Junkyard Find: 1987 Ford Taurus LX

Junkyard Find: 1987 Ford Taurus LX


Ford sold just under two million haircuts First-generation cows during the model years 1986 to 1991, so these cars still appear regularly car cemeteries I regularly. I will not bother to write the beginning of Taurus Sheep Chicken unless it is something fun, rare and / or strange, say, model MT-5 and manual gearbox or factory fire rod SHO or one Groovalicious Purple Princess of Peace Wagon– and today Junkyard Find it certainly graduates. That ugly look hooptie began life as a high-end Taurus LX with almost every possible, locally available option self-service yard in the Denver area soon.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, V6 logo cover - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesLX was king of Taurus in 1987, ruling GL, MT-5 and L. MSRP for this started at $ 14,613 (about $ 38,410 in 2022 dollars), while the Taurus L sedan was listed for $ 10,491 ($ 27,575 now). But, as we will see, this car is expensive away over $ 14,613 when first owner signed on the dotted line.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, digital instrument cluster - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesWe will start with the digital dashboard. I didn’t even know Taurus he was something like that until I know 1987 announcement of an Aromalyte air purifier powered by a cigarette lighter, which featured a fun 1980s dude driving a Ford car with a digital dashboard. This “electronic toolkit” costs an additional $ 351 ($ 922 today) and sits somewhere between Toyota Cressida Digital Dash and Subaru XT Digital Dash video game at Digital Dash Silliness Spectrum from the 1980s. This is the first group digital Taurus. I’ve seen it in person, but I didn’t buy it for myself nest egg collection.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado junkyard, taillight - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsWhy not I bought it, you ask? This poor car was completely discarded at the end of its roadblock, and I have enough experience with Ford’s 1980s electronics to know that there is certainly not a complex assembly like this group could last for many years with the onset of polarity, passengers vomiting missiles, angry fists punching the dashboard during traffic jams, neighbors’ glue-sniffing neighbors changing test bulbs using Vise-Grips only all the time. procedure, hantavirus– vector nests mounted on a cable connector, and all other abuses that must have taken place in the last years of this vehicle.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard, Red Tag - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAt one point, the last owner parked this Taurus on a ballot whose owner called a pull company, and that’s all he wrote.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado junkyard, right rear view - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsSomeone he did put a considerable amount of work into the three-color job of the rattle, which shows a certain level of passion for this famous Ford. Did he have a name?

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, HVAC controls - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesThe air conditioner was a standard device on the ’87 LX, but you had to pay an additional $ 183 ($ 481 today) for those electronic controllers.

1987 Ford Taurus LX at Colorado junkyard, cassette radio - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIf you wanted to do justice wonderful music of 1987, you could not get AM / FM’s basic LX radio (or refund $ 206 for the radio delete option). This $ 137 ($ 360 in 2022) cassette desk for automatic exchange with Dolby was a ticket.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard, Electric Antenna Switch - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesIf you wanted an electric antenna on your ’87 Taurus, you had to pay $ 76 ($ 200 now) and you had to use that switch to make that antenna work.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard, Buttons - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesFord a separate keyless entry system has existed since 1980 (and still exists today), and this car has. It cost 202 frog skins ($ 530 today).

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, power window buttons - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsMy reference books do not break the contents of Ford’s “precious option packages” for Taurus 1987, but I’m sure windows and power locks are included in both. When purchased individually, the cost was $ 491 ($ 1,290 after inflation).

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, left front view - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesFord Sajeev Mehta fan tells me that these corner lights are among the rare options in any early Taurus, and he felt very sad when I sent him pictures of this car. Since they were only 68 spondulix ($ 179 now), I do not understand why most Taurus buyers did not get them.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, console station - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesAs the selection and improvement progressed, I did not even look at things like a long-range fuel tank or heavy work suspension.

We can assume that the cost of buying this car must be very close to that of the new Lincoln Mark VII when the dust settled on the options list.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard, V6 Engine - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsOne thing that did not cost much on the ’87 Taurus LX is that it is 3.0 liters Vulcan V6estimated at 140 horsepower. Taurus Small received HSC 2.5 liters, which was two-thirds of the 1962 Thriftmaster straight-six.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard, Gear Shift - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe only Taurus that received hand shipping was the El Cheapo MT-5 (only available for model years 1985 to 1988) and high performance 1989-1995 SHO. In 1987, the LX sedan and all Taurus carriages received four-speed automatic and excessive driving, while other two-wheeled Taurus received three-speed automatic (unless their buyers bought a total of 672 greenbacks – 1,765 greenbacks current, which is – for that extra moving gear).

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado Scrapyard Fordland Dealer Dealer - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesThe car appears to be on sale in the area, from a dealer approximately 13 miles northwest of its last parking lot south of Denver. Crusher is easily located, as you would expect.

1987 Ford Taurus LX in Colorado scrapyard, front view - © 2022 Murilee Martin - The Truth About VehiclesI suspect this car was treated well in the hands of its first to third owners, but its value hit three digits about a decade ago and began to decline for a long time in its current state.

This car is so good, it won’t take you to cleaners … unless you want to go.

Cattle he did a later chapter in 1986 and 1987 (though Audi defeated Ford with a circular shape of waterproof windows)

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