The only significant body part that has not been discussed up to date is the rear spoiler. Depending on trim level and year, there are many different wings that Ford equipped on the Mustang. LX hatchback models featured a small wing at the back (I always think of it as a lip, as it resembles a small ramp) whereas GT models had a larger spoiler planted on the back. Notchback models could make a wall jealous, as their trunks were flat as flat could be, with no spoiler at all. Convertible models featured a functional luggage rack on the trunk lid. But, that is enough history. What we want to examine is restoration options.
Quite frankly, on LX and GT models, the spoilers ‘wear’ fairly well. In my experience, these stock spoilers seem almost immune to rust, thus hardly ever needing repair. Thus when it comes to restoration, the majority of them only need be sanded and repainted. So, the real question begs, do you want a different style?
There is a fine line between aggressive and overly tacky – and no muscle car owner wants to fall into the latter category. Aftermarket manufacturer Cervini has procured several wing styles, modeled after limited production Mustangs, to slap on the trunk if you’re seeking an alternative look. Offered is a reproduction wing from the 1993 Cobra or, a reproduction from the limited edition Saleen Fox Mustangs.
If either of those styles are a bit too bold for your tastes, many enthusiasts go with what is simply labeled a ‘sport’ wing. Less extravagant and with smoother lines, the sport wing is an extremely popular choice amongst convertible owners.
All of these wings come unpainted, are made of durable fibreglass and feature provisions for a third brake light. Take it to your local body guy, have it sprayed the color of your choice and bolt it in place. Install is pretty simple, however some wings may have slightly different or additional mounting points, so you may have to take a drill to ‘ye old trunk.