1992 Ford Mustang Summer Special
At the end of Fox-platform production, Ford rolled out some special edition Mustangs, the most popular of which was this 1992 Mustang Summer Special. Painted a unique bright red and fitted only with a white leather interior and special white wheels, it has a distinctive look that makes this particular 5.0 stand out from its siblings. You can spot these cars instantly, because the vivid red paint is a lot brighter than the usual reds found on garden-variety Mustangs. In addition to that paint, they're also easy to spot with their painted windshield frames (most Mustang convertibles had plain black) and a rear wing instead of a faux luggage rack. It's amazing how well the Fox-body Mustangs have aged; everyone knows them, everyone loves them, just like the early pony cars. This one has lived an easier life than many 5.0 Mustangs and shows extremely well for being nearly 25 years old. It was repainted in 2008 and shines up well and it has obviously not been wrecked or driven in the winter. All the usual Mustang things are still nice: the grille at the base of the windshield is still black, not gray, the headlights aren't cloudy, and the weather seals are in great shape. It's completely stock visually, even retaining the stock ride height, so if you want one that's close to what you had when you were younger or you've always admired these cars, you could do a lot worse than this. The white leather interior with black piping on the seats was also part of the package, and it's one of the most handsome interiors to be found in a Fox Mustang. The seats are supportive and nicely set up for spirited driving and the gauges, all of which are functional, remain a great example of how to get it right. These cars came loaded from the factory, and it includes cold A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a good-sounding AM/FM/cassette stereo. Door panels, dash, and carpets are very nice original pieces, although the door-mounted map pockets are a little tired (elastic is only going to last so long. Overhead there's a snug-fitting white power top that makes top-down driving only a few seconds away, which is the entire point of owning a Mustang convertible. The trunk mat is missing, but it's otherwise very clean and includes the original spare and jack assembly. Ford's familiar 5.0 needs no explanation, and it works as well here as anywhere else. Completely unmodified, this is a rare 5.0 Mustang that hasn't been thrashed, raced, or tweaked by a high-schooler with his first tool kit. That means it's bulletproof reliable, torquey enough to climb a wall, and happy to run pretty much forever on regular gas. The engine bay is clean and well-maintained, and you could spend some time detailing it to really make it shine. It's backed by a smooth-shifting AOD 4-speed automatic transmission while the 8.8-inch rear end has 2.73 gears inside, so it's a very relaxed cruiser that still likes to hustle. Even the exhaust is still stock, including the catalytic converters, so it's got that familiar 5.0 sound but it never gets annoying. Ultra-clean floors are more evidence of an easy life and it sits on original 16-inch "Pony" wheels which are, of course, bright white and fitted with 225/50/16 Kumho performance radials. A great combination of looks and performance, these 5.0 Mustangs can't stay this cheap forever. Start having fun today and give us a call!