I graduated college in the summer of '89 and after obtaining a full-time salaried position along with my savings (didn’t have no college debt as I worked my way through), I had to have an '89 SC. My dealer did not have any, but could get one from a dealer in Alabama that had 3 they were trying to get rid of. Red (5 speed), white, and blue (both automatics). I thought I wanted the red 5 speed, but the salesman asked if I wanted to come along as the “runner” just to make sure. The 5 speed was fun, but I could tell it would get old and I fell in love with the Twilight blue. It changed color depending on the light and was gorgeous. After I broke in the motor, I was off to Saturday night and Sunday afternoon drag racing in the street class. Only modification was a K&N filter, but my SC would smoke 5.0L Camaros and Mustangs and especially the 5 speed XR7 and other SC. Always figured mine may had been a little more hp than advertised but I never had it dyno’d.
I loved that T-bird (was my 2nd after my 83 I bought used after HS). But when I moved to Atlanta, I decided I needed something newer as it had 97,000 very hard driven miles. With no issues other than figuring out why the supercharger did not work on Monday after racing that weekend. The dealership couldn’t figure it out, but I was getting water into the vacuum line and it would settle in the drum overnight.
From the computerized suspension, the active aerodynamics, the lumbar and gripping seats, fuel mileage (I got 25 plus on the highway), and the power. It was an overlooked gem.