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Junkyard Gem: 1984 Ford LTD Sedan

Ford extracted an incredible amount of money of price from its rear-wheel-travel Fox platform, which...

Ford extracted an incredible amount of money of price from its rear-wheel-travel Fox platform, which stayed in creation from the 1978 model 12 months via 2005 (if you take into consideration the SN95 Mustang to be a true Fox, as I do), and we do not have area right here to listing every solitary Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury model primarily based on the Fox all through that time period. Just about all Foxes took model names that began everyday living on before platforms, and the Fox LTD is no exception the very first LTD badges went on significant-conclusion Ford Galaxie 500s for 1965 and a regular parade of large, comfortable LTDs issued forth from Ford plants via the 1982 model 12 months. Present day Junkyard Gem in California is just one of the closing era of LTD, created only for the 1983 via 1986 model a long time and pretty tough to discover these days.

By 1984, the only sporty two-door Foxes out there were being the Mercury Cougar, Ford Mustang/Mercury Capri, Ford Thunderbird, and Lincoln Mark VII. If you required to glance like a satan-could-treatment rakehell form in a Fox sedan that 12 months, you needed to get the optional (for $117) Tu-Toneā„¢ Paint/Tape Treatment (just one ought to question if Tommy Tutone took his identify from a Ford brochure, or if Ford adopted the identify just after Tutone’s 1981 strike tune). This car seems to have Light-weight Wheat more than Vanilla Metallic paint, with gold tape stripes.

Just to confuse anyone, Ford made available a totally unrelated LTD Crown Victoria, primarily based on the Panther platform, in 1984. That LTD was large and ponderous, like the ’68 LTD coupe my grandparents drove when I was a child.

Fox LTD buyers could select between 4 engines for the 1984 model 12 months: the “Pinto” two.three-liter 4-cylinder, the three.three-liter Thriftmaster straight-6, the three.eight-liter Essex V6, and the five.-liter Windsor V8 (the factory-warm-rod LTD LX, which hardly anybody purchased, got a one hundred sixty five-horsepower edition of the five.). This car has the V6, rated at a respectable 120 horses.

Bench-seat sedans however sold perfectly enough in the middle 1980s, but their times were being numbered.

Pray for peace.

Bob Bondurant authorised of the Fox LTD’s managing on the torture keep track of.

Cal Worthington had an ’84 LTD with just 1,954 miles for just half the price tag of a brand-new just one! Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal.