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1986 Ford Tempo LX With 13K Miles Is A Proper Time Capsule

It isn’t terribly uncommon to come across low-mile cars from the last few decades, but they’re typically collector grade automobiles, sports cars, or exotics. This 1986 Ford Tempo recently listed for sale on Craigslist is none of those, of course, but that doesn’t make it any less of a find. In fact, to us, it’s even cooler, because you never – and we mean never – find old Tempos in this sort of condition.

We’ve all heard the stories about “grandma’s car,” and that seems to apply to this Ford Tempo, too. It was reportedly owned by a lady who only drove it on Saturdays, but now she’s sadly headed to a nursing home, so the car is up for grabs. It has been registered through this year, but reportedly has not been driven since 2013, and has a mere 13,213 miles on the clock today.

Prior to being sold, the seller went through the Tempo time capsule and added a new NOS Motorcraft fuel pump, gas filter, rebuilt throttle body, throttle position sensor, air filter, and spark plugs, so now it should be in tip-top running condition.

In addition to those parts, the seller also installed a new water pump, drive belt, left drive axle, temperature sender, fan sensor and switch, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, and wiper blades. Everything else reportedly functions perfectly, including the radio, lighting, clock, and air conditioning, which has been converted to R134.

The hood and decklid were repainted at one point because of some fading, and there’s a little bit of sun damage on the interior. But otherwise, this Ford Tempo is a truly amazing example, and likely the nicest Tempo on the planet today. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), this gem has already sold. If not, we’d probably be all over it.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    I had an Oxford White Tempo Sport 2-door with a stick shift as my first new car. At the time it was wonderful.

  2. Dave Mathers

    One of my most memorable (and successful) promotions happened when I brought in 100 1987 Topazs. The ad read – 100 Topazs, 1 price – $9,995!! Sold them out in two weeks and repeated it several times. Basic transportation at a reasonable price. Win/win.

    1. Rick J Madsen

      I surprised my sweet wife with a new 86 Tempo. Traded in her Camero.
      Shes still pissed at me 34 years later.

  3. Rick J Madsen

    I surprised my sweet wife with a new 86 Tempo. Traded in her Camero.
    Shes still pissed at me 34 years later.

  4. Gary.

    My wife also had a white 2 door sport 4 speed. She really liked that car put a lot of miles on it. The 2.3L ran well.😆

  5. John

    I’ve owned many Tempos, and I’d have loved to have brought this one home. I actually found it on craigslist before this article was published. Yep, that’s me, searching for something few other people appreciate.

    I had a 1992 Tempo LX V-6, it was a great little car that surprised many at how quick it was. The rest were 2.3L HSC engines, like this one, and they’re as reliable as the sun, from my experience.


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