V8 5-Speed: 1993 Ford Mustang LX

While many people believe that the Mustang II perfectly encapsulated the Malaise Era of American motoring, the ongoing development of the subsequent Fox-body Mustang showed that Ford had once again found its muse in the pony car sector. By 1993, the Mustang was a car that was able to demonstrate a decent turn of speed, and this Mustang LX hails from that final year of production. It is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. With bidding now sitting at $8,200, the reserve has been met.

The Vibrant White Mustang presents incredibly well, especially considering that it still wears all of its original paint. It’s pretty hard to find anything to be critical of with the car’s panels and paint, and given the light paint color, the fact that the leading edge of the hood and the front bumper seem to have largely escaped issues with stone-chips is a real bonus. The fact that the vehicle has been garage-kept for its entire life will certainly have helped to keep it in such nice condition. The Mustang is fitted with tinted glass, and this appears to be faultless. If I am going to find anything to be critical of, it is the fact that both of the front wheels look like they might have suffered some staining from exposure to brake dust over the years. This is quite common, and it can be rectified to return the exterior presentation to pristine. This is purely personal preference, but if you were to place two identically equipped Mustangs side-by-side, with one being a hatchback and the other a notchback, I’d take the hatchback every time. To me, they just look that bit better styled, and definitely more purposeful.

The Mustang features a Black interior, and once again, this is completely original and unmolested. The condition is first-rate, and it really doesn’t look as though anyone has ever sat in the rear seat. The cloth upholstery is showing no signs of fading, while the vinyl and plastic trim is free of cracks and discoloring. As well as all of the standard appointments such as a driver’s airbag, console, power mirrors, a leather-wrapped wheel, and power lumbar supports on the front seats, the original owner certainly loaded the Mustang up with some nice options. The next owner will find themselves with air conditioning, power windows and locks, a premium AM/FM radio/CD player, and cruise control.

There were a couple of engine options open to prospective buyers who wanted to slap down the cash for a ’93 Mustang LX, but there is no doubt that the 5.0-liter “HO” V8 was the pick of the bunch. That is what you will find under the hood of this car. Making it all the more desirable is the fact that it also comes fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission, a 3.08 Traction-Lok rear end, power steering, and power front disc brakes. The car is said to run and drive perfectly, with smooth operation for both the clutch and transmission. The owner states that the car has covered a genuine 77,000 miles, but there is no mention as to whether he holds any proof to verify this. However, given the fact that the car comes with all its original documentation, including the Window Sticker and a Marti Report, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he does hold verifying documentation for the mileage.

Production of the Fox-body Mustang continued well past the time that Ford had envisaged. It was slated to be phased-out by 1988, but a strong public response saw the car soldier on until 1993. By that point in time, Ford had started to fully embrace emerging technology in fuel-injection and electronic engine management, and the Mustang was once again a car that was capable of delivering respectable levels of performance. While the LX version has not become a big-dollar car, it is a car that has continued to steadily increase in value in recent years. Really nice examples are definitely capable of fetching prices in excess of $15,000, so if this particular car sells at or below that sum, then it would appear that the new owner will have bagged themselves a pretty good buy…especially when you consider that this car cost the original owner more than $17,000 way back in 1993.

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Comments

  1. dirtyharry

    I have rarely met a V8/5spd Mustang I didn’t like. The fun to dollar ratio, can’t be beat. Nice write up by Adam.

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  2. Steve O

    Fun Fact: The replacement for the Fox Body was going to be the Probe.

    Head Scratcher: Why the Fox Body never used the 351 to compete with the 350 in the Camaro.

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    • Arthell64 Member

      Ford did put the 351 in the 95 cobra R.

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      • Troy s

        Yes, Ford did drop in the killer 351 in very limited numbers that year. No rear seat if I remember right, and not generally available. Neat car, rumors of a 351 powered 25th anniversary edition available in general never materialized, other rumors too like the 5.0 powered Ranger which never happened.
        Of course some folks did those swaps to both vehicles but that’s not the same as factory built.

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  3. Troy s

    Yes, the front drive Mustang was always a rumor,,, so were rumors of a 5.8 edition. The 5.8 probably couldn’t pull the miles per gallon for CAFE standards, or maybe Ford figured why mess with a good thing and not go through the expense of certifying the 351. Who knows, Ford had a lot going on at the time besides these.
    Nice example here but part of the fun owning one was mods here and there and running it hard, as designed.

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  4. Stangalang

    Plenty of us did put a 351 in these Fox bodies…had one of my friends put a 490 in a 89 Fox. Wanna talk about fun!! My brother and I ran a capri with a built 351 oh man many smiles per gallon.

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  5. John54016

    I wish I could find an 83 GT in that condition.

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