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!
Look, I get it. Somebody out there loves the Mustang II. Possibly more than one person. But the Mustang II was such a kick in the nuts to the Pony car lover when it was released in 1974. People try and sugar coat it — oh, it was the right car for the right time, but let’s not mix metaphors here. It was the worst Mustang of all time (at least until the Mach-E.) And don’t try to confuse the fact that enthusiasts put the Mustang II rack and pinion (and other M2 parts) into many hot rods — it’s not like any mother ever said “I love my son, he’ll make a great organ donor some day.” No…the Mustang II could be nuked from the history of the automobile and we’d all be better for it…but…BUT…if I had to drive a Mustang II…gun-to-my-head…I’d drive this next thing. Find this 1977 Ford Mustang II with 351W offered for $12,500 in Milford, WA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car sounds too good to be true. It is a 65 Mustang sold by the seller’s mother (who is unfortunately too sick to drive, so the car sat) and it looks straight and intact. Unfortunately, it is a low spec inline-6 with an automatic, but it’ll be faster than any Volkswagen from 1965 and it is certainly worth more than the asking price with a wash/wax and some elbow grease. This is 1999 pricing for a “barn find” ’65 Mustang, so it is probably already gone. Find this 1965 Ford Mustang offered for $5000 in Woodstock, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The world as changed a great deal in the past 6 months. Buying habits, selling habits, living habits, hygiene habits …just about everything has changed in some fashion due to the coronavirus, except for the awesomeness of a Wagonstang. Because a first generation Mustang converted into a sedan delivery vehicle transcends even the worst plague of the 21st Century. It isn’t in the best shape, but it’s not like Mustang Shooting Brakes are easy to find. Find this 1966 Ford Mustang Wagon offered for $8900 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Fueltruck.
Classic car prices are always fluctuating, and for many various reasons, instead of slow appreciating with time, classics seem get a bump from cheap to expensive that happens overnight to the joy of sellers and detriment of buyers. But sometimes you can find a car that appears to have been priced without the recent bump factored in — as if the car is presented through a warp hole or time jump…and I am always happy to feature those cars, even if they might be from a dirty scammer. This next car is a rarified LX Fox Mustang with a 5.0 V8 and a manual gearbox — and it looks wicked. Find this 1987 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 offered for $6,500 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Panoz Roadster was launched in 1992 as an American interpretation of Colin Chapman’s legendary Lotus 7. If Chapman said “simplify, then add lightness”, then Don Panoz said “simplify, then add a Mustang V8.” The Roadster (later called the AIV Roadster) used Ford Mustang running gear, and powertrain installed in a welded steel chassis (the Aluminum Intensive Vehicle version later replaced the steel with aluminum for additional weight reduction). The end result was a 2571 lb Roadster with 240 horsepower 5.0 V8 (later upgraded to 305 horsepower with the 4.6 DOHC V8) and super car performance… at least super car performance for 1993 and a crazy price tag…at least usually. Today we’ve got a cheap example offered for a reasonable sum considering the rarity and cool factor. Find this 1993 Panoz Roadster offered for $25,000 in Dublin, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The fifth generation S197 Mustang was launched in 2005 with well executed retrostyle platform that was the baseline for future Mustang style. Later restyles (mid-cycle restyle in 2011 and generation change in 2015) added additional toughness and horsepower and width and girth to the Mustang…but I think the S197 is the cleanest looking of the post 2005 Mustangs (and I’m not even going to touch the subject of the horrible Mach-E abomination). The design was clean and simple in the V6 models, but got some fancy wings and junk in the V8 GT trim, unless you got the limited Bullitt edition from 2008 or 2009. The Bullitt package was an appearance and power package available only on GT models in dark highland green (or black) and added some serious Steve McQueen cool to the S197. Find this 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt offered for $12,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
This next car puts a smile on my face because it combines most of the desirable traits in a used car into one cool blue package. First, it is sold by the original owner — the guy/gal who purchased it new from the dealer typically (maybe not always) keeps it nicer than the third owner who got it on loan from his uncle and parks it near other cars in parking lots (yes…I am an admitted far-end-of-the-lotter). Next, this car has had the asking price in maintenance/upgrades invested into it in the past few years and it is immaculately clean inside and out. Finally, it comes with a thorough description and pics and videos from the seller. Find this 1995 Ford Mustang GT offered for $14,900 in Palm Springs, CA via eBay.
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.
You know those riddles that start with a question like; what has four legs in the morning, two in the…yes, those. I’ve got one for you: What has Mini Cooper headlights, Jaguar S-Type front grill, fenders from a Dr Seuss illustration, and tail lights from a Volvo XC90? Haha, stumped eh? If you got this right…you probably need help. Find this 1996 Ford Mustang Six Ten Sabre offered for $29,900 buy-it-now or make offer located in Sunnyvale, CA via eBay.