T-Top Fox: 1988 Ford Mustang GT

Love them or hate them, the Fox-Body Mustangs were in production for 15 of the Mustang’s (so far) 55 years. That 3rd generation was by far the longest lived all (so far) 6 Mustang generations. This 1988 example was sent to us by an anonymous Barn Finds reader who found it here on eBay in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The reserve appears to have been met after 17 bids have pushed the price to $8,950.

With 50,282 built, the 1988 Ford Mustang GT wasn’t rare by any means. However, those GT hatchbacks equipped with T-tops were, as only 3,747 buyers chose that option. Coming off of 1987’s mid-cycle face lift, the 1988 Mustangs remained largely unchanged. The buying public must have liked what they saw from the 1987 models, as production increased 32% as the Mustang far outsold the Camaro and Firebird combined.

This Mustang was a one-owner car until 3 months ago. This car has covered just 105k miles in its 32 years with only 600 of them being added by the current (second) owner. The seller tells us the car has been garaged its entire life and is wearing 95% of its original paint. No detail on what the 5% unoriginal portion is, but the Oxford White paint shines and looks very well preserved. Trim that is typically faded and worn on these appears to be in tip-top shape.

The grey interior is equally impressive. The seats look like they could use a cleaning, but I don’t see any rips, tears, or excessive wear. The seller notes the driver side lumbar support doesn’t stay inflated and the radio doesn’t work.

As all 1988 Ford Mustang GTs were equipped, this one has the 5.0L V8, which is backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from a new radiator, everything looks fairly original under the hood. The clutch was recently replaced, but there are some areas that may need to be addressed, including inoperable cruise control, sometimes functioning gas gauge, and rust on the shock towers.

Mustangs seem to be a popular choice for the collector. Cars are generally affordable with parts and resources being plentiful. I know the Fox-Body cars aren’t for everyone, but this one appears to be in relatively good condition and has the somewhat difficult to find T-tops. Is this a winning combination for you?

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Comments

  1. jerry z

    I always thought ’87 was the last year for t-tops. A buddy of mine bought his ’88 GT new and the salesman told him they stopped producing the t-top.

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  2. Joe Eszuso

    Nice but overpriced, these cars are made cheaply. Besides radio, lumbar and gas gauge expect window switch’s, horn, rear defogger etc all to malfunction. 4 thousand to five is tops anyone should pay. Once it finds it way onto Barnfinds price rockets.

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      Winning bid $10,400. Looks like quite a few people thought it was worth a healthy amount. Further evidence of continuing strong prices for Fox Bodies.

      I agree, there were some cheap parts in Fox Bodies. But that is part of why they were well-respected for their ‘bang for the buck.’

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  3. CJM

    1988 Was the last year for the T-tops, though they are very rare. I’ve read that somewhere around 300 cars were produced. It’s possible the availability stopped partway thru the model year, which might explain what the salesman said. This is a very desirable car. Too bad it does not have red interior. Or a different color exterior. White over gray is about as bad as it gets!

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      I have heard that T-Top production ceased early in the 1988 model year. I never heard why.

      Good example of a used but not abused Fox Body. A low-cost low-stress way to be part of the Mustang hobby.

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    • RCG

      I think White over Tan is as worse as it gets.

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  4. Lc

    I must be one of the ones who like Foxbodys – Have owned, 81 Mercury Capri, 81 Mercury Zephyr Z7, 81 Ford Durango, 84 Mercury Cougar LS; Own currently – 90 Mustang LX. None had t-tops except the Durango had a sunroof.

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  5. KevinG

    If it was “garage kept” then how are the shock tower rusty?

    • Brandt Snider

      I agree. That seems odd.

  6. Timothy Phaff Member

    A seat shampoo would be a better smell & look.

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  7. lc

    There’s a grey on grey color 87 Mustang GT T-top in Colorado Springs, Craigs with 92,639 miles. If it’s the same one from a year ago that I saw, sold on Ft Carson, the guy got the owner to drop the price to $4,500 from what I recall him telling me due to the owner moving. The current owner’s price is $6,000. Not as original as the one featured here, but still nice for a better price:)

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  8. Steve S

    I was looking at getting a 90 mustang that looked just like this car. But it had a sun roof instead and it was two tone dark gray and light gray I don’t remember what color the interior was. It had the 302 with a 5 speed manual transmission and had 50k miles on it. Then the dealer sold it 2 days before I got enough money to get it. Then when I could of afford it I was going to rip out the 302 and transmission for a 427 and 4 speed manual transmission or a 429 scj or which ever engine I could find first.

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