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1983 Ford Mustang convertible


The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original
The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original

One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.

The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years.

Couple the new Mustang – referred to as a Fox-body car because of Ford’s then-new structure for its midsize coupes and sedans – with a 5.0-liter V8, and suddenly you had an attractive, lightweight and sporty car that could actually get out of its own way. Well, somewhat. It would be a few years before Ford and the other automakers began to wrest decent power from emission-controlled engines.

The convertible top has been replaced
The convertible top has been replaced

The Pick of the Day in an attractive-looking 1983 Ford Mustang convertible, red with a white interior, with the highly desirable features of the 5.0-liter V8 and five-speed manual transmission. The car also has less than 60,000 miles on its odometer and has been subtly upgraded with later-model alloy wheels and performance modifications.

“Here’s a classic convertible that’s upgraded where you most want it, but original where it counts,” says the Charlotte, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Mustang on ClassicCars.com. “It even comes with documentation such as the warranty card, owner’s manual and maintenance records.”

The seller notes that 1983 marked the return of the Mustang convertible, which are rare collector’s items today, especially in preserved condition. This one is largely original, with what the dealer believes is largely factory paint and an interior that remains in stock condition, with correct gauges and trim, but with a custom sports steering wheel and Hurst short-throw shifter. The top has been replaced and is in good condition, the seller adds.

Despite its mostly original appearance, the Mustang has had performance mods that make it quicker and more maneuverable.

Under the performance mods is the numbers-matching V8
Under the performance mods is the numbers-matching V8

“You’ll love lifting the hood at car shows because this 58k mile, 5.0-liter V8 perfectly blends the car’s original-but-upgraded attitude,” the ad reads. “So you’ll revel in telling people that beneath all those shiny components is the original numbers-matching motor.

“But more than just looking great, this V8 was upgraded for power, too. It includes a new Holley four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake and BBK headers. That enhancement feeds a 2.5-inch H-pipe dual exhaust with Flowmasters, so you know this beast has a wicked rumble.

“There has also been a solid investment in road holding. This includes new KYB shocks and struts, Eibach springs, new front control arms and bushings, Steeda bump steer kit, new rear sway bar link, and Maximum Motorsports rear control arms.”

The convertible looks pretty sharp in the extensive photo gallery with the ad, although there is what looks like on overly wide panel gap in the upper-left front corner. That would bear checking into as it could signify a collision repair, or maybe just hood misalignment.

The price is right for this fun machine, with the dealer asking just $12,995, which could even make this a sound investment in a future classic.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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