25th Anniversary Car: 1989 Ford Mustang

This 1989 Ford Mustang GT is a 25th Anniversary edition model with under 40,000 original miles. These special editions featured some cosmetic enhancements in recognition of the model’s 25th birthday, but were otherwise standard-issue GT-spec. This example remains unmodified from new and has had some big-ticket maintenance items addressed recently. The seller notes the reason for the sale is due to a bad knee, which prevents the use of a manual transmission. Find it here on eBay with bids just under $12K and no reserve.

To me, this is the epitome of the 80s Mustang: hatchback body, rear spoiler, polished Pony wheels, and the full GT bodykit. Mind you, I like my Fox Bodies must plainer, in LX 5.0 notchback form, but I can appreciate what a proper Mustang GT should look like. The fact that this one has somehow escaped being modified – even with an aftermarket exhaust – is commendable, and the seller has done a nice job of keeping this one a respectable driver. He notes it draws a crowd at any show he attends.

The interior is in great shape, and I’m grateful to see the preferred manual gearbox inside. The 25th Anniversary cars were not over-loaded with special features, with a simple badge on the dash that denoted it was a 25th Anniversary model the only indication from the cabin that you were driving a tribute to the Mustang’s silver anniversary. The bucket seats are clean, and the door panels show no signs of aftermarket speaker installations gone wrong. The carpets look quite clean, as well.

Under the hood, a stock 5.0L V8 resides and benefits from recent repairs performed at the seller’s local Ford dealer. These include: a new steering rack, hoses and fittings; upper and lower intake gaskets; valve cover gaskets; PCV valve and filter; gas filter; oil change; and front end alignment. For a car that was likely already pretty buttoned up, these repairs should ensure years of trouble-free driving for the next owner. While I wouldn’t buy this car because it’s a 25th Anniversary model, I would buy it because it’s a super-clean Fox Body GT.

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Comments

  1. CCFisher

    If memory serves, there was no official 25th anniversary edition. There was a tri-bar running pony emblem with “25 YEARS” at the bottom on the dashboard, which leads many to believe that there was an anniversary model or an anniversary package. However, the emblem appeared on all Mustangs starting in spring, 1989 and continuing into the 1990 model year.

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    • Michael Leyshon Member

      Absolutely correct CC. Own a March 1989 production LX 5.0 Vert with no dash Logo. Also have an April 1990 LX 2.3 hatch which does have the “25” on the passenger side dash.

      There was NEVER any special acknowledgement by Ford for a 25th anniversary Mustang. I think well meaning folk see the plastic logo on the dash and think they have something rare or unique.

      Of the 1987-93 production, only the 1990 7-UP promo cars and the 1993 Cobra’s would be considered unique.

      Not cutting them down, love my generic Mustangs !

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  2. Moparman Member

    The 1993 LX posted later in the site, is more appealing to me. Even though they look basically unchanged, the add ons for the GT clutters its’ looks (IMO). :-)

  3. Arthell64 Member

    Looks like a good car for the money especially when compared to what sellers ask for rusted out 1960’s stangs. Turn key and drive.

  4. lc

    My 90 Mustang LX does not have a 25th anniversary logo on the passenger dash, and doesn’t appear like it ever had one. What it does have is a 2.3 turbo swap that replaced the 2.3 non turbo! I liked the body kit when they first came out on these GT Foxbody Mustangs, and thought they looked aggressive. Now, I kind of agree that it looks clutter some.

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