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1985 Ford Mustang GT

1985 Mustang GT

The 1985 Mustang GT was nearly identical to the 1986 Mustang GT on the exterior. However, there are numerous and important differences between the years. In particular, the 1985 Mustang GT was the final year of the carbureted 5.0L engine.

The exterior of the Mustang GT was quite similar to previous years with a minor grill change and some new GT badging options. Color choices were varied and all GT Mustangs received the 10 hole aluminum wheels with the Gatorback tires developed by Goodyear. Included on GT's were GT badging in front of the rear wheels, hood strip, front and rear spoiler, and fog lamps.

The interior of the Mustang GT was also a carryover from previous years and featured large circular gauges and an 85mph speedo.

1985 Mustang GT Interior

The big news for 1985 was the addition of 35 horsepower! This was accomplished through the use of a 600 cfm (cubic feet per minute) Holley carburetor with a dual snorkel air cleaner, high lift roller camshaft, tubular exhaust, forged pistons, and a better flowing exhaust system. Automatic owners were stuck with a wheezy one year only CFI system so the Holley version was reserved for those who chose a 5 speed overdrive manual transmission.

1985 Mustang 5.0L HO Engine

In order to make the Mustang a better handler on the road the sway bar sizes were increased and larger wheels and tires were used. The major weak spot for the 1985 Mustang was the small 7.5 inch axle which was available with 2.73 (standard) or 3.08 gears.

1985 also featured the second year of the SVO Mustang. The car was built on a fox body platform but featured many high tech features not currently found on Mustangs. It featured a turbo charge 2.3L motor delivering 210hp. The exterior received special enhancements such as unique aerodynamic chin spoilers, wheels, and a hood scoop. The interior also featured custom seating, steering wheel, and a host of other unique options such as a high and low boost switch. The suspension was also upgraded and used koni shocks and struts and four wheel disc brakes. The lower weight of the 4 cylinder engine and the upgraded suspension made for a very solid handling and performing vehicle.

Models: GT, LX, convertible, SVO

These cars nowadays have really held their value if in good original condition. If you're looking for an 85 Mustang for sale, I'm sure you'll find a wide variety of prices and conditions. Cars in excellent shape can sell for top dollar. There is quite the following for these Fox body Mustangs.

1985 Mustang GT Specifications


Engine 5.0L (302cid) OHC V8 (iron block- 2 Valve Heads) with 600 cfm Holley 4V (5 speed) or CFI (AOD)
Displacement 302 cid
Horsepower 210 @ 4000 or 180hp (CFI)
Torque 270 @ 3000 or 260 (CFI)
Compression 8.4.1 to 1
Fuel Premium (91+ octane)
Exhaust aluminized steel. LX models featured chrome tips
Transmission 5 speed T-5 or 4 speed automatic AOD
Final drive ratio 2.76:1 , 3.08:1. 3.27:1 (automatic)


Front Independent, modified McPherson strut with Separate spring on lower arm and stabilizer bar
Front springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear Four-bar link with coil springs on lower arm
Rear springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear shocks Gas pressurized hydraulic (4 shocks in total)
Sway bars front: 26.5 mm, rear 23mm
Steering power assisted rack and pinion with 15.3:1 ratio
Front brakes 10 inch rotors
Rear brakes 9 inch drums
Wheels 15 by 7 inch ten hole aluminum wheels
Tires P225/60ZR15 Goodyear Gatorbacks

Interior Dimensions

Head Room (Front/Rear): 38.1/35.5
Leg Room (Fr/Rr): 42.6/29.9
Shoulder Room (Ft/Rr): 53.6/52.1
Hip Room (Ft/Rr): 52.8/47.4

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight: 3160 lbs
Weight Distribution: 59/41
Wheelbase(Ft/Rr): 100.5
Track (Ft/Rr): 56.6/57.0
Length: 179.3
Width: 69.1
Height: 52.1

Capacity & Volume

Cargo Volume (EPA/Mfr): 11/10.9
Fuel Capacity: 15.4 gal
Seating (Std.): 5

Consumer Information

Assembly Plant Dearborn MI, USA
Air bags N/A
Price $12,145 - $14,250


1/4 Quarter Mile 14.9 @ 92 mph
0-60 mph 6.6 seconds
Top speed N/A



42,428 (GT)

GT Colors Black
Bright Red
Light Regatta Blue Metallic
Medium Canyon Red Metallic
Medium Charcoal Metallic
Oxford White
Silver Metallic


1984 Mustang Top


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