This 1979 Ford Mustang is on Craigslist for $3,500. The seller mentions that the price was just reduced from $6,500! That’s quite a reduction, not $6,000 or even $5,000 to test the waters before going down to $3,500? This has to be one of the best bargains that I’ve seen in a while. But, I think that about every vehicle.. This car is located in Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’s neighborhood: the South Side of Chicago.
Isn’t this one crisp, clean Mustang? 1979 was the first year for the third-generation Mustang using the Fox platform, which we all know and love (heavy on the love) (come on!) from the Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr. This is the notchback, but a hatchback body style was also available. Both were available in base trim or Ghia, which was more luxurious. I personally like wheel covers and cars like this, just basic vehicles that people bought and used, not the uber-hyped ultra-rare factory hot rods that roll across the stage at auction after auction until we all believe that most people actually drove Hemi Cudas and Shelby Mustangs to pick up milk and bread.
This car looks like it’s in great condition, but is that paint work next to the wheel in this photo? And, in this photo of the bottom of the door? That’s the beauty of white or black vehicles, the paint match is usually pretty simple to master. It looks like the hood may be out of adjustment in the photo above, or is that just me being to critical? It looks like the rockers have been repaired and/or repainted, but I could be wrong. This Mustang looks pretty good, though, even though it’s not the rip-roarin’ monster V8-powered tire-burner that most folks are looking for. If you can find one of those for $3,500 you’re pretty lucky.
The interior looks good with maybe a bit of fading on the carpet, and there’s the 800-pound elephant in the room: the automatic transmission. a 4 or 5-speed manual would have been nice to see, but a lot of folks are looking for automatics in cars. The interior could use a thorough cleaning, but couldn’t we all.
This car has the 3.3L inline-six with around 85 hp. It isn’t a 302 V8, which is a bummer. If it would have been a 302 car with a 5-speed it wouldn’t be $3,500, though. We take what we can get and work with it. What are your thoughts on this tight, white Mustang? How about that price drop?