From 1974 to 1985 the muscle car scene in the United States was dismal at best. Cars where shadows of their former selves and manufacturers were more interested in marketing then performance. The dark ages of emissions control were still intact but thankfully the engineers and mad scientists behind the curtains were finally figuring out ways to bring back some old school muscle. By this point the Ford Mustang had been around for 20 years, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that Ford released the car the would bring muscle back into the mainstream. The Fox body Mustang had an amazing 14 year run and while overlooked for quite some time, collectors are finally giving these cars a serious look. During the mid-1980’s Ford had finally gotten the Mustang sorted out. Carburetors were replaced with fuel injection with the Mustangs interior treated to a new dash, door panels and seat coverings. Oh… and let us not forget that nifty little 5.0 badge on the side.
There were other muscle cars back then like the Chevrolet Camaro IROC and Monte Carlo SS, but they were always a bit in the Mustang’s shadow. My high school parking lot was filled with these things. Most were V6 models, but a few lucky kids managed to get their hands on either the full blow 225 hp 5.0-liter GT with the extra body cladding, or the stripped out LX, which was, in my book, the true performance car.
The Fox body Mustangs lasted from 1979 to 1993 and are a favorite amongst hot rod enthusiasts and tinkerers. The problem? Finding a clean unmolested one that hasn’t been hacked to pieces over the years by gaggles of teenage boys.