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By what the brochures have to say...the 86s were oddballs. 87s have no mention of optional black out trim. Nothing.
Brochures for 87 show the L and GLs did not have script on the side for "TAURUS GL". But I have owned/own two 87s. Both said it on the door. One was built in May of 87, one was built in January. I've seen a few other 87s at yards, and they said it on the door if it was a GL.
However, any 86-87 L models I have not seen it say L until 88.
Note that the brochure show with and without chrome bright work on the window trims on the L and GL models for some. I have never seen a car lacking the bright work.
It shows 86 and 87 wagons having blacked out B pillars, maybe because of the optional 86 Exterior Accent Group and they carried over the picture.
The only way I've ever seen the 86-87s is with chrome bright work all around the windows and blacked out B and C pillars on sedans, and chrome bright work on the bottom of the window with body color B and C pillars on wagons.
Here are some screen captures from the Taurus marketing book prior to the 86 release as well as from the 86 sales brochure and 87.
-'66 Ford Country Squire wagon 390/C6
-'87 & '89 Mercury Colony Park wagons 302 EFI/AOD
-'90 Lincoln Town Car 302 EFI/AOD
-'03 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L/4R70W
former '87 Taurus 3.0 GL sedan, '87 Taurus 3.0 GL Wagon, '97 Taurus SHO 3.4 V8 sedan, '00 Taurus SEL 3.0 24V