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Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang with 75 miles

A time capsule from the Reagan administration


My daily commute is 58-miles and there is no scenario where my 2015 Mini Cooper could be preserved as a museum piece, with a curator noting its highly original essence and all the rest. My Mini Cooper is a commuter, a testament to good gas mileage and has been traversing the highways for 78,000 original miles and probably hasn’t had that new car smell since Russell Wilson made an ill-advised pass against the New England Patriots. But some cars slip through the cracks and stay new for decades.

Pushing 40 years old and still looking brand new, the Pick of the Day is a 1983 Ford Mustang GL with 75 miles and preserved in a climate control environment.

“The car was ordered new by Bob Townsend Ford of Shawnee, OK,” according to the Kentwood, Michigan dealer advertising on ClassicCars.com. “The car remained in the Bob Townsend Museum until his passing in 2003 to where the ownership was transferred to a family member where the car remained as part of that collection until it was sold to a family friend in 2020 and then our recent acquisition.”

Ordered in Desert Metallic over a walnut interior, this Fox body Mustang features front bucket seats, factory AM/FM radio, SelectAir air conditioning, and overall feeling that this car is a time capsule. The cigarette lighter and ashtray hints at a bygone era when smoking was more socially acceptable.

Under the hood is the original V6 paired with a SelectShift automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. It rides on 14-inch wheels with turbine-style wheel covers and thin-whitewall Firestone tires.

 The asking price for this Mustang is $26,900, and the sale includes recent service receipts documenting $3,800 in services to make the car roadworthy, a news article about Bob Townsend and his museum, CARFAX report, odometer disclosure, and a copy of the original Oklahoma application for title.

To document its pedigree, the original dealer shipping order and window sticker, affidavit of fact documenting the 2020 sale of the Mustang, and Marti report are included with the sale

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

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. …. I’d have to agree with you Rick! However, why are so many comments that ask questions that have the answers right in the article? I’m wondering if readers coming from so called “smart phones” don’t get the whole complete article like I do reading from my laptop? Otherwise, there is an overabundance of short attention span readers out there.


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