Jim Smart
April 1, 2000
Contributers: Jeff Ford Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives
The top engine for 1967 was the 390 4V. Although it lacked the desired power, it sold quite well.

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, 71/48-inch sway bar up front), 12-slot Styled Steel wheels. The 390 4V and 428 Cobra Jet required front disc brakes as a mandatory option.

Rear Gear: 2.75, 3.00, 3.25, 3.50 3.91, and 4.30. Note that all engines were backed with a 9-inch differential. Available in conventional and the new-for-'69 Traction-Lok differential.

Quick Facts: Just as in the previous two years, the GT was available with a 2V carb on the base engine, though now that engine was a 351.

Disc brakes were still an option-and a mandatory one on the 390 and 428. The spiffy wheels were still around and you also received hood click pins.

When you ordered the 428 CJ, you would get the new shaker ram air-once again an industry first and a first in the regular-production Mustang. The ram-air 428 also came with the blacked-out hood when ordered.

Standard stripe colors remained from the previous year, but Ford deleted the reflective group. For a time, this was to be the last GT. Ford didn't seem to want or need it around to sell high performance, what with the Boss cars, Mach 1s, and Shelbys. It was obvious how Ford felt, too. Barely one third of the third to the last page in the sales brochure was taken up with GT stuff. Compare that to the '68 brochure, which packed a lot of info into a full page and eight photos.

'82 GT Package
Body Style: Hatchback

Body: Foglamps (in the bumper), rear spoiler, nonfunctional hoodscoop, chrome dual-tip single exhaust that exited on the driver side. The GT was available only in Medium Red, Red, Black, and Silver.

Interior: Standard interior available only in red or black with blacked-out gauge panel. Optional Recaro bucket seats. Politically correct 85-mph speedo.

Engine: 2V 5.0 H.O. V-8

Transmission: Four-speed (standard)

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger sway bar up front as well as a rear sway bar), TRX 390mm wheels that used special Michelin 190/65R 390TRX tires.

Rear Gear: 3.08. All engines were backed with a 7.5-inch differential. Available in conventional (standard) and Traction-Lok differential.

The big news was the April 1st introduction of the 428 Cobra Jet.

Quick Facts: In 1982 the GT was back in force. Now the car sported the optional 5.0 H.O., and had 157 horses beating on the hood. With this entry, Ford showed a marked commitment to performance, and generated the excitement necessary to catapult the Mustang into a new performance era.

Ford also attacked the market with a mixed metaphor in the "Boss is back" campaign. Of course, the 1982 version of the Boss is a GT and, at least in '82 trim, couldn't catch a Boss 302 in anything but a handling battle. Many of the old-line Mustang faithful pooh-poohed this and shook their heads collectively at Ford's idea of a Boss. However, things were destined to change in the coming years.

'83 GT Package
Body Styles: Hatchback, convertible

Body: Foglamps (in bumper), rear spoiler (except on convertible), nonfunctional hoodscoop, chrome dual-tip single exhaust that exited on the driver side, blackout applied to the hood over the scoop, GT badging in the blackout, and GT badging in the body side moldings and on the decklid. The GT was available only in Medium Red, Bright Red, Black, Silver, Polar White, and Medium Charcoal.

Interior: Standard interior available in black or red with blacked-out gauge panel. Optional Ford Sport seats that would, in one version or another, stay with the GT until 1993. Politically correct 85-mph speedo.

Engine: 4V 5.0 H.O. V-8, 2.3 Turbo inline four.

Transmission: four-speed, five-speed as of December 1982.

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, large 1.125-inch sway bar up front as well as a 0.79-inch rear sway bar), TRX 390mm wheels that used special Michelin 190/65R 390TRX tires.

Rear Gear: 3.08. All engines were backed with a 7.5-inch differential. Traction-Lok differential standard.