1988 Ford

Mustang LX $24,000

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Here at Classic Auto Mall we await with worms on our breath, (uhh bated breath actually!), to see what will come through the door next. Well every now and again we get a car that is a real gem, an uncut, 97K mile, always garaged notchback model  that runs like new with a 5-speed manual and a limited slip diff.  Shall we say sly?!

Paint code 2D bathes this car and in layman's language this translates to Medium Scarlet.The paint is very nice in its respray format and covers straight steel and some neoprene for the bumpers and mixes with sculpted panels that create the look of this iconic iteration of the Fox bodied Mustang.  A few scrapes are noted in the finish but overall the car presents well and it does not get any better than this with excellent minded gaps, perfecto straight rust free panels, and clear plastic headlights and taillights, excellent lower body, and all factory tinted glass.  Badging denotes the 5.0 liter mill that sleeps below the hood...shhhhhhhh, you'll awaken the beast! The rear glass is larger and the roofline is longer on these notchback cars, and their sleeper power could beat most stuff out there at that time. Black accents with door handles, window surround trimmings, and lighting trim add contrast to the Scarlet, and shows off the car as it should.  Clean wrap around rear tail lighting is perfectly placed above the integrated body matching bumper. 15-inch 10 hole wheels are on all 4 corners, and have a nice dull machined looking finish. Dual shiny exhaust tips peek out from underneath the rear roll pan and give this car a menacing sound.

Gray broadcloth, and gray molded plastic along with some gray carpeting make up the door panels  which have all the button controls within a black end of the armrest. Broad cloth buckets have a slight gray pattern to the inserts, and a just a bit lighter bolster on a medium high back bucket with a headrest. A gray console races past these chairs and has an arm rest which doubles as the console storage lid. Dual cup holders and the black faced panel for the shifter housing meet the dash in the center.  Here we have the AM/FM sound system, Euro inspired temp knobs and finally turning to gray vents and a curved dash top. Extensive use of the mid 1980's square and rectangle design is reserved for the instrument cluster and various squared off buttons on either side. The dash is pristine, as are the carpets which float all seats in a perfect sea of gray thick pile comfort. Gray side panels on the rear frame a rear bench which is shoehorned into the back of the car, but is comfortable once you get there, and complete with armrests.

An original 5.0 Liter V8 with EFI and cold air intake unit to feed this mill, and we are ready to take on some serious stuff.  A 5-speed manual Tremec T5 transmission is installed on the back and this pushes power back to a Ford 8.8 inch 3.08 TracLoc  rear axle.  All in all just super with factory headers and a Flowmaster exhaust.  Drop the hanky and say C-ya!

Unremarkable and mostly straight unadulterated black structurally sound steel unibody, floor pans and rockers.  A like new Flowmaster exhaust system snakes its way rearward and features H piping and dual Flowmaster mufflers which are fed by headers.  Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and a 4 link with coil springs for the rear, along with power disc brakes upfront and power drums for the rear are seen underneath in this clean environment.

It's not everyday one gets the opportunity to drive notchback version, so my decoder/test dummy?!/copy editor,( now I'm in trouble), cohort and I both took the opportunity and we found a quick starter, smooth runner, and a test track ace with plenty of power, great handling, and good brakes which stopped the car in a straight line.  It also was an excellent cruiser, and produced a nice melodious sound with the exhaust.  All controls were working perfectly and the buckets grab you in a tasteful way, and not molesting you, as everything is within easy reach while seated.

A notchback with some serious power, great sound, and a cloth interior that's a 5 speed.  No match for most cars of the era and year, tinted glass, and the 10 hole wheels and we have a very sly one on our hands for consignment!

F-Ford Motor Company
A-Passenger Car
B-Manual Belts
P40-Mustang Notchback LX
E-5.0 Liter V8 225hp
1-Check Digit
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
194288-Sequential Unit Number

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Sub Model


Engine Size
5.0 Liter V8
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Engine Type
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual


Body Color
Medium Scarlet
Body Style
Paint Type


Interior Color
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Shifter Type

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