Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
January 22, 2019

When it comes to cars, we all have those models that are special to us. Usually it’s the cars the first hooked you that stick with you forever. Just like the music of your youth still holds a special place, those automotive memories will remain as well.

That is definitely the case for this scribe. The car bug bit hard in the early ’80s and the Fox Mustang (and its Mercury Capri cousin) was the alpha machine on the streets. Having grown up through the heyday of the 5.0 Mustang, these cars always bring the nostalgia gushing back, especially when they are clean, unmodified examples.

Yeah, modded cars are fun to drive, but when it comes to remembering these Mustangs when they were new, the stockish examples always stand out. These are also the cars that tend to bring big money on the auction block.

We recently hit the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, which fills most corners of the Osceola Heritage Park with all manner of cool automobiles and automobilia. If you have never been to one of these major auctions, they are like going to a giant car show, but one that you can buy the show cars on the spot if you have the means. Even just as a spectator, they are a lot of fun to attend, so you never know what you will find.

Among the hundreds upon hundreds of cars up for sale was a strong representation of Ford cars and trucks. There were classics and modern machines, many of which you can scope out in the gallery below, it was the Foxes that this writer got most excited about. As such, we picked five of our favorites at the event, and here they are in descending order…

5. 1987 Mustang McLaren Convertible
This droptop was not stock, thanks to the Cobra R-style wheels and hood, but it is quite rare. One of the breed of McLaren Foxes this 1987 convertible is said to be one of only 479 built and a rare example with an auto transmission option. It was clean and the interior was in solid shape given the car’s age. That said, however, this red car only brought $4,950 on the block.

4. 1985 Mustang GT Convertible
Finding the older Foxes in great shape is getting tougher. If you are a fan of the carbureted versions, this white convertible is an example of the last in the breed and it purportedly only has 4,900 miles on the clock. It looks pretty much like it rolled off the dealer lot save for the continuity error of those five-spoke Pony wheels. That said, the original wheels and Gatorback tires are part of the deal on this one-owner machine. It is also supplied with plenty of documentation, including the window sticker and a Marti report. It was projected to sell for as much as $17,500

3. 1979 Mustang Indy Pace Car
As the earliest Foxes go, few are more desirable than the 1979 Mustangs built to mimic that year’s Indianapolis 500 pace cars. Sporting unique bodywork, Recaro seats, and Pace Car markings, these cars set the stage for later Foxes, like the 1982 Mustang GT. This example is optioned with a sunroof and hound’s-tooth interior. It was in stunningly stock-appearing condition and projected to yield up to $15,000 on the block.

2. 1988 Mustang GT
If there’s a particular option that your author has a soft spot for, it’s T-tops. Only available for a short run, these removable roof panels may have squeaked and leaked, but they let drivers enjoy hardtop looks in open-air style. Because of its foibles, the option faded away early in the 1988 model year, and this GT is one of the rare examples so optioned. The 3,500-mile, two-tone machine is in great shape, and optioned up with all of the creature comforts available during that era.

1. 1980 Cosworth Capri
There was no doubt as to our favorite Fox at Mecum. It was this one-of-one, 468-mile Cosworth Capri. Your author had never laid eyeballs on one of these, and it was in immaculate condition. Featuring all-steel body mods by Ron Fournier, this Fox road racer is propelled by a DOHC 1.6-liter BDA Cosworth engine wearing dual Weber carburetors and back by a ZF five-speed manual transmission. It featured all manner of documentation and was projected to take in as much as $90,000.

Of course, this list is completely subjective, so you might have other 1979-1993 Mustangs that you prefer, and that is totally cool. And, if for some reason Fox Mustangs aren’t your jam, then be sure to peep all the cool Blue Oval hardware in the photo gallery.

Links
5. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0119-355914/1987-ford-mustang-asc-mclaren-convertible/
4. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0119-358332/1985-ford-mustang-gt-convertible/
3. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0119-357918/1979-ford-mustang-pace-car-edition/
2. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0119-355321/1988-ford-mustang/
1. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0119-359470/1980-mercury-cosworth-capri/

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