2022 12 28 Featured External Listing – 1989 Ford Mustang 5.0L V8
2022 12 28 Featured External Listing – 1989 Ford Mustang
Featured External Listing – No affiliation with CCC
Here, we have a 1989 Mustang Hatchback whose owner was probably so excited to list it that he left out some important details from his ad. The ad states that the car remains with the original owner and it has been treated to an appearance kit by DECH Motorsport. We are not sure if this car is a Mustang GT or a Mustang LX. The ad does state that the car is equipped with a 5.0L V8 – the only engine offered on the GT, an option on the LX. This car has the rear spoiler of a GT while possessing the tail lamps of an LX. Ground effects are similar to those of a GT but they are part of the DECH body kit. Wheels have been changed to a set of polished aluminum five-spokes and are not a “tell”, either.
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The paint gleams and is a refinish. The broad lengthwise stripes are a tribute to muscle cars from an earlier era and further accent the custom look. The tail lights in LX form are not tell-tale – it is a common modification for GT owners to put LX tails on their cars, over the somewhat controversially-styled “cheese grater” GT stock units. We note the absence of fog lamps and updated 5.0 badges on the fenders. There are also 25th anniversary badges but we think of these as more of a feature on the 1990 models, as with this car from the early days of CCC auctions (note photo #61). A couple of other items worth checking out are the original ownership as the licence plates photographed were issued in the past few years and the accident-free history, given that no Carfax is shown on the ad.
The interior looks good in the limited photographs offered. We would love to see more before making an appointment to see it. Prominently featured is the aftermarket Hurst shifter, to row through the factory 5-speed manual. We can also see the head unit, ad states that there is an audio system boasting 1000 watts of maximum power, we hope it was installed by a pro. Another aftermarket feature is the dark window tint.
The ad states that the engine has not been messed with. This would mean the venerable 5.0 litre V8 remains place, purveying 225 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The manual transmission hooks it to the rear wheels. The power train has propelled the car approximately 72,000 miles – it is interesting that the miles figure is quoted in the ad without mentioning if it is a US- or Canadian-market car. The former were built with five digit odometers, the Canadian-market examples came with six-digit odometers. All-new brakes and exhaust are quoted.