It’s a sign of getting old that the cars that were new when I got my driver’s license are now collectible! When the Fox-body Mustang was introduced in 1979, replacing the largely unloved Mustang II, it offered what was then a new level of performance for a Mustang. Enthusiasts were excited at the availability of a turbocharged 4-cylinder in addition to the venerable 302 V-8, as well as the Michelin TRX performance tire system. The most exciting of all was the commemorative Indy Pace Car edition, with real Recaro seats and many unique features. This largely original, preserved since new car is located in Nixa, Missouri and is up for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $14,900 but lower bids being accepted.
The seller has improved the condition of the car over the past three years since purchasing it from the original owner’s niece, but kept it as original as possible. While they do report resprayed tops of the front fenders and an issue with the transmission popping out of third gear under load, the rest of the car appears to be in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition.
One would presume the model displayed on the air cleaner comes with the car; I remember building a kit back in 1980 as soon as one came out, and it makes a nice touch when displaying the car. The under hood appearance of the 302 V-8 is phenomenal, and the seller has since replaced the generic battery shown here with a new replica of the original Motorcraft one. Attention to detail like that is probably part of the reason the car has taken some best-of-show wins recently.
The interior looks as nice as the exterior, although if I were planning on driving the car much I’d get a spare set of wheels with new tires; those are an original set of TRX tires on the car right now! You can also see a large collection of items related to the car in the hatch area, hopefully those are included as well. I hope this pony survivor finds someone who appreciates the effort spent on keeping it so nice. My only problem is that I’d want to drive the car too much–how do you feel about survivors like this one?