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Old 01-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I was and still a huge Mustang fan. I had a 1968 and a 1983 GT (had them both at the same time). I bought the 1983 in December 1983 and sold it in 1989. I have some original paperwork that may be more valuable to the current owner, if the car still exists. Having owned and still own exotics such as Ferrari's, Porsche's and Lambo's, I am very aware how important it is to have original paper work or any paperwork. My car had the rare four speed. What some of you younger guys may not remember was that in 1983 the GT did a 7 second 0-60. Today that is a joke (minivan numbers), but in 1983, it was faster than the Ferrari 308, and the Porsche 911 SC. It wasn't until 1984 when the Europeans caught up. My serial number of the 1983 was: 1FABp28F30F134146. If you are out there, contact me. I have original bill of sale, card to orer to key for wheels, Michelin tire book, 1983 Ford consumer Infowindow sticker (copy) and what looks like a key tag. Would love to give it to the current owner. I sold it in 1989 to a Family in Rosedale, NY. I have no idea what happened to it after that. I haven't owned a Mustang since 1989, but I am still a fan.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Interesting story!

Yeah! The performance of our cars isn't as wild as it once was. The current family sedans are now getting faster and more fuel efficient too.

The Bowers' could tell by that VIN if the car was ever registered with us. If it wasn't registered, there could be an owner lurking.

Doing something like a Carfax report might help to see if it is still in service or when it went off the grid.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Funny, but I forgot. When I bought the 1983 GT, it was December of 1983. A guy owned it for a few months and sold it back to Ford. When I bought it, it had 3,000 miles on it. Basically brand new. I paid $8,500.00. It was a very hot car in the early 1980's. Sought of what it is now. It didn't have A/C. So ford installed an after market A/C for about $300.00. I later found out why the guy returned the car after a few months. It was sooo bad in the rain (forget the snow). That it was scary. People were putting sand bags in the trunk. The car was so light in the rear. So my car was mint when I sold it in 1989. Six years after I bought it, I sold it for $5,000.00. I do remember that the clutch was very hard. It was the last car that I was able to work on it myself. It was still basically a simple setup. The plugs were a problem, but I bought the a tool, I think an extender, then it was easy. The only problems I had was typical of a 20 year old owning a car like that. The clutch went a few times, and one time I hit a curb and destroyed the rear. I also remember that the TRX tires sucked. After I bought it, I changed the speedometer. There was an after market company that sold a 140 speedo. Much better that the 85MPH (?) that came stock. even thought it was 7 secs. 0-60, I spun the tires for 50 yards. I had lots of fun with that car. Many memories. Wish I can find the owner.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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Ah memories. For me it was a 74 2Dr torino w/351W. It wasn't fast but its what I had and I went WOT from every single stop sign in Central Fla.

btw, you might try doing a VIN search on it. Something like car fax.
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