1983 is an eventful year. The Mustang can be purchased as a convertible for the first time since 1973 and four trim packages are available. The 5.0 L V8 is one step closer to redefining the modern Pony Car while an EFI turbo option elicits praise from the media and pause from the public.

The convertible returns as a GLX or GT, while the L, GL, GLX were available as a 2-door coupe or 3-door hatch. The convertibles were not finished at the factory – actually, the cars left Dearborne as coupes. They were shipped to Cars & Concepts in neighboring Brighton Michigan for removal of the hard-tops, and installation of the convertible components.

GLX was the first trim package available as a convertible. Engine choices were between a 3.8 liter V6 or 5.0 liter V8. The GT convertible was available later in the year in very limited quantities. There were fewer than 1,000 cars available for sale in the U.S. (16 for Canada.)

The GT enjoyed refinements. A new Borg-Warner T-5 transmission and 3.27:1 ratio replaced the 3.08:1 rear gear mated with the old SROD 4-speed transmission. The rear stabilizer bar grew to .67” diameter. The most notable handling improvement came from the increase to a wider 205/70HR-14 tire size (220/55R390 for the Michelins.)

Performance Statistics
1983 Horsepower Torque 0-60 1/4 Mile
2.3L 4 Cyl 88 @ 4,800 rpm 118 @ 2,800 rpm n/a n/a
2.3L 4 Cyl Turbo 145 @ 4,600 rpm 180 @ 3,600 rpm n/a n/a
3.8L V6 112 hp @4,000 rpm 175 @ 2,600 rpm n/a n/a
5.0L HO V-8 175 @ 4,000 rpm 245 @ 2,400 rpm 8.2* 15.40 @ 90mph
Car and Driver (June, 1983) 8.1 0-60, 16.2 @ 86mph

Production Numbers Retail Prices
2dr Coupes:
3dr Hatchback:
2dr Convertible:Total:
Coupe L:
Coupe GL:
Hatchback GL:
Coupe GLX:
Hatchback GLX:
Convertible GLX
Hatchback GT:
Convertible GT:

1982 mustang GT interior for sale

Available Exterior Colors Interior Trim Colors
Paint Code Color
Black A Black / Charcoal
Bright Bittersweet 2G Medium Blue
Bright Red 27 Medium Red
Dark Blue Metallic 3D Walnut
Desert Tan Metallic 9N Opal / Blue
Light Desert Tan 9Q Opal / Black
Medium Charcoal Metallic 1B Opal / Red
Medium Light Cadet Blue 38 Opal / Walnut
Medium Red 24
Medium Yellow 61
Midnight Blue Metallic 3L
Polar White 9D
Silver Metallic 1G
Walnut Metallic SU
1983 Mustang VIN Decoder
Example: 1FA|B|P|27|F|6|D|F|100001 – Ford Motor Company
B – Restraint System
P – Passenger Car
12 – Body Code (See below)
D – Engine Code (See below)
6 – Check Code
C – Year (C=1982)
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
F – 5.0L 4V 8cyl 174hp HO
Body codes:
10 – 2dr L/GL Coupe
16 – 3dr GL/GT Hatchback
12 – 2dr GLX Coupe
13 – 3dr GLX 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.

1982 CHP Mustang SSP for saleSSP MUSTANGS :

In 1982 the California Highway Patrol took delivery of 406 pursuit Mustangs. The GL coupes were equipped with the revised 5.0 HO rated at 157 hp., a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 3.08:1 final gear ration. That may not sound like a lot of power these days, but in 1982 there weren’t many cars that could outrun the Mustang on the highway.

“Over the past eighteen years, Ford Mustang has earned the reputation as one of America’s favorite sports cars.

This year, when California’s Highway Patrol needed a fleet of 400 high-performance special pursuit vehicles to help keep their highways safe, 1983 Mustangs got the job. This pursuit Mustang, powered by a 5.0 liter, high-output engine accelerates from zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds.

Mustang’s rack and pinion steering, MacPherson struts, coil springs and anti-sway bar provide the kind of responsive, precise and safe road handling needed in pursuit operation.

In short, Ford Mustang means total driving performance.

There could be a Mustang in your future too. Even if you don’t chase Porsches for a living. There’s a Ford in America’s Future.” — Ford Advertisment 1982

One of the most credible sources for learning about CHP options and SSP Pursuit Mustangs is collector Mike Riley. Not only does he own the “First” SSP Mustang, he has an interesting story about the first test mule Ford used to develop the platform. His write-up at SSPmustang.org details some of the changes Ford introduced throughout the SSP Mustang’s service.


Wikipedia Ford Mustang
Ford Sales Brochure
The Official Mustang 5.0 1979 through 1993 Technical Reference & Performance Handbook, Kirshenbaum – Bentley Publishers
Fox-Body Mustang Recognition Guide 1979-1993, Shreiner & Sessler – T-5 Design