A recent article on the website Cargurus.com titled Could That Used Car Be a Classic Car? got me thinking. The article itself points to the Dodge Viper and the Honda CRX as examples of used cars that have become classics. This got me thinking about one of the cars from my high school days. The bad boy on the street that most teen age boys not only lusted after but most could also afford. The third generation Ford Mustang fox body (specifically 1987-1993).
While the base model 4 cylinder model wasn’t exactly tearing up the streets, the LX and GT models could be had with the very stout 5.0 liter V8. With a reported 225 horsepower and 300 ft/lbs. of torque (yeah slightly exaggerated and it was actually 4.9L but back then who cared?) it was a lot of power for it’s time packed into a smallish car.
Now back to the article that got me thinking in the first place. The author suggests a few general rules to determine whether a vehicle qualifies as a classic:
“In my mind a classic car has to be at least a decade old, have proven itself in at least one specific niche and be slowly rising in value. The car was probably produced in low numbers, or the design was especially beautiful, or it performed like no other car prior.”
Let’s score our little Mustang based on those criteria:
Age: Reminding myself that yes high school was in fact 25 years or so ago, put a check box in the 10+ year old column. 1 Point
Niche: Was there any other car of that time that reminded us all more what a muscle car should be? 1 Point
Rising Value: The fox body mustangs with the 5.0L engine have been steadily rising in value over the last several years, with prime examples selling in the $10,000 range. 1 Point
Beauty: Meh.. OK so they kinda looked like Ford Escorts on steroids but beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? .5 Points?
Unique Performance: Compared to most any car that could be had brand new for under $15,000 on the road at the time, the V8 Mustangs certainly were in a performance class of their own. 1 Point
Numbers…. yes that is the stumbling block isn’t it? The official production numbers from Ford for the 1987-1993 Mustangs were just a few dozen shy of a bazillion as I recall. 0 Points - no negatives points possible, sorry
4.5 out of 6 isn’t bad at all. Imagine a 750 batting average in baseball. Beyond Hall of Fame numbers!
So we encourage you to add the third generation 5.0L Ford Mustangs to your list of classic cars. And just think, this is one classic that, just like in your teenage years, you can not only lust over once again, but you can also afford.
What cars do you remember from your younger days that you would consider a classic?