Miles Cook
April 1, 2004
Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives

The newest Fox-body Mustang is now more than 10 years old. Sobering thought, eh? Yes, time marches on and, with a totally redesigned Mustang on the horizon, the Fox-body generation of cars is gaining more status as a collectible-at the least special models like the '93 Cobra/Cobra R and LX 5.0 convertibles we're detailing here.

Commonly known as "feature cars," these 5.0 ragtops are distinguished by their colors, special interior details, and unique wheels. Since they were made in relatively limited quantities from the start, their importance as a legitimately collectible Mustang has always been ensured. Whatever they may or may not be, they're certainly colorful and their appeal will never be questioned. The clean LX styling and now-classic 5.0 power make for a great car to have in the Mustang hobby.

All the details we could drum up from owners, books, and the Internet are combined in the following examination. To summarize, the cars (all LX 5.0 convertibles) are: a '90 in Deep Emerald Jewel Green Metallic; a '92 in Vibrant Red; a '93 in Canary Yellow, and another '93 in Vibrant White.

Speaking of 5.0 power, these cars are special Mustangs in their own right, but are mechanically identical to any other Fox-body 5.0 GT or LX. That is, the drivetrains, suspensions, steering, brakes, and all other mechanical bits are exactly the same as those found in their less colorful cousins, and performance is the same as standard 5.0s.

'90 "7-Up"The green cars were Ford's first crack at making a distinctive feature car that was separate from other 5.0 LX and GT models. At that point, we were still three years away from seeing the '93 Cobra, so it was as unusual a Mustang as you could get. What separated this car from all other Fox-body cars was it came equipped with the 15x7-inch turbine-style wheels that, until that point, were used only on the '87-'90 GT.

Also unique to these cars was their tie-in with a 7-Up/NCAA basketball promotion that ended up being a stillborn idea. Although it never happened, the cars were still made. The 7-Up Bottling Company was going to give away 30 of the cars at the '90 NCAA basketball finals. In an audience-participation contest, anyone sinking a basket from center court with one try would drive home one of the cars. At the last minute, the contest was canceled with no real explanation. For that reason, these green '90s are also known as "7-Up cars."

Production on the green cars started in December 1989, with only two built. Full production began on February 2, 1990, and the final car was built on May 29, 1990. The original plan was to build 5,000, although the final tally came in at 4,103.

The breakdown of the production numbers includes 2,743 automatics and 1,360 five-speeds. Reportedly, 261 cars were exported; most were believed to have gone to Canada.

Unique trim and appearance components on these green cars included the Deep Emerald Green Clearcoat Metallic Paint (paint code PA), color-keyed body-side moldings, fascia moldings and side-view mirrors, a white leather interior with sports seats and a white dashboard, a white convertible top, and the aforementioned 15x7-inch aluminum wheels taken from the GT parts bin.

This car's white leather interior, white dashpad, and white console combination was also unique among all Fox Mustangs. In 1991, convertibles were offered with the same green paint color and white leather interior, but they were built with a gray dashpad and gray console, and were equipped with the 16x7-inch star wheels found on all '91-'93 LX and GT 5.0s. For more on the 7-Up cars, visit http://90limited7up.stangnet.com.

Vibrant Red '92Taking a year off in 1991, Ford drummed up another feature car for the '92 model year. It was promoted as a "Summer Special," a unique LX convertible available only in Vibrant Red with a white top.