From rare and excusive Shelby products to later SVOs, the Mustang camp has always provided it’s fans with a whole portfolio of unique options and industrial-strength powertrains that become instant classics as soon as they hit the showroom floor. While cars like the Boss 429 or the GT350 may have added to the Mustang’s performance legacy, cars like this pristine 2001 Mustang GT convertible remain the marque’s bread and butter. Combining comfort, performance, and all-around usability into one attractive package, this convertible sports options like traction control and Ford’s killer Mach 460 audio system. Driven just 28,341 actual miles since leaving the showroom, this versatile pony car looks and feels new in every way imaginable. If you’re looking for a pristine Mustang to preserve or enjoy, this is a great choice.
The 2001 model year saw Ford working within their ‘New Edge’ design theme. Authored by Jack Telnack, former Ford VP of Design, the theme brought intersecting arcs, surface tension, and an array of new creases to the company’s passenger car lineup. For the Mustang, it meant a visual return to muscle. The first-generation influence is obvious from all sides but the mix of chiseled lines and sharply curved angles allowed the car to maintain its modern identity. This low-mileage GT wears a nicely maintained coat of Oxford White, sprayed by the folks at the Dearborn, Michigan assembly plant. Assembly line work has come a long way, so the finish looks great and panel fitment is great all around. When the weather acts up, a tan convertible top comes to the rescue, protecting the interior and complementing the light hue below.
Step in for a closer look to find the Mustang’s aggressive nature translated through the car’s details. At the front, a monochromatic fascia envelopes driving lights and vents while wrap-around headlights frame a classic pony logo set against a black grille. Above the grille, the hood rises around a single functional scoop, calling on a classic muscle car styling cue. All the glass carries Ford stamps and all the surrounding pieces present as new. From the side, first-generation Mustang influence continues with GT badges on the fenders and side scoops terminating in faux vents in the quarters. Despite the old-school inspiration, painted door handles and monochromatic trim keep the view totally modern. Out back, a spoiler shades a decklid-mounted third brake light which supplements a set of segmented taillights. A final GT badge sits opposite of a blue oval while dual slash-cut exhaust tips extend beneath cutouts in the rear bumper.
The Mustang has long been the champion of budget performance cars and much of that has to do with the rock solid base engines Ford fits between the fenders. Pop the hood on this GT and you’ll find a low-mileage example of the venerable 4.6L mod motor. While this engine made its first appearances in Lincoln Town Cars and Ford Crown Vics, it’s gone on to become a trusted ally on the highway, drag strip, and road course. This proven mill utilizes sequential fuel injection, two camshafts, free-flowing heads, an aggressive cam profile and a rugged iron block to create an unbeatable combination of smooth cruising and spirited performance. With the exception of Magnaflow mufflers the mill remains stock but with 260hp and 302lb ft of torque, “stock” isn’t a bad word either. The car starts on the first try, idles well and retains all the good manners installed by the factory. With just over 28,000 miles on the clock, the engine is ripe for modification or a few more decades of casual cruising – the choice is yours!
Get this pony on a lift and you’ll find a well-preserved undercarriage with rock solid panels and a few upgrades hiding among the stock pieces. In the center, a Tremec T3650 five-speed manual transmission offers full access to the 4.6’s power while the stock 8.8-inch rear axle puts it to the ground. Around that driveline, Ford engineering is on full display. Handling and overall refinement were a central focus for the New Edge cars and it shows in the details such as fully boxed side rails, front and rear sway bars, and a slightly wider rear track than the 1994-1998 models. The suspension remains in its stock configuration but takes well to curves thanks to power rack-and-pinion steering and an anti-lock brake system that clamps down on four-wheel disc brakes. This ‘01 does have the optional traction control system so you can feel at ease no matter who is driving. At the corners, 17-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in 245/45/ZR17 Pirelli tires cap off the car’s aggressive look.
Between the doors, an attractive tan interior offers a great balance between daily and high performance needs. The leather bucket seats are firm and supportive, showing minimal wear overall. Between them, the center console features a storage space, a pair of cup holders, and most importantly, makes room for the shifter. From the driver seat, a set of factory gauges keep tabs on the 4.6, monitoring fuel, water temperature, speed, revs, voltage and oil pressure. To the right, controls for air conditioning and the killer six-disc Mach 460 audio system are within easy reach, just above the defroster and traction control buttons. The distinctively-shaped dashboard is in great shape and free of cracks and scratches. From the ground up, all the soft surfaces retain their showroom charm thanks to an easy, well-maintained life. Behind the rear seat, the surprisingly large trunk makes room for one more wheel should you encounter a flat tire.
The sale of this 2001 Ford Mustang GT convertible includes the original owner’s manual.
Even the baddest production Mustangs have been great cars capable of daily driving duties. This 2001 GT doesn’t vary from that path whatsoever. From the clean looks to the driver-friendly interior, this is the kind of muscle car you can truly live with. Factor in the low-mileage motor and slick-shifting five-speed and this pony car just keeps looking better. If you always liked the New Edge lines but never found the right one, don’t miss out on this ’01 GT!