HEN DARRYL BUCKNER OF GOOSE CREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA, PURCHASED THIS '85 LTD/LX FROM A USED CAR DEALER IN 1991, HE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT 19 YEARS LATER IT WOULD GRACE THE PAGES OF MUSCLE MUSTANGS & FAST FORDS AS A 9-SECOND FEATURE CAR. IN FACT, HE DIDN'T SEE IT AS A PERFORMANCE CAR AT ALL.
"The car started out as a cheap family car, and a necessity," Darryl tells us. "I purchased it for $1,200 with a knock in the bottom end, and after pulling the motor, I found a clogged oil-pump pick-up tube. I replaced the pick-up tube and drove the car for three years." Little did he know the rarity of his funky Fox or the original purpose of it. For that, we have to rewind to 1983.
Pontiac and Chevrolet had recently released the B000 STE and Celebrity Eurosport respectively to compete with European carmakers like BMW and Audi, which were picking up steam at that time. Ford's answer, you ask? The LTD/LX.
Performance meets practicality. That was the slogan Ford used for the Euro-styled sports sedan that it introduced in 1984—the LTD/LX. Only produced for a couple of years, it was Ford's short-production attempt at a sporty four-door.
Aside from the badges, the only exterior differences from the standard LTD were blacked-out trim, different wheels and tires, and a dual-tip exhaust pipe. Under the hood, though, is where the LX shined, with a 5.0L HO powerplant mated to an AOD.
The 165hp CFI 5-liter was standard on the LX and not available in any other version of the LTD. Other performance features include
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