The Mustang GLX was back in 1983. It had initially replaced the luxury Ghia options package a few years earlier and sold well enough that Ford continued to offer it.
The ideal of a luxurious Mustang started with the long options list of the original ‘60s cars before becoming a true luxury model with the 1969 Grande hardtop. Although nearly any Mustang could be lavished with luxury options, the ideal of a consistent luxury model did not gain steam until the second generation.
The GLX could be had with the full range of engines that were available in Mustangs at the time, but a new 3.8 L V6 had become the most popular configuration. It was also available in notchback or hatchback body styles.
The 1983 Mustang GLX luxury package was mainly different from the base GL on the inside with dual bright remote control mirrors, wood grained trimmed 4-spoke steering wheel, metal rocker panel trim, driver’s door map pockets (the passenger was not allowed to read maps), and lighting group.
The GLX convertible included power brakes, tinted glass, black remote mirrors, black rocker panel trim, and automatic transmission. 1983 was the second and last year of the GLX.
Inside all GLX trimmed cars sported a faux woodgrain dash and four spoke steering wheels that either resembled the ones in the Thunderbird or a hole-in-the-spoke performance look. The shifter be it a four speed automatic or the rare 5 speed manual were console mounted. Leather seats were also an option. How close to the Thunderbird in feel depended on other options that could make the Mustang look like a wire wheeled competitor to the LeBaron or Riviera.
There was also the option of blackout trim with the same TRX wheels available on the GT. This configuration came very close to the Mercury Capri in its approach to “Euro styled” sophistication in a pony car.
Note, in 1984 both the base level GL and GLX was combined to form the base level LX.