Data for 1981:

1981 Mustang Body Styles:

The 1981 Mustang saw mainly refinements to its options list as well as an over 20% increase in price across the board. The turbocharged four-cylinder was dropped, a five-speed manual overdrive gear box was offered, a Tracktion-Lok rear axle was new as well as a T-roof, reclining bucket seats, and power windows. As in 1980, the two main option packages included the Ghia and Cobra. This was the last year for the Cobra option package priced in 1981 at $1588 and came with 190/65R-390 TRX tires, forged metric aluminum wheels, a 8000rpm tachometer, two tone paint, Cobra tape treatment, hood scoop, sport exhaust, dual black sport mirrors, black bumper guards, dual accent stripe body side moldings, and black moldings around the windows. A Cobra package taping delete option existed to save $65 but the special, large Cobra hood decal was an additional $95 option. A special sports package was offered which upgraded the engine, exhaust, blackout treatment, and added hatchback louvers or rag carriage coup top. An economically priced "S" model coupe package same with limited trim options. Two tone paint options continued but most required a black lower color except for Medium Pewter over Light Pewter, Red over White, and White over Bittersweet.

1981 Mustang Paint Color Codes:

1981 Mustang Engine Codes:

1981 Mustang VIN Decoder:

Manufacturer: 1FA = Ford Motor Company USA Ford Passenger Car

Safety: B = Active Seat Belts

P10/P14 = Coupe
P12 = Coupe Ghia
P13 = Hatchback Ghia
P15 = Hatchback (inc, Cobra)

A = 2.3L 86hp SOHC 4-Cyl
B = 3.3L 94hp 6-Cyl
D = 4.2L 115hp V8

Check Digit: 0-9 or X

Year: B = 1981

Assembler: F = Dearborn, Michigan

Unit Number: 1981 Mustangs start at 100001

The VIN number is on top edge of the dash on the driver's side visible through the windshield.

1981 Mustang Special Models:

See Data for Other Years