Jim Smart
April 1, 2000
Contributers: Jeff Ford Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives
The '86 GT changed little outwardly from the '85 model.

Rear Gear: The '87 had 2.73 (standard on five-speed), 3.08 (optional on five-speed), 2.73 standard on AOD-equipped cars, and 3.08 (optional on AOD-equipped cars). The '88 had 2.73 (standard on five-speed), 3.08 (optional on five-speed), 2.73 standard on AOD-equipped cars, and 3.27 (optional on AOD-equipped cars). All engines were backed with an 8.8-inch differential.

Quick Facts: The new-for-'87 GT was a definite departure from the previous years, but the car was basically the same. Most of the underpinnings were still the tried-and-true Fox chassis items.

The SEFI that Ford started with-the speed density system-was now showing its limitations on the racetrack and the street as the GT came into its own as a powerhouse. The '88 model year would be the last one before Ford switched over to the mass airflow air delivery system. Mass air was available only in California in 1988.

By the '87-'88 model year, the GT and 5.0 were coming into their own. The market showed this, and parts became more prevalent. The GT was almost there.

'89-'93 GT Package
Body Styles: Hatchback, convertible

The head that would hurt the heart. Ford thought it was a better idea. It wasn't.

Body: Foglamps (in bumper/air dam), unique rear spoiler (except on convertible) side skirts with GT badging, unique taillights and rear bumper cover, dual exhaust with turn-downs behind the bumper. Available only in Black, Silver, Oxford White, Medium Charcoal, Light Gray, Bright Red, Medium Cabernet Red, Medium Shadow Blue Metallic, and Dark Shadow Blue Metallic. Lower titanium paint was available, and added a titanium finish to the flanks of the GT from the beltline on down.

Interior: Standard Ford Sport seats. Available colors were red and gray. In 1990 Ford added black to the list and briefly removed the center armrest from all the Mustangs. Gray and white leather seats were still optional and Ford added black to its leather list in 1990. In 1990 the first Mustang to pack a 140-mph speedo in quite a while was seen.

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

All 5.0s were now injected. A mere shade of things to come.

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), turbine 15x7-inch wheel up to 1991. Ford then switched to the star-pattern 16x7 aluminum wheel.

Rear Gear: 2.73 (standard on five-speed), 3.08 (optional on five-speed), 2.73 standard on AOD-equipped cars, 3.27 (optional on AOD-equipped cars). All engines were backed with an 8.8-inch Traction-Lok differential.

Quick Facts: Let's face the facts. The GT was basically the same from 1989 to 1993. With that being said, it was still drawing a cult following that saw a burgeoning marketplace for parts to make it faster than stink and handle better than any 10-year-old chassis had a right to. During this time, the Mustang with its 5.0 H.O. had become a classic-not because of its looks, but because of its potential.

But by the end of 1993 it was over as far as new car sales were concerned. Why buy a brand-new GT when you could get essentially the same car that was a couple years older (read: cheaper), and had all the same parts and the same 225 horse engine? Apparently, a lot of buyers thought the same thing and sales in the last year of the Fox chassis were dismal on the whole at 98,640 units. GT sales were sliding as well. As they say, "Out with the old, in with the new.

The entire picture changed in 1987 when Ford gave us ground effects and special taillights.

'94-'95 GT Package
Body Styles: Coupe, convertible

Body: Foglamps (in bumper/air dam), unique pedestal-mount rear spoiler and GT badging, and dual exhaust with polished stainless exhaust tips. Once again-like the original-the car was available in the full Mustang color line.

Interior: New Ford Sport seats. Available colors were tan, black, and gray. Leather continued to be an upscale order item for the Mustang, but color choices were trimmed back to tan and black.

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

Transmission: Five-speed, new electronically controlled automatic over-drive (AODE).