• Jul 1, 2009

1989 JBA Dominator GTA Mustang – Click above for an image gallery

The Fox body was hardly a high point in the history of the Ford Mustang. But every kingdom must have a king, and in the late-'80s and early-'90s this was it: the JBA Dominator GTA. Commissioned from J Bittle American by Ford in 1989, the Dominator took the pony car to new heights, installing what was likely the first independent rear suspension on a Mustang along with a long list of features that differentiated this custom muscle car from stock. The Lightning 351 engine features the iron heads from the GT40 and the intake manifold from a Cobra. A custom exhaust and aircraft-derived fuel system kept it breathing, while 17-inch rims obscured race-spec disc brakes at all corners.

The list goes on and on, and during its reign, the Dominator received plenty of media attention. The Mustang was featured on the cover of Road & Track in November 1989 in a shoot-out against other factory-backed custom muscle cars and went on to star in various hot-rodding and Ford-specific magazines. The JBA even has its own website, which will transfer to the buyer willing to pony up the $34,500 asking price for this piece of Mustang tuning history. Check it out in the gallery below and the video after the jump, or follow the link to the eBay auction page to make an offer.



[Source: eBay Motors via BAT]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good lord, why?

      I like fox mustangs, but that is insane. Those fender flares, cowl-hood, and wing make a refrigerator crate look graceful.

      If you want a wide car, buy a wide car. Track width might even be greater than the wheelbase length.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I think that explains why SOME wide bodies are cool"

        I fixed it for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You all are smoking crack...that thing looks so badass. I drive that thing everywhere
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think its the looks, its more strange to me since I had no idea there was such a car. Well I like fox bodies plain and simple with wide tires, low profile and some nice sounding engine and nothing else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the car. It looks good because of the car it is. A Bugatti Veyron would be a ugly car if it wasn't such a rare, expensive, bad ass car, but it is those things so you make yourself like its looks.

      Foxbody mustangs pretty much invented the modern day aftermarket, and wrote the book on how to modify V8 EFI cars. Foxbody Mustang FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You could have easily left the comments about the Fox body not being the high point of Mustang history out.

      The Fox body Mustang did so many things well that it's ridiculous. It bridged the gap between the oil crisis era Mustang II (which was much worse than the Fox) and the SN95/New Edge cars that followed with more weight and less performance. It really was the car, in 1982 that ushered back in the performance age. It recreated the automotive aftermarket and created the fuel injected racing/tuning era. To this day, it is probably the most drag raced car there is and go to a road track in this country and you'll probably see several of them there as well, not to mention they are a staple at car shows. There's dozens if not hundreds of companies that make their living selling parts to restore or modify them and there are several publications dedicated to them.

      Someone else already said it, the Fox Mustang followed the original car's formula to a tee, using an existing, lightweight platform to create an affordable performance car. The looks are a taste thing, some love them, others hate them. They were modern looking for their time and are really the only model that didn't have throwback design cues to the original. In a hatchback version you can throw a full set of racing tires, tools, and your racing gear (even a tent and sleeping bag if you're camping at the track) and drive to the track, rip it up for a day, then swap the tires back and go home. When I was in high school, we fit 9 people in my old one (yeah it was cramped and there were 3 people in the hatch- but still), you could fit bikes in the thing and close the hatch. Name a performance car today that offers that ability.

      They won bang for the buck titles from many magazines back then and were the longest running version of the Mustang to date.

      So, while they weren't perfect, they really do take their place in the line of Mustangs that has spanned 45 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The ebay sale is typical JBA:

      Mediocre performance, high price. It's worse than Saleen. I had some of their exhaust stuff back in the mid 90's, sure it top quality to the point of OEM, but
        • 5 Years Ago
        the gain were like
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car in all it's ridiculousness. Its great, of course I'm a bit biased owning a 89 GT Hatchback Mustang as my car but that car is ridiculous and that's what makes it so great. The 87-93 Fox bodies can be very handsome if done right, this might not be the best, but by far not the worst Fox-Body I've ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all the squareness goin' on it almost looks like an Audi S1.Looks pretty badass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the JBA Dominator! I remember going to JBA in Santee,CA when I was younger to check out the mustangs they were working on. If I built a Fox body I would buy the Dominator body kit although its been changed slightly!

      http://www.customautotrim.com/bodykits/wings_west/ford_mustang_dominator_87-93.htm

      Jason
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly! They have a pretty strong following, for good reason. Plus, it probably wasn't the first IRS installed in a Mustang, since Ford did it in 64/5, it just never saw production. (Like this one-off)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a hideous kit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Fox Mustang was hardly a high point? Yeah, I suppose. It was just the car that revolutionized affordable fuel injected performance for the masses, brought us out of the malaise era, and continues to have dedicated enthusiasts and publications to this day. No big deal.

      Scrounge up the R&T article before dismissing. This car surprised everyone.



      • 5 Years Ago
      In the 80's, I hated the Fox body style. It was a Mustang. Then 10 years ago, my son, then 12, bought his first car. It was an '86. It grew on me and I love it now.

      We also own an '88.

      You either love it or hate it. There's no inbetween.
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