Ford’s first American-built front-wheel-drive compact car was so much better than the miserable Pinto it replaced that it sold in huge quantities. The first-generation GT wasn’t especially quick, but it looked cool (by 1980s standards) and probably swiped a few sales away from the Civic Si and Volkswagen GTI. Nearly all of the pre-Mazda Escort GTs wore out, depreciated to oblivion, and got crushed during the 1990s, but I still see the occasional example in wrecking yards these days. Here’s one that I spotted in Northern California in December.
It looks much like a contemporary Fox Mustang, which was a pretty quick car by the last 1980s.
The 1.9 liter engine made 108 horsepower, which wasn’t bad in 1988.
It fits right in with the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe and Taurus.
Who wouldn’t want a “carefully selected” interior?
There must be a story behind this afterthought-looking warning sticker on the HVAC controls.