1985 Was definitely the year Ford reignited the Muscle Car War. The 1985 Mustang 5.0 was released with significantly improved horsepower. The addition of a roller cam increased lift and for, but the bulk of the horsepower and performance increases came from a new exhaust. This power output rating was increased for the carbureted V8 to 210hp, the EFI version of the same engine combo was still rated at 165hp.

The 1985 Mustang 5.0 used stainless steel tubular headers feeding into a single catalytic converter and dual tail pipes. This exhaust greatly improved scavenging of the exhaust gases – increasing horsepower by 45hp (27%) and torque by 20ft-lbs.

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Performance Statistics
1985 Horsepower Torque 0-60 1/4 Mile
2.3L 4 Cyl 88 @ 4,800 rpm 122 @ 2,800 rpm n/a n/a
3.8L V6 120 hp @ 3,600 rpm 205 @ 1,600 rpm n/a n/a
5.0L HO V-8 EFI 165 @ 3,800 rpm 245 @ 2,000 rpm 7.2* 15.9 @ 91 mph
5.0L EFI V-8 4-BBL 210 hp @ 4,600 rpm 265 @ 3,400 rpm 6.4** 14.9 @ 91 mph
2.3L 4 Cyl Turbo SVO 175 @ 4,400 rpm 210 @ 3,000 rpm n/a n/a
*Road & Track (9/85) **Car and Driver (1/85)
Production Numbers Retail Prices
2dr Coupes:
3dr Hatchback:
2dr Convertible:
Total:
37,680
86,200
17,600
141,480
Coupe LX:
Hatchback LX:
Convertible LX:
Hatchback GT:
Convertible GT:
SVO:
$6,989.00
$7,509.00
$12,237.00
$10,224.00
$13,930.00
$14,806.00

1985 Mustang interior in Canyon red. This is another example of the entirely unhealthy obsession the automotive public and/or Detroit had with Pimp-Red interiors. Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot? 1985 Mustang interior in Canyon red. This is another example of the entirely unhealthy obsession the automotive public and/or Detroit had with Pimp-Red interiors. Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot?

Available Exterior Colors Interior Trim Colors
Paint Code Color
Black A Academy Blue
Bright Copper 2G Canyon Red
Dark Academy Blue 27 Charcoal
Dark Charcoal 3D Desert Tan
Desert Tan Poly 9N Oxford White / Blue
Light Academy Blue 9Q Oxford White / Charcoal
Light Canyon Red 1B Oxford White / Red
Light Desert Tan 38
Medium Canyon Red 24
Oxford White 61
Silver 3L
1984 Mustang VIN Decoder
Example: 1FA|B|P|27|W|6|E|F|100001 – Ford Motor Company
B – Restraint System
P – Passenger Car
27 – Body Code (See below)
W – Engine Code (See below)
6 – Check Code
E – Year (C=1984)
F – Plant (Dearborn)
100001 – Consecutive unit number
Engine Codes:
A – 2.3L 2V 4cyl 88hp
T – 2.3L EFI 4cyl Turbo 145hp
3 – 3.8 2V 6cyl 112hp
W – 2.3L EFI 4cyl Turbo 175hp SVO
M – 5.0L EFI 8cyl 165hp HO
M – 5.0L 4V 8cyl 175hp HO
Body codes:
26 – 2dr L/LX Coupe
27 – 3dr LX/GT Convertible
28 – 2dr L/LX/GT Hatchback
Location: Stamped on the plate which is riveted to the driver’s side of the dash, visible through windshield; the certification label is located on the rear face of the driver’s door.

Barn Find 1985 Mustang LX Coupe

Low miles, high expectations.