10,000-mile Survivor! 1991 Ford Mustang 5.0

Since it was introduced in 1964 (and a half, but that’s another story), the Ford Mustang has defined an entire class of vehicle and driver. Originally marketed as a sporty version of an economy car (the Falcon), it appealed to the cost-conscious buyer who was tired of the same old commuter. Over time, though, Ford realized they could put a V-8 in it, and created something entirely new. This idea was honed over the years, and soon enough the Mustang GT became an icon of American muscle. You can find this 1991 “Fox body” example here on eBay.

Finished in a beautifully peaceful shade of blue over gray cloth, the engine bay hides a 5.0 V-8 engine, pushing 225 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The seller states it only has 10,000 miles on it, and it shows. The car looks like brand new, and I would expect it to drive as well as it looks. The new owner has plenty of standing burnouts ahead of them.

Underneath looks positively clean of rust. The picture the seller includes shows the catalytic converter, which is a good thing that it still has it. I remember just recently there was a rash–seemingly everywhere–of people stealing those things from just about any car that had them. Of course, a catless exhaust system is a common modification people will do to their cars, too. Can an emissions inspector ever really know for sure whether it was stolen or if it was intentionally removed by the owner?

The inside is as immaculate as the rest of the car, finished in positively ‘90s gray patterned cloth seats with vinyl sides on the front buckets. The plastic looks free of cracks, and you can see the gear lever, confirming its status as a manual. And if there’s one thing that instantly makes any car better, it’s the presence of a proper three-pedal gearbox. One of the things that makes the Fox body so special is that it could be optioned as a hatchback–like this one. No longer will you have to sacrifice practicality for your midlife crisis. Sure, the contemporary Corvette was also a hatchback, but the Mustang is cheaper. And arguably better-looking. Certainly cheaper to insure, and the Mustang gave you a back seat so you could cart your family around. Who needs a minivan when you have a 5.0?

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Comments

  1. jerry z

    It’s amazing the prices on these cars now. Yes it has only 10K miles but guessing it will shoot closer to $30K.

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  2. Mikefromthehammer

    Nice little pony.

    In my jurisdiction, before it passes a safety it must have the catalytic converter, so having it still in place is a big savings. It is quite common here for thieves to steal the converters for the rare metals (platinum mostly) that they can easily convert to cash. I refer to them as retail socialists.

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    • Claudio

      I refer to them as thieves.

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      • Mikefromthehammer

        @Claudio. I do to, but I was referring to them above in a humorous vein. I guess I should have used a smiley after my comment? 😃

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  3. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Excellent Fox Body. I wonder how long the current owner has had it; if he is the one who changed the belts and battery, the original ones are worth points if this car was to be shown as Unrestored at Mustang Club of America events. Has the to-be-expected saggy door pockets. Could be a show car or a fun cruiser. Will bring big bucks.

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  4. Vance

    My first car was an 1987 Mustang GT. I checked every box except the automatic trans. Was given an 8-10 week window for it to be built. After 7 weeks I started to call the dealer, I know there would be a scheduled build date. The guy kept ignoring my calls, and I knew he was lying. Went down to the dealership, and demanded to know where my first new car was. He finally relented , and said I needed to come in. He gave me some lame excuse that he had filled out the order wrong.I had ordered the car through my Brother who was an Ford employee. They had sold my car and then tried to sell me a turbo Thunder chicken. I was 6′ 3″ 245 lbs, I picked up the guy by his throat and told him he had 3 minutes to give me my 3k back. Got my money, and drove 45 miles to another dealer. There wasn’t 1 day that I started that car and didn’t smile.

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  5. Ronald Simpson

    Yea Ben. Over time Ford realized……LOL….BTW….The “New” class of car created was called “Pony Car”…. AND….The V-8’s were available, and sold well, on DAY ONE. The first year mustang, later called the 1964½, was available in two models: the coupe and the convertible. Both of these models featured lengthened hoods and shorter rear decks than the prototypes, also chrome wrap-around bumpers and grilles with a running hose, and full wheel covers. Both the coupe and the convertible were available with a 170 cid 101 horsepower 6 cylinder engine, a 260 2-V 164 horsepower V-8, a 289-4V 210 horsepower V-8, and beginning in June, a powerful 4 barrel, solid lifter, 289 cid 271 horsepower V-8 engine.

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    • Terrry

      A running hose? That’ll drive up the water bill!

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      • Ronald Simpson

        LOL Terry. I just saw that! Not misspelled, but very bad form during our California drought!

  6. JWH

    10,000 miles or not, dollars to donuts it will need a heater core.

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    • Jwzg

      Much truth to this statement there is.

      Like 4
  7. jnard90 jnard90 Member

    Awesome color combo.

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  8. Mikefromthehammer

    On July 28 the seller listed a number of answers to questions he had been asked. This is much appreciated and thoughtful on his part.

    One of them though: “Has a small tear in eyelet from transport tie down being over tightened only cosmetic and prob take 15 minutes to fix! just needs a 1 inch weld, ground down and touch up! pic attached!” can someone confirm that it is the second last picture that he is referring to? I’m pretty sure it is, however, I want to make sure I did not miss the damage in another picture.

    • jerry z

      There are two areas were the sheetmetal underneath was torn. Also noticed that the blue stripe the goes around the beltline was removed which I’m goung to say about 90% of Mustang did to there cars.

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      • Mikefromthehammer

        Thanks, Jerry.

  9. t-bone BOB

    Ended:
    Aug 02, 2021
    Winning bid:
    US $25,200.00
    [ 50 bids ]

    Located in:
    O’Fallon, Illinois

  10. Steve S

    I was looking at a 90 mustang that had 50k miles on it. It was black and gray two tone with a 5 speed manual transmission. I was going to buy the car but the used dealership it was at traded it for a different car right before I got my inheritance money. The car didn’t need any work done to it except to fix 2 small rust spots above 2 of the wheel wells. I was going to pull the 302 and the transmission out and beef up the frame for a 429 scj with a supercharger and dual 4 barrel carburetors and a 4 speed manual transmission and tub the rear end a little bit maybe.

  11. Sarah Marossy Member

    Well, this barn find turned out with a great surprise I thought work sharing! I am the actual purchaser of this particular Mustang posted on August 1st. Drove this beauty home and started going through the car immediately. Unknown to seller (and me, the buyer)…..hidden under the right passenger seat tucked up by upholstery springs were all of the original owner’s manuals, Ford dealer paperwork, invoices, maintenance records, owner warranty cards, extra set of keys and window sticker. I feel like I won the barn find lottery!!! The holy grail of treasures for a low miles survivor like this car. I’m on cloud nine! I can’t believe these documents haven’t seen the light of day since 1991. A true time capsule indeed!

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