Ford Mustang Series 3 Reviews and Road Tests

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Ford Mustang Series 3


Aerodynamics - Low Drag - Fuel Efficiency. These became the buzz words at automotive design and styling conferences, in the engineering departments, in their feasibility studies, and during wind tunnel test after wind tunnel test.

Specific planning for the next generation of Mustang may have dated back to 1976, but the concept of developing personal transportation that would meet all foreseen environmental and economic requirements on a global basis dated back to the earliest days of the oil embargo in 1973. The idea of a "world car" factored into the long range planning of most major automotive manufacturers.

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1979 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1979

1979
1979 saw the debut of the new Mustang (the "II" was dropped) based on the new Fox platform. More>>
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1980 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1980

1980
For 1980, the Cobra option now included the Recaro seats. But this couldn't make up for the loss under th hood. More>>
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1981 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1981

1981
The 2.8 litre V6 was dropped for 1981, with the 3.3 litre V6 receiving a slight boost in power up to 91 bhp. More>>
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1982 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1982

1982
Performance fans finally were rewarded in 1982 with the reintroduction of the beloved 302 V8, now named the 5.0 litre HO (High Output) and rated at a decent 157 bhp. More>>
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1983 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1983

1983
The convertible finally returned for 1983. All Mustangs also received a redesigned grille and taillights. In addition, engine choices were shuffled up, mainly for the better. The 3.3 I6 was dropped, and replaced with a new 3.8 litre V6 rated at 112 bhp. More>>
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1984 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1984

1984
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Mustang, Ford released a special Twentieth Anniversary GT model. This featured a GT350 badge were it had been 19 years before. Unfortunately, although Carrol Shelby had licensed the Cobra name to Ford, the GT350 and GT500 names were not licensed. Ford had to discontinue using the GT350 name, making this a one year only model. More>>
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1985 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1985

1985
The big news for 1985 was improvements to the 5.0 litre V8 H.O. The engine received true dual exhausts, and 1960s era stainless steel tube headers. Along with a longer duration lift cam and hydraulic roller valve lifters, power output increased to a respectable 210 bhp. More>>
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1986 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1986

1986
The regular turbocharged Inline 4 was dropped for 1986, while the SVO engine was slightly detuned for 1986, its last year, to meet the requirements of lower octane gas. More>>
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1987 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1987

1987
Although the SVO Mustangs were gone, a lot of their parts found their way to lesser Mustangs. All Mustangs received the SVO drooped nose, and thus all radiator breathing was from under the front bumper. More>>
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1988 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1988

1988
The T-Top option was dropped for 1988 as the only change. More>>
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1989 Ford Mustang  

 

Ford Mustang 1989

1989
There were no changes for the 1989 Mustang. More>>
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1990 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1990

1990
For 1990, all Mustangs received a new 140 mph speedometer to replace the previous 85 mph unit. In addition, Ford created a special run of 2,000 Emerald Green GT Convertibles with white leather interiors that it refered to as the Limited Edition Twenty-Fifth Anniversary model, (evidently forgeting that the Mustang's 25th anniversary was in 1989). More>>
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1991 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1991

1991
Sales dropped again in 1991 as prices for the base Mustang rose past US$10,000.00. More>>
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1992 Ford Mustang  

Ford Mustang 1992

1992
A new special edition Mustang GT in Red with a white leather interior was introduced for 1992. A total of 2,196 were sold. More>>
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1993 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang 1993

1993
Finally, a new Cobra model was introduced mid-year with its 5.0 litre V8 tweaked to 235 bhp, while changes to the SAE rating method dropped the regular 5.0 V8 to 200 bhp. The Cobra was produced by Ford's Special Vehicles Team (SVT) which had taken over the functions of the former SVO group. More>>
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