For Sale: 1994 Ford Mustang in Troy, Michigan

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1994 Ford Mustang Cobra Indy Pace Car 1 Owner 27K Miles
Outstanding, one owner from new, and number 282 of only 1,000 built. Here is your opportunity to purchase this well kept, low production Indy Pace Car from a retired Ford Supervisor. The pictures you see were taken with-out any enhancements, or "show detailing" of any kind. This Cobra Pace Car comes from his personal collection of numerous Fords that he has collected, cared for and shown at prestigious events over more than 60 years in the hobby. Please consider the opportunity and make a fair offer.

The following is with credit to Matt Litwin from Hemmings Motor News:
If it ain't broke, why fix it, right? That seemed to be the logic behind Ford's Fox-platform Mustang. Introduced in 1979, the third-gen unit-body pony's chassis originated from the Ford Fairmont/Mercury Zephyr line unveiled a year prior, but the new Mustang used a shortened version of that chassis, with a wheelbase measuring a svelte 100.5 inches. Coupled with the standard 56.6/57.0-inch front and rear track, the revised Mustang-with a footprint larger than the outgoing Pinto-based Mustang II-had a nimbler foundation to work with.The new Mustang also benefited from lighter weight and a sleek new body that resulted in a-reasonable for the day- 0.44 drag coefficient in fastback guise, while the notchback registered a 0.46 Cd. Other than a ceaselessly evolving series of convenience and power options-including the welcomed addition of the 5.0 engine-and a convertible body, little change was implemented to the overall design. Only the short-lived Mustang SVO delivered significant upgrades, some of which resurfaced in the '93 SVT Cobra. But by 1993, the Mustang was long in the tooth, especially compared to Chevy's new Camaro Z28.
Enter the redesigned 1994 Mustang. The next-gen model had surfaced as the "SN-95" concept a few years prior, when Ford's SVT group was tasked with breathing new life into the pony for its 30th anniversary. When what became known as the "Fox-4" Mustang was announced, reportedly 1,330 of its 1,850 parts were new to the car. Among the improvements were a stiffer chassis design, a retuned suspension, steering and brake system upgrades, and, most notably, sleek new styling. These attributes, and more, were found in the revised '94 SVT Cobra, which was selected to pace the Indy 500 that year-the perfect way to introduce a convertible Cobra. In fact, the '94 Cobra Indy Pace Car replica-the subject of this month's Buyer's Guide- was available only as a convertible. Let's take a closer look at this late-model Fox-4 legend.
CHASSIS Chassis stiffness was paramount for the SVT crew. This was addressed on convertibles by revising the front crossmember and adding a front underbody X-brace to the longer (than the old Fox platform) 101.3-inch wheelbase- which also used a wider 60.6/59.1-inch front/rear track-in conjunction with updates that included enlarged rocker panel box sections, and other stress-bearing sections, with thicker 2.3-mm steel. A rigid urethane adhesive was used to secure the windshield (and the rear glass on Cobra coupes), and the elimination of the former Fox's rear hatch enabled the addition of a new rear section, further increasing the overall structural rigidity, even on convertibles. One element carried over from the '93 Cobra was the cowl-to-strut tower brace. Collectively, this improved convertible chassis torsion by 80 percent and chassis bending by as much as 65 percent.
Enter the redesigned 1994 Mustang. The next-gen model had surfaced as the "SN-95" concept a few years prior, when Ford's SVT group was tasked with breathing new life into the pony for its 30th anniversary. When what became known as the "Fox-4" Mustang was announced, reportedly 1,330 of its 1,850 parts were new to the car. Among the improvements were a stiffer chassis design, a retuned suspension, steering and brake system upgrades, and, most notably, sleek new styling. These attributes, and more, were found in the revised '94 SVT Cobra, which was selected to pace the Indy 500 that year-the perfect way to introduce a convertible Cobra. In fact, the '94 Cobra Indy Pace Car replica-the subject of this month's Buyer's Guide- was available only as a convertible. Let's take a closer look at this late-model Fox-4 legend.
Another enhancement the drop-top Cobra received was a 25-pound, tuned anti-resonant mass vibration damper, as well as 400-pound front and 165-pound rear linear-rate springs that worked in unison with 25-mm front and 27-mm rear anti-roll bars. The front caster angle was revised from 1.9 to 3.6 degrees to increase directional stability. Finally, a new four-wheel ABS disc brake system, featuring 13.0-inch front and 11.65-inch rear rotors, each with twin-piston calipers, hid behind Cobra-specific 17 x 8-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels shod with P225/45ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires that provided the footprint.
ENGINE A scan of factory Ford literature shows that the Cobra Mustang received a specially tuned version of Ford's 5.0-liter V-8, which first appeared for 1993. The EFI 302-cu.in., 9.0:1 compression engine received a revised-for-'94 Cobra upper intake manifold, working with the GT40-style lower manifold to enhance breathing with a 65-mm throttle body and 70-mm mass air meter. The Cobra engine also used 24 pound per hour injectors instead of the GT-spec 5.0's 19 lb/hr units. Cast-iron GT40 cylinder heads were next, fitted with 1.84/1.54-inch intake/exhaust valves, along with 1.7:1 ratio roller rocker arms provided by Crane Cams that worked in unison with a Cobra-specific high-lift camshaft.

In this configuration, the '93 Cobra engine was originally rated for 235 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, with a 6,000- rpm redline. However, the SN-95 redesign lowered the hood, necessitating a subtle change to the '94 upper intake manifold to compensate for the body mods. It can be easily identified by noting the "COBRA" lettering that is cast into the manifold, rather than printed on a separate plaque as with the '93 design; the new design also angled the throttle-body forward slightly. Furthermore, the engine was recalibrated for '94, which helped squeeze out 5 more horses. The 280 lb-ft torque rating carried over. Ultimately, the retuned Cobra 5.0 could launch the Fox-4 platform to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
TRANSMISSIONS & DIFFERENTIAL Backing the muscular Cobra-spec 5.0-liter was the same heavy-duty Borg- Warner T-5 five-speed manual that had been pressed into service within the '93 Cobra, complete with what Ford described as a "high-capacity clutch" that could manage the higher engine output. The driveshaft, according to one report, was even revised to accommodate the torque the Cobra engine delivered.
Like the previous year, output was delivered to Ford's 8.8-inch differential, equipped with 3.08 gears and a limited-slip unit. This standard-issue gearset may seem timid when compared to gearsets of the first muscle era, but according to one contemporary road test magazine, the engine's better high-rev breathing, "in the taller gears shaved more than seven seconds off the GT's 0-130 [mph] performance." The same report commended the smoother launch the rear gear provided, as well as a top speed in excess of 137 mph-all while delivering a 17-city/24-highway mpg rating.
BODY The basic design of the Cobra Indy Pace Car convertibles followed that of the entire SN-95 redesign, with its edgy lower, longer, wider stance that didn't impede upon its "just right" proportions brought forth 15 years earlier. As mentioned, the back half was a reimagined blend of the p...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1994 Ford Mustang
  • Listing ID:CC-1500712
  • Price:$29,700
  • Location:Troy, Michigan
  • Year:1994
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Mustang
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:21118
  • VIN:1FALP45D3RF158327

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