Given that the 21st century has seen a sort of return to the roots aspect for the Mustang, it was probably only a matter of time before the Boss 302 made a return. Over the last few years there's been steady and growing interest in the concept of a new-age Trans Am Special.
Jim Clarke led the charge with the creation of the 5.0 HO V8 for the Mustang in 1982 and was responsible for the continuous improvement of the 5.0 throughout the '80s. What Jim and his team accomplished is truly amazing.
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You dont often come across a classic, performance centric ride offering what this 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT can. Its logged only 26,117 miles - just over two years worth of driving, by most standards - and will arrive at its next destination with a clean history report as proof that its led an easy life. As the mid-90s approached, Ford was becoming keenly aware that its existing generation of Mustangs, though very capable, was due for some revamping. They undertook the process with an absolute vengeance, sinking nearly three quarters of a billion dollars into efforts that resulted in a refined modern day muscle car that improved upon its predecessor on all accounts. The exterior on this 96 stands as proof and is a major beneficiary of the light usage this car has seen. The Candy Apple Red metallic paint its wearing is still in top form, with a strong shine and smooth texture. Those styling cues coming part and parcel with the SVT Cobra designation are all in consistently good shape, including the rear spoiler and ground effects - another sign that, despite the temptation it presents for inspired driving, this Mustang has been treated with respect. Its likely seen plenty of shelter as well, as the glass surrounding the cabin is very clear, with the front and rear windshields encircled by seals that still look fresh. Inside the doors, the saddle-colored leather interior really presents well, with nicely contoured power front bucket seats that still have plenty of life left in them and an expanse of matching carpeting lining the floor thats been well protected by its floor mats. In addition to its clean appearance, the functionality of the interior is also impressive - the gauges residing in the instrument panel are all in good working order, the power seats, power windows and door locks respond promptly, the air conditioning is blowing cold and strong, and the AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo fills the cabin with quality sound. In back, the trunk area offers a bit more room than youd likely expect and, judging from the wrinkle-free look of the carpeting over its floor, hasnt seen a lot of activity. Driver and passenger airbags offer an added measure of safety as well. By the time this Mustang rolled out, Ford was already equipping its GTs with admirable performance, but under the capable hands of its Special Vehicle Team, Cobras like this one take things to a higher level. Fords 4.6 liter modular V8 was redesigned with double overhead cams, as well as more efficient heads and intake manifold to bring its output to over 300 horsepower when it first hit the street. This one remains very stock as well with the only notable aftermarket item being the mass air flow sensor. The powerplant sits in a well-detailed engine bay - every surface looks like its been recently steam cleaned - teaming with a 5-speed manual transmission to provide just the compelling driving experience a performer like this deserves. Combine the SVT Cobras low-slung stance with an improved suspension and smooth power steering and you have an exhilarating corner carver on your hands, while disc brakes at all four corners bring fast stops. This special Mustang rolls on a set of 17 Cobra R alloy wheels. Unusually lightly travelled, vintage enough to hold undeniable classic appeal, yet modern enough to offer plenty of features and a refined driving experience, this 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT is a rare find. Call today!
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