Rare examples of Fox Body Mustang at Barrett-Jackson


If you’re a fan of the Fox-Body Mustang you’ll want to keep an eye on the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction this week as the largest and most desirable collection of the pony cars ever will be crossing the block.

Starting today, a who’s who of 1980’s and 1990’s Ford Mustangs go on sale in Scottsdale from low mile factory fresh examples from a private collection to one of the hottest Mustangs you could buy in 1989, the Saleen SSC.

Having owned a brand new 1989 Mustang LX 5.0 back in the day, it’s hard to imagine these cars making it to collector car status today. What makes the cars rolling across the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this year a rarity is as much the fact that most of these cars were modded into the ground by racers as the fact that if we’re honest they didn’t last that long on the road.

While these cars have always held a high value to those that love them, their performance on the block at Scottsdale will be a true test to see if these cars have truly risen to collector car states.

239-1An Arizona and New Mexico car, a 1989 Saleen SSC (Lot #239) comes with a 5.0 V8 with a 5-speed manual. Almost 30 years old, the car remains nearly new in terms of use with only 7,970 miles on the clock.

The custom leather Recaro seats still look fresh as the two owner car has spent most of its life garaged and covered. Comes with original factory paperwork from where it was purchased at Kingman Ford in Arizona.

400-1A very rare find is a 1983 Mustang (Lot #400) convertible. Though it looks it with the added TRX wheels, the car is not a GT but a well optioned 3.8 liter V6 engined car with 8,987 actual miles.

The first year the Mustang convertible returned it shows off the early eighties well with a white on white interior and full power accessories. Considered a survivor car, all mechanicals and finishes are original.

400.3-1Iconic of the era is this sleeper styled 1989 LX 5.0 Hatchback (Lot #400.3) As the ads said, “225 horses are bound to kick something”.

A rare red over red paint and interior treatment looks like new because it is. The car was stored away and wrapped in plastic the moment it came home un-prepped from the dealership and still has factory sticker and markings all over it in spit of having 638 miles on the clock.

400.5-2Another time capsule from the same collection of above is this “7 Up Limited Edition” LX convertible (Lot #400.5) was also stored away since new with all plastic, stickers and markings in tact.

The deep emerald green over white leather interior remains as eye catching today as it did 17 years ago. With only 16 original miles, it’s likely one of a kind in terms of condition and comes with a trunk full of documentation and memorabilia to support the car. Under the hood of course is a 5.0 V8 and a 4-speed automatic.

400.6-5The year 1993 brought the last of the limited edition Fox Mustang convertibles, this a triple white Limited Edition LX (Lot #400.6). With the same white over white interior as the 7 Up cars it features special embroidered touches inside and white wheels for a complete monotone look.

Under the hood is a 5.0 V8 and 5-speed manual, and this car like the rest from this collection remains un-prepped from the dealer with window sticker and only 165 miles on the clock.

400.7-4Likely the most interesting car to watch will be the 1985 Mustang SVO (Lot #400.7). Way ahead of its time in the era, its 2.3 liter turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine and European theme was a play toward a different buyer than the 5.0 V8 powered GT.

The first Fox Mustang with five-lug wheels and four-wheel disc brakes, the SVO didn’t last long in showrooms or on the road so a rare example like this one with only 7 miles on the odometer should fetch well.

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