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.
|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|
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.
|Available Exterior Colors||Interior Trim Colors|
|Bright Regatta Blue||7H||Sand Beige|
|Medium Cabernet||2H||Oxford White / Blue|
|Medium Scarlet||2D||Oxford White / Scarlet|
|Medium Shadow Blue||3R||Oxford White / Smoke|
|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
A – 2.3L EFI 4cyl 88hp
M – 5.0L EFI 8cyl 225hp HO
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.|