Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
At the end of Fox-platform production, Ford rolled out some special edition Mustangs, the most popular of which was this 1992 Mustang Summer Special. Painted a unique Vibrant Red and fitted only with a white leather interior and special 16-inch white wheels, it has a distinctive look that makes this particular 5.0 Fox Body stand out from its siblings. Summer Edition Fox Body Mustangs are steadily growing in popularity and value these days, and beautifully preserved 5-speed manual examples like this are ultra-rare, with only 787 ever made. That means if you're reading this, you've found a gem, and gems at this price point never last long so you better read fast.
After the 'happy accident' success of the limited-edition 7-Up Mustang convertible a couple years prior, Ford needed a follow up to meet a growing demand for another special edition Fox Body. The result was the 'Summer Special' convertible (aka the Summer Edition, Feature Car, and Limited Edition) that was technically a 1992 example that was released mid-year. You can spot these cars instantly, because the only color that they came in - vivid Vibrant Red paint - is a lot brighter than the usual reds found on garden-variety Mustangs. In addition to that paint, they're also easy to spot with their body-colored side mirrors, door and window trim, windshield trim, and rear quarter panel molding (most Mustang convertibles had plain black), along with the addition of a rear spoiler instead of a luggage rack. It's amazing how well the Fox Body Mustangs have aged; everyone knows them and everyone loves them, just like the early pony cars. This particular 4-owner beauty has lived an easier life than many 5.0 Mustangs and shows extremely well for being nearly 30 years old. The bodywork and finish are all-original and show incredibly well for its age, with only minor imperfections and signs of use accrued over the last three decades. All the usual Mustang things are still nice: the cowl grille at the base of the windshield is still dark black, not gray, the headlights aren't cloudy, and all the weather seals are in great shape. And the special-issued Summer Edition Opal Pearlescent white wheels are still in place like they're supposed to be, offering yet another unique addition to this rare Fox Body droptop. Visually it's completely stock, even retaining the stock ride height, so if you want one that's exactly like what you had when you were younger or you've always admired these cars afar, they don't get any better than this.
The white leather interior with black piping on the seats was also part of the package, and it's one of the most handsome interiors to be found in a Fox Body Mustang. The seats are supportive and nicely set up for spirited driving and the gauges, all of which are functional, remain a great example of how to get it right. These cars came loaded from the factory, and it includes factory A/C (which does need to be serviced), power windows and locks, cruise control, tilt wheel, and an upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX/Bluetooth stereo. Door panels, dash, and carpets are very nice original pieces, and even the door-mounted map pockets are in great shape and maintain their elasticity. A center console splits the front buckets and it houses a cue-ball topped shifter that manages the 5-speed manual transmission below an incredibly rare option with only 787 manual transmission Summer Specials ever made. Overhead there's a snug-fitting white power top that makes top-down driving only a few seconds away, which is the entire point of owning a Mustang convertible. '5.0L' branded floor mats look awesome, the rear seat looks almost completely untouched, and the trunk is outfitted just like it was 1992 stock and clean.
Ford's familiar 5.0L HO needs no explanation, and it works as well here as anywhere else. Largely unmodified (aside from regular maintenance items and cold-air intake), this is a rare 5.0 Mustang that hasn't been thrashed, raced, or tweaked by a high-schooler with his first tool kit. That means it's bulletproof reliable, torquey enough to climb a wall, and happy to run pretty much forever on regular gas, and with a factory rating of 225HP, it's lively enough to hang with anything out on the road today. The engine bay is clean and well-maintained, with fresh-looking belts, hoses, wiring, and components that mean you can pop the hood and show the car off with great pride. It's backed by the aforementioned rare 5-speed manual transmission while the 8.8-inch rear end has 2.73 gears inside, so it's a very relaxed cruiser that still likes to hustle. Even the exhaust is still a stock set-up (although the mufflers look to be an older set of Flowmasters), including the catalytic converters, so it's got that familiar 5.0 throaty sound but it never gets annoying. Solid and clean floors are more evidence of an easy life and it sits on original 16-inch Opal Pearlescent
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