1987 Mustang GT smoke poly

The redesigned 1987 Mustang had a style that defined the modern muscle-car. The changes were as much about aero efficiency as they were about looks. The beloved four-eyed headlamps were replaced with single-piece Euro lenses. The bumper cover was completely redesigned. The GT nose incorporated a full valence, and the extended hood fitted even with the bumper gap to greatly improve coefficient of drag.

The 1987 5.0 V8 retained the Speed Density sequential multiple-port fuel injection (SEFI) but horsepower and torque numbers were up. Ford used a different head, the E7TE-6049-PA / E5TE-6049-PA which provided a much better combustion area. Horsepower was now rated 225 @ 4,400 RPM and 300 ft-lbs of torque were available at 3,000 RPM.

The Mustang was available as a coupe, hatchback and convertible in LX trim. GT trim was available only for hatchback and convertible. Ford sold over 64,000 5.0L Mustangs in 1987 – mostly GT hatchbacks. Units produced: LX 5.0 coupe/4,888, hatchback/9,642, convertible/2,073, GT hatchback/37,056, convertible/10,451.

Performance Statistics
1987 Horsepower Torque 0-60 1/4 Mile
2.3L 4 Cyl 90 @ 3,800 rpm 122 @ 2,600 rpm n/a n/a
5.0L EFI V-8 225 hp @ 4,400 rpm 300 @ 3,000 rpm 6.3** 14.7 @ 94 mph
**Car and Driver (6/87) 3.08 optioned Traction-Lok. Top speed 137mph.
Production Numbers Retail Prices
2dr Coupes:
3dr Hatchback:
2dr Convertible:
Coupe LX:
Hatchback LX:
Convertible LX:
Hatchback GT:
Convertible GT:

In 1987 the Mustang received a redesigned interior. Paddle switches flanked both sides of the instrument cluster. Improvements included power-adjustable lumbar support with adjustable thigh and side bolsters, reclining seat backs and 4-way adjustable headrests.

Some notable options were available in 1987. It was the last year a T-top was offered ($1,618 GT / $1,798 LX,) a flip-up sunroof ($355) and louvers were available from the factory. The premium sound system was a $168 option, but if you wanted to go full ‘Risky Business’ the graphic equalizer cost another $218.

1987 Mustang GT interior scarlet red

The pimp-red interiors just keep coming in the 80’s. This is a scarlet red interior of the 1987 Mustang GT. Pimping aint easy.


Available Exterior Colors Interior Trim Colors
Paint Code Color
Black 1C Blue
Bright Regatta Blue 7H Sand Beige
Dark Sable 8Y Scarlet
Jonquil 6H Smoke
Medium Cabernet 2H Oxford White / Blue
Medium Scarlet 2D Oxford White / Scarlet
Medium Shadow Blue 3R Oxford White / Smoke
Oxford White 9L
Sand Beige 8L
Shadow Blue 7B
Smoke 1K
Smoke Poly 1D
1987 Mustang VIN Decoder
Example: 1FA|B|P|40|M|6|H|F|100001 – Ford Motor Company
B – Restraint System
P – Passenger Car
40 – Body Code (See below)
M – Engine Code (See below)
6 – Check Code
H – Year (H=1987)
F – Plant (Dearborn)
100001 – Consecutive unit number
Engine Codes:
A – 2.3L EFI 4cyl 88hp
M – 5.0L EFI 8cyl 225hp HO
Body codes:
40 – 2dr LX
41 – 3dr LX
42 – 3dr GT
44 – 2dr Convertible
45 – 2dr GT Convertible
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.
1987 Mustang LX 5.0l coupe and hatchback

The 1987 Mustang LX was available as a grocery getter and as a sleeper.