made only 120 horsepower in stock trim…so nobody was going anywhere fast. But somewhere along the way this next car had all of that junk removed and it is powered by a tri-power (like what’d you find on an old Pontiac) carb fed small block Chevrolet V8. Find this 1980 Ford Mustang offered for $11,000 in North Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Our final feature for today’s Foxy Monday special comes from tipper Jeff who writes; Had multiple Fox bodies and still love them today. Seller refers to it being a “GT350” model which has something to do with the color i think? Nothing particularly special in that regard, but a sweet ride indeed. Find this 1989 Ford Mustang GT 350 offered for $19,500 in Haverhill, MA via craigslist.
Another feature of today’s Foxy Monday special. The later GT versions of the Fox Body Mustang with all of their aerodynamic body moldings and borderline Pontiacish side skirts almost seem ridiculous compared to the clean early LX notchbacks you can find. But, perhaps you need all of that aero trickery to keep this next supercharged beast glued to the pavement. With a Vortech supercharger and all kinds of roller-rockers and custom cylinder heads this next car will be quite the handful if you aren’t easy with the loud pedal. Enjoy that characteristic 5.0 exhaust howl. Find this 1992 Ford Mustang GT offered for $16,500 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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 […]