Published on October 8th, 2012 | by BajaBusta8
1989 Ford Probe GT Turbo Test Drive
Buy American for Japanese quality.
The Probe was officially launched in North America on May 12 1988. Originally, Ford intended to replace the venerable Mustang with the Probe. However, the Mustangs continued sales success and its numerous fans dissuaded Ford form pulling the Mustang off the market. The Probe took its name from various styling exercises conducted by Ghia, the famous Turin styling firm (then owned by Ford), and which guided its aerodynamic revolution. The Probe, which is made at Flatrock Michigan was the first Ford cooperative effort with Mazda. The Japanese furnished the base structure and drive train while the Americans carried out the design and provided the dealer network. Based on the 626/MX6 sports coupe, it is distinctly Japanese in spirit inside and out and displays very little traditional American influence. With Mazda involved in both the design and construction, the Probe was a car with an abundance of charm and good features. Ford could then sell a “Made in the USA” product Japanese style.