I'm a gen Xer and remember the 82 coming out. It was a healthy dose of performance that ford was lacking in those days. But it also wasn't really a hot car. Z28s had a completely different / new look and is what most H.S. guys wanted. I was different than most in that I liked the mustangs. I like GM cars.. but a V8 mustang w/T-tops and a stick just made me drool back then.
87-93s ruled the stop lights and was obtainable for most young guys. GNs & Vettes were just not a teen or 20s car because of their costs, Z28s/TAs were around but most young guys couldn't afford the 350 or 305TPI versions until they were used or handed down. (ins cost was a big part of it)
If I could go to a ford dealership today and buy a..... 82 exterior w/T-Tops, 85 interior, w/2014 drivetrain? I would sell everything except my children and wife.