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Given that the 21st century has seen a sort of return to the roots aspect for the Mustang, it was probably only a matter of time before the Boss 302 made a return. Over the last few years there's been steady and growing interest in the concept of a new-age Trans Am Special.
Jim Clarke led the charge with the creation of the 5.0 HO V8 for the Mustang in 1982 and was responsible for the continuous improvement of the 5.0 throughout the '80s. What Jim and his team accomplished is truly amazing.
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1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - 5.0L V8 - 5-Speed Manual Transmission - 83k Miles - Red Over White Interior (Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible on a website other than our GarageKeptMotors site, its possible that youve only seen some of our many photographs of this vehicle due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 135 photographs, a short walk-around-and-startup video, and a link to its accident-free Carfax report, please go to our main website: GarageKeptMotors.) Dip deep into their throttles at any rpm and the frisky Fords respond with a wallop of good old-fashioned American torque-enough to make you forget all about four-valve combustion chambers and high-tech turbochargers. -Car and Driver magazine, 1988 Ten Best Cars As to their current popularity as collector cars, Hagerty.com put the appeal of these Fox-bodied Mustangs this way: ... the affordability of the Mustang, combined with its fun factor, makes almost any V-8 or turbocharged car an appealing example of American muscle thats just modern enough to be your daily driver, without asking you to make sacrifices in comfort or reliability. Whether its a canvas for a period-correct drag car, or simply a fair weather cruiser, there are a million or two Mustangs out there waiting to introduce you to the world of the Fox. In the case of this highly original red-over-white convertible example from Texas, its not just a 1988 Mustang, but a GT 5.0, meaning it is gifted with the largest engine available for the model that year, the 301ci (5.0-liter) V8 backed by a drivers choice 5-speed manual. The engine was rated at 222 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. With only 84,000 miles, or under 3,000 miles per-year on average, this Mustang is a very low-mileage car. Its exceptional condition bears that out. The cars exterior is near perfect, from single-frame headlights to louvered taillights. The red paint retains a factory-like gloss over straight body panels with factory tolerances. Of special note, the GTs bespoke lower-body treatments with front air intake incorporating driving lights, four side brake-cooling intakes, and rear sculpted valance all exhibit no scars, wear marks, or signs of any damage whatsoever. Impact-absorbing bumpers front and rear are free of damage appearing never to have actually absorbed any impacts. The red-on-red horizontal body-accent stripe is an added feature of note. A matte-black luggage rack is mounted atop the trunk. The power-operated white convertible top is free of wear marks or signs of abrasion, and is properly fitted. It stores beneath a white cover. All emblems-notably including the 5.0 engine identification-are present. Glass and lighting lenses are all clear and free of cracks or clouding. Factory turbine-design alloy wheels are free of curb damage and are mounted with Cooper Cobra white-letter performance tires. Inside, the white upholstery with red trim makes for a striking look. Overall, interior surfaces show little sign of wear, and only very light patina. The pleated-leather upholstery has a classic design. Red-and-white door trim, the dashboard, steering wheel, and the 5-speed Hurst shifter (including its leather boot) all retain their original appearance. The instruments and all controls (including power window and mirror controls) and related surfaces are uniformly free of obvious wear. A Pioneer audio head unit is mounted in the center stack beneath the heating and air-conditioning controls. Red carpeting throughout exhibits little, if any, obvious wear. (The cars factory radio and carpet mats are included in the sale.) Under the hood, the GTs high-output 5-liter V8 is complete with all components, wiring, hoses and the like properly mounted. The engine compartment is clean without being excessively detailed. The cars undercarriage is also complete with only very minimal surface rust on un-coated surfaces,
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