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Time capsule: A true one owner 1989 Mustang LX
When anyone asks this author what year Fox Mustang should they buy, one of my first answers is a 1989 model. The 1989 5.0 Fox was the first for mass air, unless you find a California-sold 1988, which also featured a mass air meter. The 1989 5.0-liter still had good pistons, and the airbag wouldn’t arrive until the 1990 model, so you still have a tilt wheel, as well. Sure, the Pony wheel makes the case for the 1991-1993 models, but for 1993, Ford replaced the engine’s forged pistons with hypereutectic pistons, and the horsepower rating for the 1993 model also dropped to 205 horsepower.
Granted, every Fox Mustang is great, and we’re splitting hairs here, but one person who thought 1989 was the perfect year to buy a Mustang is Alex Markou.
Just 17 years old at the time, he worked his butt off to get enough of a down payment, but because of his age, the car had to be in his dad’s name. Plus, Alex’s dad Mike worked at Ford’s engine plant 1 where they built the 5.0-liter engine, so he was able to get the car at an A-plan price. He didn’t wait long to start modifying the car, and once he turned 18, Alex transferred the car into his name.
The mod list centers on the popular additions of the day. He added Ford Performance GT40X turbo swirl heads, Crane 1.72 roller rockers, an E303 cam, a Cobra intake, 24-lb/hr injectors, a Cobra mass air meter, and March underdrive pulleys. For exhaust, BBK Performance ceramic-coated headers exit through to an X-pipe and Flowmaster mufflers, both of which were Jet-Hot coated. Alex polished and chromed many components under the hood before they were available through the aftermarket.
“The cars has 34,000-miles on it, and only been in rain a handful of times,” Alex says. “I’ve had over 100 Mustangs, but this one will never be sold. It has too much sentimental value being my first Mustang, and the fact that my father helped me get it,” he adds. Alex takes a picture of his kids with the car each year on their birthday to show how fast they’re growing up. “One day they will own it,” he says.
Is it too late for Alex to adopt us?!