8,000 Original Miles: 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 ASC McLaren – SOLD!
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June 22, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Rare and limited production do not necessarily always converge to make a car priceless. We certainly hope that those qualities are only used to describe a vehicle that is desirable on some level, but it’s not always the case. The Ford Mustang ASC McLaren lives in a middle ground of sorts, as it is undoubtedly a low-production muscle car with some interesting pedigree but it has yet to crack anyone’s top 10 list of “Most Desirable 1980s Cars.” This particular 1987 ASC McLaren originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in central New Jersey has just 8,000 original miles and presents as-new with an asking price of $22,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com profile for this model shows us an average sale price of $21,346 and the most recent sale of $19,500, so the seller’s ask isn’t terribly far off.
Rare Mustangs are generally a sure-fire collectible. After all, you have the Hertz edition Shelbys; the variety of Saleen-modified cars over the years; SVT’s own Cobra; the list goes on and on. And with some of those models in mind, you can confidently say that collectors love special ‘Stangs. But the ASC converted Mustangs have never quite caught on in the same way despite having all of the proverbial boxes checked. After all, they are limited production models with a variety of desirable upgrades like a Recaro interior and BBS-style wheels. The complicated top mechanism is a take-it-or-leave-it affair and a reminder that no one does convertibles better than the factory. When Ford agreed to have ASC manufacture its Fox-body convertible, I imagine a factory-built drop-top seemed like it was much further away than it was; one could even argue Ford killed off the ASC model before it ever really took off thanks to the introduction of its in-house design and a lower cost of entry than the exclusive McLaren. To this day, they remain held in very high esteem by owners who seemingly never got over the fact that their short-lived convertible has remained somewhat hidden from the collector car spotlight.
While the MotorWeek RetroReview YouTube Channel features a vintage road test of the ASC’s Mercury Capri version, this video provides a great overview of what ASC McLaren did to convert the cars:
The seller’s ASC McLaren is like so many others, which is to say in mint condition with low miles and plenty of superlatives. The McLaren conversions were sort of like the proverbial comic book or baseball card that every kid assumed the other one’s mom would throw in the trash; instead, they all kept them in mint condition under a hard plastic case. Despite being built in low quantities, it’s amazing how many ASCs still pop up for sale these days. I would honestly love to know how many have actually been destroyed or scrapped, as I would bet the number is in the single digits given the frequency with which we see these aftermarket conversions come to market. The seller claims his car is one of just 67 made in white-over-blue, and that it is almost all original with the exception of the battery and exhaust; it even rides on its original tires. Sadly, there is a rip in the top, but I can understand the seller’s reluctance to swap out an original part. This one isn’t cheap but does its clean condition justify the asking price?
Here’s the seller’s description:
“I’m testing the waters on this ULTRA RARE. or trade for an equal value vehicle. Asking $22,500 ( see last 2 pics for what other sellers’ prices are. save thousands!!) And this car is all original with the lowest carfax verified miles )
1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 ASC Mclaren Fox-body
auto with only 8k miles!Yes! 8,000!! Carfax Verified!!
Clean NJ TITLE with my Name on it.
Super RARE #129 of 467, and 1 only of 67 with the white and Blue leather interior.
Interior Looks new. Drives excellent!
Super clean. All original except for exhaust and Battery.. Still has its original tires!
Engine is so clean, Can literally eat of it.
No dings, no dents, no scratches. Been stored and driven for 200 miles the past 2 years.
Convertible top has a 2” rip that has been patched ( see last pic )
Turn key car, no Issues. Drive and go anywhere, or to the CARSHOWS
Car show award winner..”
ASC droptop: should these limited-production models join the ranks of the most desirable Mustangs?