Junkyard Gem: 1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible

Ford built Mustangs on the Fox platform in model years 1979 through 1993 (or through 2004 if you’re considering tThe SN95 platform a sufficiently close relative compared to its Fox ancestors), with versions that run the gamut of the Late Malaise Era Ghia Editions with six rows respectably fast later 5.0 machines and even Mustang Police Interceptors. I was stopped by CHP Mustangs on I-5 a couple of times my 351W-swped ’68 Cycloneand those foxes zooming in in the mirror seemed to be pretty quick at the time. today Find junkyardwas however Not a fast fox, and then there’s the creepy convertible top.

The grueling UV-heavy sunlight here in High Plains, Colorado conspires with single-digit humidity to destroy convertible tops and car interiors in a hurry, and the end owner of this ’93 Mustang was trying to save some money by covering its lid with blue tarpaulin and repaired layer by layer of itchy canal topping off the whole mess with a few coats of black spray paint. In fact, the black spray paint went over the original red body in addition to the convertible top, because why not?

Did it work? Not for long!

I see a lot of field-expedient ductwork of this nature in junkyards, but in general it’s just that a single broken glass window patched with tenot a whole roof. The really gone Cats Get a channel in patriotic colors and create a window replacement that looks like an American flag, Of course. We have to admire the dedication it took to rethink this car, but the results were … not as long-lasting.

Three new flavors of the Mustang convertible could be purchased in the 1993 model year, the last one for the pure fox: the GT, the LX 5.0 and the LX. This car is the third, cheekiest type.

We find them under the hood 2.3-liter four-cylinder “Pinto” engineThis was the final model year for a four-banger in a Mustang to the current generation, and the EcoBoost offers a lot more power than the scariest V8 you can get in a 1993 Fox.

With the automatic transmission, this car would have been a slow pony. Still, convertibles are fun, and at least this one had a factory cassette deck to play with the latest in Gibby Haynes jams.

Car buyers had some interesting cheap convertible options in 1993. This car had an MSRP starting at $ 17,548 (about $ 32,365 today), and you could purchase a new one in 1993 Geo Metro Convertible for $ 9,999 (now $ 18,440) or a Mazda-based Australian Mercury Cri convertible for $ 17,779 ($ 32,790). Chevrolet offered one Ragtop Cavalier for $ 15,395 ($ 28,395) too.

When you wanted to live the New Jersey Dream ™ in 1993, the last year of the Fox Mustang was for you!

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