Mustang Fast Facts: 1983-1993
• Two big things happened for the Mustang in 1983: first, the convertible option came back. Second, the fuel shortage that had necessitated smaller, less powerful engines in previous Mustangs abated, allowing the return of the Boss Mustang.
• In 1983, the Boss came back, but Ford wanted other performance Mustang options. In 1984, the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) team produced the Mustang SVO. This car wasn’t about large engine displacement, though. It was powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.3-liters. It cranked out 175 horsepower and was adorned with a functional hood scoop and a unique two-wing design rear spoiler. Ford wasn’t going to abandon big V8s, though, and 1984 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mustang. A special anniversary GT model was produced in a limited edition with an Oxford White paint job and Canyon Red interior trim.
• 1985 saw a new 5.0-liter V8 dropped into the Mustang that produced 210 horsepower. To make that power more apparent, a Quadra-Shock rear suspension system was installed. This provided the car with better rear-wheel road contact, increasing traction, and also reduced the tendency for the rear wheels to hop during a quick launch.
• In 1986, the V8 lost its carburetor and got a multi-port fuel injection system and in 1987 the Mustang got a facelift with the “aero-look” body. The 5.0-liter V8 was also tuned to produce 225 horsepower.
• Ford has always enjoyed the Mustang’s anniversary celebrations, so every Mustang produced from April 17, 1989 to April 17, 1990 had the running horse logo on the dashboard with the inscription “25 Years” beneath it. 1990 was also the first year that the Mustang had a driver’s side airbag as standard equipment.
• In 1991, the entry-level models got some love. A new 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine was installed that produced 105 horsepower and had a distributor-less ignition. Not to leave out the V8 models, Ford gave the big-engine models new 16-inch wheels made of cast aluminum.
• 1993 was a big year, it was when the brand-new Special Vehicle Team (SVT) got their chance to make a special edition Mustang. The result was the SVT Mustang Cobra. Also, the Cobra R, a racing edition, was produced that year. They never hit showroom floors, though, because every single one of them was purchased before they even came out of the factory.