Jim Smart
April 1, 2000
Contributers: Jeff Ford Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives
Though Ford was about to do away with the GT, the Mustang still had "the look," especially when dressed out in convertible form.

Quick Facts: The '83 GT was simply-in some respects-an updated and refinement of the GT in 1982. Ford incorporated its Boss moniker in the '83 sales brochure and gave the GT two pages of the booklet. Ford also slapped on a 4V Holley carburetor for the first time in 12 years. This and some exhaust refinements brought the numbers up to 175 base horsepower.

The T5 five-speed became available in December 1982, and Ford ditched the SROD (single rail overdrive) four-speed-finally! Power and therefore performance began to climb with the advent of the four-barrel carb. Although the GT couldn't whip up on the legends yet, it was well on its way.

Ford hung on to the TRX suspension with a death grip. Although it was a good idea, the recommended TRX tires were expensive and available only from Michelin. Folks grumbled about the cost and the idea of being forced to buy a specific tire.

'84 GT Package
Body Styles: Hatchback, convertible

Body: Foglamps (in bumper), rear spoilers (except on convertible, and slightly revised from the '83), chrome dual-tip single exhaust that exited on the driver side. Blackout applied to the hood, GT badging in the blackout. GT badging in the body side moldings and on the decklid. Available only in Medium Red, Bright Red, Black, Silver, Oxford White, and Medium Charcoal. New colors for the '83 were Medium Canyon Red Glow, Light Desert Tan, and Copper Glow.

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

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

The GT got all the goodies that the Mach 1 carried, but in a more subtle style-even the 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air was available.

Transmission: Five-speed (short throw shifter), Automatic overdrive (AOD).

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger sway bar up front as well as a rear sway bar-see the '83) and TRX 390mm wheels that used special Michelin 190/65R 390TRX tires.

Rear Gear: 2.73 (standard), 3.08 (optional), 3.27 on AOD-equipped cars. All engines were still backed with a 7.5-inch differential. This began to show its weakness as power was applied.

Quick Facts: The '84 was quickly moving into the modern GT that we know today. In some respects, though, it seems that Ford was taking a breather just before the introduction of the main event. Most of the things that go to make the '84 GT were refinements of the two previous years.

The biggest addition was the automatic overdrive that was loosely based on the C6. This slush box would become the only available automatic in the Mustang from this year to 1994 when the 4R70W became available.

The thing we noticed that was rather cool was the 3.27 Traction-Lok that you could order behind the five-speed. Interestingly, this configuration went on hiatus after 1984 and was not seen again until the '99 model.

'85 GT Package
Body Styles: Hatchback, convertible

New things were afoot for the Mustang in 1982.

Body: Foglamps (in bumper), rear spoiler (except on convertible), stainless steel dual exhaust (well, not really-it was dualed after the catalytic converter). Blackout applied to the hood, GT badging in the blackout. GT badging in the body side moldings and on the decklid. Available only in Medium Red, Bright Red, Black, Silver, Oxford White, and Medium Charcoal. Light Regatta Blue was a new color.

Interior: Standard Ford Sport seats. Colors were gray or beige with red piping, while red with gray piping became available in late 1985.Politically correct 85-mph speedo.

Engine: 4V 5.0 H.O. V-8, CFI 5.0 H.O. V-8 (AOD only, 180 hp).

Transmission: Five-speed, automatic overdrive (AOD).

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger 1.3-inch sway bar up front as well as a 0.83-inch rear sway bar), 10-hole 15x7-inch wheel.

Rear Gear: 3.08, 3.27 on AOD-equipped cars. All engines were backed with a 7.5-inch differential.