Minty Notchback: 1989 Ford Mustang LX

This 1989 Ford Mustang LX is a desirable notchback body style with the venerable 5.0L V8 coupe. The Mustang has under 100,000 miles and is equipped with the preferred manual gearbox. There’s no reserve to speak of and bidding is up to $15,100, and it looks like it’s worth every penny based on the fact that it’s mostly

stock and the notchback coupe body is perhaps the most desirable of the Fox body ‘Stang lineup. The colors are sharp and it looks tidy on OEM polished wheels. The Mustang is listed here on eBay in Pheonix, Arizona with the seller noting it comes with a deep paper trail of records.

Inside, you’ll find very basic cloth seats in seemingly excellent condition with carpets and door panels in similar condition. As much as I love the SSP editions of the Mustang, the cabins are often pretty tired owing to their lives in the line of duty. This Mustang has clearly been loved, as even with its very basic materials inside, it’s been kept in good shape with no obvious stains or rips in the fabric. You might be tempted to treat a cabin that looks like it belongs in a rental car without much care, but the caretakers of this Mustang clearly felt differently. The Mustang sports aftermarket pedals, but that’s about it for alterations.

The engine bay is clean and stock with the exception of a cold air intake. The seller notes that it also has a stage 1 clutch, 3.73 gears, and an aluminum driveshaft and headers. The car also rides on new tires. While this isn’t necessarily bone-stock, the alterations make sense as being subtle upgrades to the Mustang’s performance without looking visibly different from the way it rolled off the assembly line. The suspension strikes me as being lowered – there’s no mention of this in the listing – but the fender wells seem to sit fairly close to the tops of the tires.

Clean Fox bodies have been in demand for some time, and while we have seen some absolutely pristine Fox bodies fail to meet their reserve price, clean driver-quality examples with the right modifications and extensive service histories seem to sell well every time. I personally love the notchback Mustangs and feel the LX models with the 5.0 is a genuine collector car at the moment. The only way to make this one better would be to find one in an elusive color like Tropical Yellow, but that’s just nit-picking at this point.


  1. Todd Zuercher

    I thought that lead photo looked familiar – just a few miles down the road from my house. Too bad it’s in km and not mph.

    The engine also has what appears to be an Edelbrock? upper intake on it.

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    • Ten50boy

      Think it’s a Professional Products ($250) intake……. Had a few fox bodies. Loved the old GT-40 intakes….. used one of these on a quick clean up/flip sale……should’ve kept that car too! Lol

  2. Stan

    Nice coupes had the same one, except zero options.. no a/c, no pwr locks or windows..
    A cool scene with these is the start of the great movie Black Dog starring Patrick Swayze, MeatLoaf, Randy Travis. Really good flick for drivers, especially truckers. Anyways the feds pull up in this exact car in the opening scene. Undercover.

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  3. Michael Berkemeier

    Looks like a good one if the paint is original and the body is straight. Easily worth the mid-upper teens this day and age.

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  4. Bwana

    Notchbacks may be nice for racers, and they do have their aesthetic charm, but for me, nothing beats the utility of a hatchback.

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  5. Chris

    Speedo in km/h so must’ve been a Canadian model? Years ago my buddy’s ‘86 GT that he bought used was the same way.

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