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1983 Ford Mustang Spec Explorer
In 1983, the Mustang convertible came back after being gone for nine years. The convertible was a 1983 midyear introduction and only came in the GLX trim package; but had an electric top, a real glass rear window, and a comfortable back seat. Reluctant to make the manufacturing change, Ford used Cars & Concepts of Brighton, Michigan to convert steel topped coupes from the factory into these convertible. The grille on all models became smaller between the two more deeply recessed headlights allowing for a strip of body color to return between. More power was under the hood when the 2.3L 4-cylinder was upgraded with a more efficient one barrel carburetor; the old inline-6 was replaced with an "Essex" 3.8L V6 which improved the horse power from 87 to 105; the turbocharger returned on the 2.3L 4-cylinder replacing the 4.2L V8 with 25 more horse power; and a new four-barrel carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, a high-flow air cleaner, and valve-train modifications pushed the 5.0L V8 from 157 to 175hp. All tires also increased by at least one size in 1983. Even with all these changes, 1983 saw the lowest number of Mustangs sold to date at 120,873.

Example of a Mustang from 1983
Sales Brochure cover
1983 Mustang Sales Brochure pages (click on to view)

This is the 1983 Ford Mustang promotional brochure. The front cover shows a bright red Mustang GT. One significant change to the 1983 Mustang was the re-introduction of the convertible midyear which came in the GLX trim package; and had an electric top, a real glass rear window, and a comfortable back seat.



Available 1983 Mustang exterior paint colors

Medium Charcoal

Black

Silver

Bright Bittersweet

Dark Academy Blue

Midnight Blue

Dark Walnut

Polar White

Desert Tan Glow

Light Desert Tan

Medium Red

Bright Red

Light Academy Blue Glow

Medium Yellow

1983 Engines
code   engine  
A 90hp 140ci (2.3L) standard 4-cylinder
3 105hp 232ci (3.8L) optional V6
T 145hp 140ci (2.3L) Turbo 4-cylinder
F 175hp 302ci (5.0L) optional V8
Styles, Models & Special Editions
Coupe, Hatchback & Convertible
Mustang LX
Mustang GLX
Mustang GT
Predator Cobra

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