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Mustangs Facts 1983-1993

1983 Ford Mustang

-By 1983, the Ford 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 stricter emissions standards that influenced the Mustangs of the 70s.

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

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

-In 1985, the Ford Mustang received a 5.0 liter high output V8 that made 210 ponies when mated to a manual transmission. New Quadra-Shock rear suspension provided better acceleration and reduced wheel hop on fast takeoffs.

-Mustang's V8 traded its carburetor for sequential multi-port fuel injection in 1986.

-In 1987, the steed was restyled with a new "aero-look" body. The 5.0L V8 manufactured 225 horsepower.

-For its 25th Anniversary, all Mustangs manufactured between April 17, 1989 and April 17, '90 sported the familiar running horse on the dashboard with "25 Years" inscribed underneath.

-In 1990, the pony sported a drivers 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 V8 models came with new five spoke 16 x 7 inch cast aluminum wheels.

-The stealthy Mustang LX 5.0 developed a cult following in '92 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 group (SVT) introduced the limited production SVT Mustang Cobra with subtle but distinctive styling cues and performance upgrades. The low volume '93 Cobra R, developed to be used as a race car, sold out prior to production

Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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