Notchback 5-Speed: 1990 Ford Mustang LX

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We can sometimes find a listing lacking for details when writing up certain classic cars and trucks, but there are also select models where no further details are necessarily needed. The Fox body Mustang is a known quantity in most cases, and the desirability markers are also well-defined. If it’s a notchback with a a 5.0L V8 and a 5-speed manual, people are going to want it – and that’s the case with this 1990 model listed here on eBay with bids approaching $17,000 and no reserve.

The Mustang appears to be in close to stock condition, which is also likely to drive interest, along with what I assume to be nearly rust-free condition. The Mustang’s modifications appear to be primarily cosmetic in nature, with a set of period-correct aftermarket five-spoke wheels and a cheesy set of “smoked” headlight lenses. The wheels I can forgive; the headlights, not so much. The interior is also in close-to-stock condition, even retaining what looks to be a factory radio.

The engine bay has some aftermarket ignition wires but more surprisingly, the factory airbox remains installed. Almost all of these Fox bodies that haven’t been kept under wraps for years have an aftermarket exhaust and intake by now. The exhaust looks like it could be modified, but I hardly consider than a sin considering how great these 5.0s sound opened up. The seller doesn’t detail any mechanical upkeep or history, but hopefully some records exist.

The Mustang’s bodywork appears to be in excellent condition, no doubt benefitting from the forgiving Florida climate. The paint looks good – perhaps even a touch too good, which could indicate a respray in the past – but you’ll have to ask the seller to confirm that with some paint meter readings. The notchback body style is my favorite Fox body, and I actually love the way it sits on these wheels. Put some stock headlights back in and it will be darn near perfect.

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  1. KC JohnMember

    Looks like an entire bottle of armor all sacrificed it’s life for those engine shots. Lol

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    • bobhess bobhessMember

      At least it’s cleaner than the grungy bunch we’ve seen here lately. If you are going to sell it, clean it a make it look good.

      Like 9
  2. bobhess bobhessMember

    Don’t see anything wrong with the headlights. Always liked being able to see where I was going at night. Nice car here. Friend down the street has one with beefed up engine and suspension and hearing the car go by is music to the ears.

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  3. Maggy

    I always liked the notch backs over the GT.Much cleaner looking without all that bulky looking fiberglass all over the GT. Nice car and a blast to drive.I just don’t like red imo. Interior color is nice. Glwts.

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  4. MrF

    Didn’t model year 1990 still have wide black rubber mouldings on the sides? (Body-colored ones were later, like 92-93.) If so, this has certainly been at least partially painted.
    Those Ford 5.0 engines sure have a great sound!

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  5. JCAMember

    For 187,000 miles it looks decent.

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  6. Grant

    Never trust anyone who has to hide behind darkened windows. In many states, that is illegal.

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    • SirRaoulDuke

      This car is in Florida, where tinted windows are almost a necessity.

      Like 1
      • Brian Weir

        Even so, a legal tint isn’t going to exceed 20 percent. Most quality tints will adequately block UV without compromising visibility. This tint is clearly over the line.

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    • Samtheman

      It’s nice having 5% on the front in the south west…

      Also never trust someone who doesn’t trust someone who likes dark tinted windows

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  7. dwcisme

    I do like these cars and this was the desirable model for autocross. Not my taste for wheels though. While I may be a bit jaded (spent 20+ years in the automotive business) I’m always suspicious of cars photographed in the rain. Wet paint always looks better than dry paint.

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  8. HoA Howard AMember

    Yep, this was my ’88, and I hated,,oops, I mean, disliked everything about that car. Did I ever tell you the heater core story? Trusty sawzall made short work of that engineering screwup. I won’t bore you all again, just an awful car. Makes me shiver just looking at it. When I sold it, a guy asked if it was a notchback, and when I said yes, he was there in 15 minutes. He planned to drag race it, preferred over the fastback, apparently.
    Now, my ’95 was everything this car wasn’t. I loved that ’95. This Mustang is one I’d have no trouble forgetting about. Heck, I’d take a Mustang ll over this.

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  9. C Force

    You usually don’t see the LX 5.0 mustangs as much as the GT or ones that haven’t been turned into drag cars (usually running the 10.5w class)this one is in really good shape.The LX also weighs less than the GT

    Like 1

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