1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
-5 Speed Manual Transmission
-Power Convertible Top
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“The Fox-body Mustang, in many ways, is the perfect entry point to classic muscle ownership without having to pay the Boomer tax that's afflicted 1960s and '70s offerings.” –Hagerty
The Hagerty writers continued: “… the affordability of the Mustang, combined with its fun factor, makes almost any V-8 or turbocharged car an appealing example of American muscle that's just modern enough to be your daily driver without asking you to make sacrifices in comfort or reliability. Whether it's 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.”
Over at autoevolution.com, they agreed completely. “There are some people out there who consider the Fox-body Mustang to be one of the coolest muscle cars/pony cars ever made. Whether the traits cited as reasons for this are the looks of the cars or their performance, these Blue Ovals sure do have a special place in the hearts of many.”
In the case of this white-on-gray convertible example, it's not just a 1988 Mustang, but a GT 5.0 one, meaning it is gifted with the largest engine available for the model that year, the 301ci (5.0-liter) V8 backed by a driver's choice 5-speed manual. The engine was rated at 222 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. With only 53,000 miles, or just 1,700 miles per-year on average, this Mustang is a very low-mileage car. It's exceptional condition bears that out.
The car's exterior is near perfect, from single-frame headlights to louvered taillights. The white paint retains a factory-like gloss over straight body panels with factory tolerances. Of special note, the GT's 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. The red horizontal accent stripe that adds a dramatic unifying element is an added feature of note. A luggage rack is mounted atop the trunk. The power-operated black convertible top is free of wear marks or signs of abrasion and is properly fitted. It stores beneath a gray 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. Turbine-design alloy wheels are free of curb damage.
Inside, the door-sill step-over areas show signs of owner care with an absence of scrapes from heedless foot-dragging. The darker gray color scheme throughout with black accents makes for an easy-to-live-with look. Overall, interior surfaces show only minimal signs of wear, and light patina. The pleated-leather upholstery has a classic design. The driver's seat bolster has age-appropriate wear, and a small tear at the rear of the seat cushion. Door trim, dashboard, the boot cover, even the 5-speed shifter (including its leather boot) all retain their original appearance. The instruments, steering wheel, and all buttons (including power window and mirror controls) and related surfaces are uniformly free of obvious wear. The factory AM-FM-Cassette Stereo is mounted in the “center stack” beneath the heating and air-conditioning controls. Gray carpeting throughout is protected by matching carpet mats.
Under the hood, the GT's high-output 5-liter V8 is complete with all components, wiring, hoses and the like properly mounted. The engine compartment is cleaned without being excessively detailed. The only deficiency is the under-hood sound insulation which is partially missing due to deterioration from age. The car's undercarriage is complete with only surface rust on un-coated surfaces. Notably, the full-length dual exhaust is free of damage or any dents from too-aggressive driving or track use.
The excellent condition of this low-mileage '88 Mustang GT is faithfully presented in the more than 165 high-definition photographs, together with a short walk-around-and-startup video mentioned earlier, available at the GarageKeptMotors site. The Carfax link provides the car's accident-free history. All that said, there is no substitute for an in-person, up-close inspection. We encourage such inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that an appointment be made by phone or email in advance. Our showroom is not open to the public.
Late-80's muscle in a Fox-bodied Mustang—especially a convertible—will hold its appeal for generations. It's no wonder these cars inspire such loyalty in the hands of Mustang Club members across the country. Bring this lovely white GT drop-top to any Mustangs-and-coffee gathering, and expect to meet a host of new friends.