1985 Mustang GT Page
Total Mustangs produced: 156,514
(For more production number details, go to our Production Numbers Summary page.)
4V - V8 GT (5-speed) CFI - V8 GT (automatic)
4V - V8 GT (5-speed)
CFI - V8 GT (automatic)
While the Turbo GT was discontinued in 1985, the four-barrel 5.0L V-8 was upgraded once again. After Ford had promised, but not delivered, more horsepower for the 1984 GT, they finally came through by harnessing 35 additional horses for the 1985 GT 5.0L - pushing it up to 210 horsepower. The GT had finally topped the golden 200 horsepower mark! To accomplish this feat, a number of enhancements were made to the 302 HO (still topped by the 600 cfm Holley 4V with dual snorkel 460 air cleaner) including the addition of a racing-style roller lifter camshaft, stainless steel tubular exhaust manifolds and forged 8.4:1 pistons (replacing sandcast pistons) with thinner, lightweight rings to further reduce friction. Of course, these changes necessitated a revised block and heads to accept the taller roller lifters. Exhaust restriction was reduced by splitting the exhaust pipe behind the catalytic converter and adding dual mufflers and tailpipes. Automatics still came only with the lower performance 302 HO and throttle body fuel injection, even though horsepower was upgraded to 180 hp early in the model year.
Other performance improvements were made for ‘85. The '85 retained the gas struts, variable rate springs and rear quad shock arrangement that were introduced in '84, however, the front anti-sway bar thickness increased to 1.3 inches from 1.125 inches and the rear anti-sway bar was bumped to 0.83 inches from 0.79 inches. In addition, new Goodyear P225/60VR15 uni-directional Gatorbacks were mounted on new 15x7 inch wheels to match the suspension to the powerful engine. The transmission gear ratios were improved with a 3.35:1 first gear (lower than the 2.95:1 gear of 1984) in the new “World Class” T-5 and a short-throw shifter helped quicken gear selection. Axle ratios in ‘85 were 2.73:1 (standard) and 3.08:1 (optional) for the 5-speed and 3.27:1 (standard - no options) for the AOD.
The GT, available in both the hatchback and convertible, once again saw slight external changes from the prior year, with a new charcoal hood stripe (instead of the previous black one). With a new, more aerodynamic nosepiece and “GT” embossed body side moldings, the car looked even faster than before. The “blackout” treatment continued for ‘85 matched with the following colors: Medium Charcoal Metallic, Black, Silver Metallic, Bright Red, Light Regatta Blue Metallic, Oxford White and Medium Canyon Red Metallic.
In the GT cockpit, new, attractive cloth articulated sport seats became standard equipment clad in either charcoal or sand beige with red piping, adjustable side bolsters and under thigh support. Other standard equipment included AM/FM stereo radio, tilt steering wheel, full instrumentation, console, steering column mounted controls, and remote locking fuel door and trunk/liftgate release. Options available included rear defrost, air conditioning, power windows and locks, light/convenience group, sunroof, T-tops, speed control and a variety of radios.
The 1985 GT was one of the most widely tested and reviewed cars by the American automotive press in at least a decade, and received almost uniformly favorable reports. Most liked the car’s 1960’s “muscle car" flavor, strong performance and comparatively low price.
Sources: All photos - Ford Mustang brochures.
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Base price - 1985 Mustang GT 3-door sedan (61B): $9,449.00
Base price - 1985 Mustang GT 2-door convertible (66B): $13,479.00
Note: These prices fluctuated during the model year.
This area is still under construction. Please stop back in the future for a listing of 1985 GT options and prices as well as other data.
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