ABOVE & BELOW: 1986 was the first year for the third brake light (CHMSL or Center High-Mounted Stop Light), but where do you put it on a convertible? On the new-for-’86 luggage rack, of course.
ABOVE & BELOW: The 1986 Ford Mustang GT was basically carried over from the 1985 model, with very few changes. The 85-86 look was decidedly heavier & more muscular than the ’84-and-earlier Mustangs, which looked smaller and more delicate, even though they were the same body shell. This 2-year window would also be the last before the big changes that took place in 1987, with the new ‘Aero-look’ and true multi-port EFI.
ABOVE: The 1986 Ford Mustang GT was the last to feature standard seal beam headlights. Every Mustang after ’86 would use composite headlights. The flat black hood actually served a purpose: to cut sun glare into the driver’s eyes.
BELOW: These handsome wheels are known as “10-holes” and they only came in 15″.
1986 Ford Mustang GT SPECIFICATIONS
Bore & Stroke
Fuel system, manual trans
Fuel system, auto trans
1986 Ford Mustang GT
Ford Fox-body, 3rd-generation Mustang
OHV 90-degree V8 Ford Windsor Small Block V8
4942cc (5.0L) / 301.6 ci (302)
4.0″ X 3.0″ / 101.6mm X 76.2mm
1X 4-barrel carburetor
200 hp @ 4000 rpm (w/manual trans)
285 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm (w/manual trans)
Modified struts w/coil springs
Live axle w/4 trailing arms & coil springs
10.0″ / 254mm vented discs, power assisted
9.0″ / 228mm drums
100.1″ / 2543mm
179.3″ / 4554mm
69.1″ / 1755mm
52.1″ / 1323mm
56.6″ / 1438mm
57.0″ / 1448mm
15.3 US gal / 58 liters
3,108 lbs / 1410 kg
225/60 VR15 Goodyear Gatorbacks
15.4 sec @ 93 mph
139 mph (theoretical 2, w/o governor)