Friday, May 18, 2012

1990 ASC / McLaren Mustang - 1 of 65

I've previously written about the ASC/ McLaren Capri. (You can find a post here.) After Mercury discontinued the Capri, ASC (American Sunroof Corporation) started modifying the virtually identical Mustang. (McLaren, who was very well known for their race cars, was brought in by ASC to tweak the suspension. Their involvement beyond that was minimal.)

Unlike the Ford built Mustang convertible, the ASC / McLaren is a 2 seater. The top folds nicely and neatly below a metal cover. Other differences include lower body moldings and a unique rear spoiler. Unfortunately, the drive train was basically the same as the stock Mustang. (Not that that's bad. It's just that more power is never a bad thing. I wonder how much more horsepower McLaren could have wrung from the engine if they had gotten involved with the drive train, too.)

This is a rare car. The ASC / McLaren Mustang was built between 1987 and 1990. It was expensive and not heavily advertised. Its popularity peaked in 1988, when 1015 were sold. In 1990 a disagreement between Peter Muscat, the original designer of the ASC / McLaren Capri, and ASC over licensing and royalties brought the car's run to an end. Just 65 were built in its last year.

This car appears to be in nice shape. The asking price of $7990.00 is realistic.

Located in Panama City, FL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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