1 of 247: 1989 ASC McLaren Mustang Roadster – Sold?
October 22nd Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330
While the McLaren name today is synonymous with supercars and Formula One, in the mid-1980s the company looked to leverage its already significant racing heritage by offering improved versions of certain performance cars. One example of 247 happens to be this Candy Red Metallic 1989 ASC McLaren Mustang originally listed in September 2020 on Craigslist in Conowingo, Maryland where the current caretaker is asking $10,500. According to the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool, this asking price sits just below the midpoint of the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $7,575, $11,800, $16,900, respectively.
In the early 1980s, American Sunroof Company (“ASC”) was a growing “OEM” (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in the automotive industry doing convertible conversions and other limited editions of several different cars. ACS’s relationship with the McLaren engine development branch of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing spawned a Capri coupe in the McLaren colors of blue and orange. That limited edition car started the ASC McLaren series on the Fox-platform Mustangs and Capris built from 1984 through 1989.
Enter Peter Muscat. He was an free-lancing engineer who knew ASC founder Heinz Prechter. Peter came up with the idea of developing a two-seat roadster based on Mercury’s version of the Fox-Body Mustang, the Capri. Prechter loved the idea and ASC took over the concept and developed it for series production with buy-in from McLaren to provide a number of styling and performance enhancements.
The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel has their review of the very similar 1986 ASC McLaren Capri posted:
About the only thing we don’t like about this rare Mustang is that it’s equipped with an automatic. Otherwise, this ASC represents RADWood-eligible royalty that will likely get you top billing at one of their events. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1989 ASC Mclaren, Very rare car. Only 2 seat Mustangs ever produced #192 of 247 produced in 1989, 1 of 9 red on red, beautiful car. Marti report included only 43000 miles, never modified, 5.0 automatic, cold a/c, p/s p/b p/w. everything works as it should. runs and drives great. 10500.00“
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