You Need This: 5.0-liter Mustang LX notchback with a stick

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Nov 1, 2023 | Ford, Mustang, fox body, Ford Mustang, Cars For Sale, Facebook Marketplace

Photography Courtesy Omar Rodriguez/Facebook Marketplace

Back in the day, the cool kids knew the drill: The Mustang GT came saddled with a bit too much weight, a bit too much attention-grabbing bits.

What you really wanted was the LX: 5.0-liter V8, five-speed manual and, ideally, the coupe body. It was the lighter, sleeper option.

[Is the Fox-Body Mustang the ultimate blank canvas?]

A clean one exists almost as a unicorn today, but they’re out there–like this 1989 Mustang LX for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Not many details are given, although does that look like factory Dark Shadow Blue to you?

Asking price is $20,000–just about Hagerty’s price for one in excellent condition–with this one in North Carolina.

It sounds like it has a bit of a rumble to it. Might have a three-quarter race cam in it as well.

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Comments
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 4:25 p.m.

Paging JG, paging JG. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
11/1/23 4:28 p.m.

Are those the original seats? I feel like even the sleeper notchback cars got sportier seats than those.

Still, what a survivor. I can almost feel the rear suspension binding from here.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/1/23 5:25 p.m.

225/300. After the craptacular 70s that seemed like a revelation.

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/1/23 6:05 p.m.

Had a 89 GT that I got down to 2900 with driver.... 

Abomination.

Started at a 14 something and got down to a 13.24@100 with one engine upgrade which was the 1.7 crane cams cobra rockers.

Overall, I find it a steaming pos.

Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter)
Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/1/23 6:14 p.m.

My first fast car. A 1990 5 speed coupe. I did all the cool stuff to it. Stroker engine with all the good stuff, deep gears, Tremec, Kenny Brown stuff underneath, Simmons 3 piece wheels. 
 

For the time, it was about as bad as you'd find on the street. 
 

People can talk ugly about them nowadays, but back in the early 90s, I walked tall driving this thing. No one wanted anything to do with it at a red light. 
 

I had to dig out the photo album with paper pictures. 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/1/23 6:33 p.m.

Man, I drive by Kenny Brown's old shop in Omaha every single day. Then I look at my 85 GT sitting in the garage and keep thinking I need to do something with it. Then something else catches my eye. I swear I'll get to it soon. 

 

And no I don't need that. The only time I was arrested, I was stuffed in the back of a notchback 5.0 for a 40 mile drive. 

rustomatic
rustomatic HalfDork
11/1/23 6:34 p.m.

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/1/23 6:50 p.m.
rustomatic said:

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

People who lived it. You either had a vert, hatchback, or notchback. Heathen.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 8:05 p.m.
Ranger50 said:
rustomatic said:

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

People who lived it. You either had a vert, hatchback, or notchback. Heathen.

QFT

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 8:09 p.m.

And a related question: 10-hole wheels or five-spokes? 

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