1996 Ford Mustang Cobra Convertible
Instead of mixing the thoroughbred Cobra V8 among lesser engines at
the Romeo, Michigan manufacturing plant, Ford had chosen to
assemble the DOHC power plant off-line using a dozen two-member
teams. Each team will build one engine start to finish and sign off
their creation before sending it on its way. This personalized
touch also happens to be a longstanding tradition at Aston Martin,
the most exotic nameplate owned by the Ford Motor Company. Now,
with true craftsmanship and 305 horsepower snorting under the
muscle-Mustang's hood, America's original pony car enjoys
world-class bragging rights.
The midpoint of this iteration of the venerable Mustang and now for
consignment, a 1996 Mustang Cobra Convertible with a fresh repaint,
interior redo and some upgraded wheels. Well kept, but all the
while this car has been driven and enjoyed, so it was no surprise
when the consignor came to us with a smile on his face, and regret
in his heart, but someone's loss is another's gain. In other words,
this car could have your name on it!
A respray of black covers the body panels hood and trunk lid. It is
in nice condition, with no rust showing, but does present with a
few dings and scratches. Body matching bumpers have inset lights
and curved openings to allow airflow to the engine. The rockers
have flairs and just in front of the rear wheel well is a small air
duct now replacing the hockey stick cove of yore. On the rear is an
integrated bumper with COBRA badge and the famous three taillights
which have remained since the dawn of the Mustang in 1965. A small
spoiler swoops mildly upward and below we see chromed tips peeking
out from the bottom. A newer saddle convertible top with a clear
glass rear window remains nice and tight above. Shiny polished
chrome 17-inch Bullitt wheels right out the Ford Racing catalog are
on all 4 corners.
Utilizing sweeping eyebrow like curves for the dash which plunges
with nose like structure into the center console and creates a
sweeping look to the interior. Original Cobra gauges steering wheel
and shift lever reside here, all very clean and neat. Saddle
leather buckets, which have been recovered, show no aging and just
a few slight wrinkles in front and a snug 2 plus 2 rear bench, also
in leather, resides in the rear. Racing toward the dash between the
plush buckets is a saddle tan plastic console complete with cup
holders, the power top switch and a white knobbed shifter. This
console melts into the waterfall design of black that tops the dash
and in this area resides the heater/AC knobs and factory Mach 460
AM/FM/Cassette/CD player. Saddle carpet floods the floors and is
protected by black Cobra embroidered floor mats.
SVT Mustang Cobras are for the first time equipped with Ford's
4.6-liter modular V8 engine. The Cobra's 4.6-liter dual overhead
cam, (DOHC), V8 produces 305 horsepower. This mill has EFI, and a
5-speed manual T45 transmission by Tremec bolted to the back. The
Ford 8.8-inch rear with 3.27 gears is equipped with TracLoc.
Mere surface rust on the usual suspects down below along with
silvery floor pans and a solid unibody system. Independent coil
springs on front and a 4 link with coil spring rear suspension
provide that glued to the track ride and power disc brakes are all
around. Dual exhaust snakes down from the engine and heads rearward
through a pair of Flowmaster mufflers then ends with polished tips
just under the rear bumper.
With a twist of the key it started right up, and we were off. My
test driver drove, and we were able to break it loose in second
gear, so there is plenty of power. The car rides nicely and handles
decently. All was operational on our drive and it was fun to
stretch this snake's legs.
All nicely done, this Cobra has been honed from a Mustang right
from the factory and is ready to slither into your heart and
garage. It sports the Cobra engine, Cobra badging, a new saddle top
and recovered interior, and all remains well with this car.
F-Ford Motor Company
L-Manual Belts, Front Airbags
P46-Mustang Cobra Convertible
V-4.6 Liter DOHC V8 305hp
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
195029-Sequential Unit Number
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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