We Found the First Fox-Body Mustang at NPD | VIN – 00001
Firsts are important. Your first car, the first man on the moon, the first man to break the sound barrier; you know them all by heart. But do you know where the first Fox-Body built now lives? We happened to stumble across that particular piece of history while strolling through the Mustang Alley section of National Parts Depot’s massive collection of 200+ cars.
This particular car is 2nd level cool. Taken on its own, it is completely unassuming. On the surface it appears to be just a well preserved example of an early Fox Mustang with several now-rare options. However, when you dive into the history the story gets a little deeper. This video covers the particulars:
The options and early build features of this car is what really makes it stand out to me. I can’t tell you the last time I saw a Fox Mustang with a color matched vinyl roof fitted with a sun-roof. The turbo-4 under the hood was an interesting engine option for the time, and it features a labyrinth of vacuum lines I would not want to have to navigate. It also has a cast iron air conditioning compressor. Little touches like that make a 93 Fox feel like a quantum leap forward in technology. Then there’s the interior.
I have never said this about any other car, but this one has to be smelled to be believed. The vinyl covered interior smells exactly like a fresh box of crayons. It’s also exceptionally well preserved for a car that formerly lived life as a daily driver. That leads into another story.
Check out that sunroof.
The Turbo-4 engine was around long before the SVO Mustang.
Believe it or not, there's a turbo hiding under all those vacuum lines.
Included with all the other options on this Mustang is the TRX Suspension Package. Coker still makes the metric tires for these wheels.
This car was originally purchased by Ford executive who drove it for a couple years, ultimately racking up 15-20,000 miles on the odometer. Unlike many cars in the NPD collection, this one has seen some time out on the street. To me, that makes it even more interesting. The manner in which NPD has preserved it makes it appear frozen in time. It looks like someone just cleaned it up and was getting ready to catch an early screening of The Empire Strikes Back or Raiders of the Lost Ark. It really is a time capsule.
Beyond being the first Fox Body Mustang (VIN – 000001 | not necessarily the first one to roll off the assembly line) built by the Detroit Mustang plant; it contains features, both prominent and hidden, that you’re not likey to see at a Fox-Heavy show like the NPD Sponsored Ponies in the Smokies. That’s why I like roaming the NPD warehouse/collection. It just oozes history and coolness in a level you don’t see very often. For many reasons, this one is special.
A manual trans and an 8-track deck, this is a proper business coupe.
This was damn nice interior for the time.
The vinyl roof is in incredible condition.
Jack Telnack, father of the Fox-Body, signed the hood back in the teens.
That's a lot of fan shroud in front of the little 2.3L engine.