Data for 1983:

1983 Mustang Body Styles:

In 1983 the Mustang convertible came back after being gone for nine years. The convertible was a 1983 midyear introduction and only came in the GLX trim package; but had an electric top, a real glass rear window, and a comfortable back seat. Reluctant to make the manufacturing change, Ford used Cars & Concepts of Brighton, Michigan to convert steel topped coupes from the factory into these convertible. The grille on all models became smaller between the two more deeply recessed headlights allowing for a strip of body color to return between. More power was under the hood when the 2.3L 4-cylinder was upgraded with a more efficient one barrel carburetor; the old inline-6 was replaced with an "Essex" 3.8L V6 which improved the horse power from 87 to 105; the turbocharger returned on the 2.3L 4-cylinder replacing the 4.2L V8 with 25 more horse power; and a new four-barrel carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, a high-flow air cleaner, and valve-train modifications pushed the 5.0L V8 from 157 to 175hp. All tires also increased by at least one size in 1983. Even with all these changes, 1983 saw the lowest number of Mustangs sold to date at 120,873.

1983 Mustang Paint Color Codes:

1983 Mustang Engine Codes:

1983 Mustang VIN Decoder:

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

Safety: B = Active Seat Belts

P26 = Coupe
P27 = Convertible
P28 = Hatchback

A = 2.3L 90hp SOHC 4-Cyl
3 = 3.8L 105hp V6
T = 2.3L 145hp SOHC 4-Cyl Turbo
F = 5.0L 175hp V8

Check Digit: 0-9 or X

Year: D = 1983

Assembler: F = Dearborn, Michigan

Unit Number: 1983 Mustangs start at 100001

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

1983 Mustang Special Models:

See Data for Other Years