Garage Find: 1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

It’s rare that a garage find like this 1988 Ford Mustang GT convertible should appear in one of my favorite spots in the U.S., a little slice of heaven known as Cape Cod. The hook-shaped peninsula off of Massachusetts is certainly a great place to own a convertible, but I can’t recall too many finds like this emerging from that part of the world. This Mustang has been parked since 1998 and will need a clutch and new top among other fixes associated with a long-dormant specimen. The Mustang has 65,000 miles and is a desirable manual example, and is listed here on eBay with bids to just over $3,000.

The Cape is a place that explodes with tourists in the summer months, and as such, the natives understand they have a role in protecting and preserving what’s theirs. Environmental stewardship is almost a prerequisite to living there, so it’s not surprising that a dead muscle car like this was forced into garage hibernation. Of course, many folks also only live there part of the year, and in that scenario, it’s not hard to see how a car might end up languishing for over a decade after a relatively simple clutch failure.

The plate doesn’t strike me immediately as being a Massachusetts tag, and if the owner is a snowbird who isn’t even within an hour’s drive in the winter, than it’s even easier for the initial diagnosis to snowball into an avalanche of deferred maintenance. The seller notes that the car was running when parked, so perhaps the clutch was just weak when it first started seeing less frequent use. The red paint is cloudy, and while the seller mentions the prospect of repainting, I suspect this finish will come back with a solid buffing – it just looks tired at the moment.

The color combo reminds me you could buy a Fox body convertible that wasn’t two-tone, as so many of them had the lower body cladding that contrasted with the finish up top. The paint really doesn’t look this bad (to me) from this angle, but obviously you won’t know fur sure until after an in-person inspection is performed. If this was a summer car, it’s possible the interior is mint or it’s destroyed, depending on how often it was left with the soft top parked in the down position. The ultimate summer car, for sure, and living in one of the best places for daily convertible use in the warmer months.

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  1. Bob Mck Member

    Cape Cod.. All I can think about is the salt air year round. I would want to inspect this up close before I made an offer.

    • Ken Jennings

      1988 Stang parked in 1988 for a bad clutch? I smell a problem here. You know what I think of when I think of Cape Cod (besides Patty Page)? I think of all that unearned trust fund money squandered, so maybe this is for real. Given something you never had to work for, many will treat it poorly.

      • Triumph1954

        Ken. Only problem here is you can’t read. Says parked in 1998.What is your problem, did you squander some unearned trust fund money? I don’t think you got enough sprinkles on your cupcakes growing up. Lighten up!

  2. Eric

    Seems like it spent a good part of its life in Michigan per the Autocheck vehicle history available from the ebay listing:

    eBay listing also now notes parked since 2008 not 1998

  3. JoeMac JoeMac Member

    Not a great collection of photos if you’re looking to sell a car, regardless of condition. With that said, car looks straight, and with 60k miles, a new top, clutch, and some elbow grease on that paint, might make a good buy if you can get it at $5 – $5.5k.

    I would love to see that undercarriage since it spent most of its life in Michigan, and Cape Cod.

  4. Cold340t

    3k max. New you @3k plus clutch $600 flywheel maybe too add 4/600 more. Got one those are the paid last year. Sitting 13yrs and no mice?

    • Cold340t

      New top is what I meant.

  5. Cold340t

    Forgot….. Heater core @1k

  6. irocrobb

    Sitting at 3750 as of now. I think it is too much money. A new roof for starters will cost at least a grand,I would think and there is many unknown things going on as well . Guess I am getting old as I would just add another 5 grand and look for a better example.


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