Say what you like, the Bullet Mustang, The 500GT, The 1966 Convertible (easy to upgrade to turn into a great handling muscle car that also has style and looks....wish I never sold mine), The 1969 428 Cobra Jet (was lied to and bought a 390 out of ignorance)..... BUT during the 1970's Mustang quality, power, mystique & name fell dramatically. During the 1980's American muscle cars were becoming more joke than germane. That was until the 1987 5.0 Mustang shocked the American Muscle car wars back into life. Chevy IROC's & Corvettes were getting beaten (depending on the driver) on the 0 to 60 drag by the 1987 5.0 Mustangs which cost near half as much. The result?...... The REBIRTH of American Muscle car wars. I personally loved the useful aspect of my 1987 5.0 LX. Lowered the back seats, stuffed the back with camping gear, attached a removable hitch for 2 jetski's and I'd lower them into the water next to some guy in his jacked up 4X4 pickup.(the looks I got...lol) While 275HP isn't so awesome today, 300 foot pounds of tork ain't easy to come by and a stock 5 speed 5.0 (302) can still handle her own better than many newer cars, not to mention handle the corners nicely. 1987 5.0 Mustang may not be the most powerful but she is the ONE that revived the American muscle car wars. The following year, Corvette jacked up their under the hood power to a more respectable measure...... and the war was on! On a side note, good luck finding a stock 1987-89 mustang. Every teenager with a blow torch thought they were Einsteins of body work with em and NOW?..... let us just say, I had to fly from California (not the state it used to be) to Pennsylvania and drive it back just to get an unmolested black 5 speed w/T-tops (which don't leak) that also didn't look like it went though an ultraviolet shower for 20 yrs. Loved the 80MPH speed limits of some states.....so civilized.
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As some folks have mentioned in the other comments, the biggest problem with this nice car was GM not supporting it and certainly the Cadillac division not treating its owners the way they should treat someone who purchases a car with a real price tag. I always liked it and I'm grateful that it was built because that gave Pontiac a shelf full of nice rear ends to use when building the Solstice on a budget and short time table. Sadly the same differential leaks people found in this Cadillac were installed at no extra charge in the Solstices 😉
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