The Classic of '80s Muscle: 1988 Mustang LX Convertible

An old-school example of Mustang chic, gets a second lease on life.

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Tamara Reynolds

Owner: Rich Kupelian / Location: Nashville, Tennessee / Found On: Craigslist / Purchase Price: $7,000 / Months Owned: Nine

When I was in high school, the sound of these Mustangs had me hooked. It’s unique, this big V-8 in this tiny car. I’ve always wanted one, but time got away from me and I forgot about them.

When I got married, I wanted to get a car. You always hear stories about older couples and the car they drove as newlyweds. I saw one of these on the road. It reminded me of my childhood, and it was a car that my wife and I could both enjoy. The convertible wasn’t my first choice. I wanted the notchback or the hatchback, but this one had really good pictures on Craigs­list, so I went down and looked at it. I put the top down and it felt good. Nobody has the convertibles. Nobody really modifies the convertibles. Plus, I love the red interior. Black has no flavor. Red has a timeless racing feel. The car is different.

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Owner Rich Kupelian in his 1988 Mustang LX Convertible
Tamara Reynolds

I always loved modifying, making a car my own. I used to love turning wrenches myself. But now—no. I have a friend who does it for me. He enjoys it and we’re both happy. So far, I’ve lowered it, put bigger remakes of pony wheels on, and a full exhaust. I want to change out the cooling system and put new gears in the back end, but I don’t want to make it too unreliable.

The drives are fun. I get stopped everywhere. People realize they haven’t seen a Fox-body in a long time. It takes them by surprise and the memories start coming: Back in my day I had one. It’s cool to jog people’s memory just by being somewhere. My favorite part is cruising with my wife with the top down, watching people look at the car.

I always say everything’s for sale, but I would love to get to the point where I can tear down the car and restore it. For now, I’m just driving to see where it goes. I can’t think of the last time I saw a Fox-body until I got mine. That promotes me wanting to keep it longer. It has already formed a special spot in my heart.


This article appeared in the June 2019 issue of Seniorhelpline. You can .

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