1983-1993 Ford Mustang Facts, Mustang History Lesson

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The Blue Oval has posted more Ford Mustang facts for us to enjoy as we are just a little over two weeks away from the 45th anniversary Mustang celebration which is being put on by the Mustang Club of America at Barber Motorsports Park on April 16-19.  The latest Mustang facts are from 1983-1993, an era I am very familiar with as I have owned four fox-body Mustangs as they were commonly referred to as.

For 1983 the Mustang convertible returned and the 5.0-liter V-8 was pumping out 175 horsepower.  In 1984 Ford's Special Vehicle Operations team built the SVO Mustang that used a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine which kept up with the V-8 but still had the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.  In 1985 the Mustang received a 5.0-liter high output V-8 that pushed horsepower to 210 when used with the manual trans and for 1986 the Mustang's V-8 switched over to sequential multi-port fuel injection.  For 1987 the Mustang received a new look with it's restyled body that would be used until 1993.  Also for 1987 the 5.0-liter V-8 got a bump in horsepower from 210 - 225.  From 1990-1993 several limited edition Mustangs were created including the 1990 7-up emerald green convertible which was a botched promotion for 7up.  In 1993 Ford's Special Vehicle Team created the SVT Mustang Cobra and Cobra 'R' race car in limited quantities.

Check out the complete list below:

1983-1993 Ford Mustang Facts

**By 1983, the Mustang convertible was back. And so was the “Boss,” as Ford’s pony car steadily returned to its roots as a performance vehicle, following the gas crisis and tighter emissions standards that influenced the Mustangs of the 70s

**In 1984, Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team created the Mustang SVO. It sported a front fascia with fog lamps, functional hood scoop and a unique dual-wing rear spoiler. A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine produced 175 horsepower.

**Also in 1984, a special V-8 powered Mustang GT was created to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Mustang. It was a special limited edition done in Oxford White with a Canyon Red interior.

**In 1985, Mustang received a 5.0-liter high output V-8 that made 210 horsepower when mated to a manual transmission. New Quadra-Shock rear suspension provided better acceleration and reduced wheel hop on fast takeoffs.

**Mustang’s V-8 traded its carburetor for sequential multi-port fuel injection in 1986.

**In 1987, the Mustang was restyled with a new “aero-look” body. The 5.0-liter V-8 produced 225 horsepower.

**For its 25th Anniversary, all Mustangs produced between April 17, 1989 and April 17, 1990 sported the familiar running horse on the dashboard with “25 Years” inscribed underneath.

**In 1990, Mustang sported a driver’s-side airbag as standard equipment.

**In 1991, entry-level Mustangs received an improved 105-horsepower, twin-plug 2.3-liter four-cylinder with distributorless ignition. All V-8 models came with new five-spoke 16 x 7-inch cast aluminum wheels.

**The stealthy Mustang LX 5.0 developed a cult following in 1992 and outsold all other models combined. Wire-style wheel covers and whitewall tires disappeared from the options list.

**In 1993, Ford’s new Special Vehicle Team (SVT) introduced the limited-production SVT Mustang Cobra with subtle but distinctive styling cues and performance upgrades. The low-volume 1993 Cobra R, developed to be used as a race car, sold out prior to production.

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