Rollin In My 4.6: 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT Convertible
In 1993 Ford had a problem. The Mustang was still the best selling pony car on the block, but GM’s new fourth generation Camaro was a beast in a straight line. The Z28 Camaro was powered by a 275 horsepower LT1 that obliterated the 215 horsepower Mustang GT, so Ford did what Ford does and they introduced a Special Vehicles Team version that put out 305 horsepower, first with a 5.0 pushrod version and later with a 4.6 DOHC modular V8…which was great until GM bumped the Camaro power up to 305 with the Z28 SS, but anyway, for a few years the SVT Cobra Mustang was a contender at the stop-light drags across America. Now the typical front-drive econo-sedan is about as fast, but that is a story for another time. Find this 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT Convertible offered for $12,500 in Sunset Beach, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1997 ford mustang cobra convertible
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: red
title status: clean
Up for sale is my 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra Convertible with only 90,000 Original miles on it! The car was originally my dad’s who lived in Charlotte, NC. I inherited it from him when he passed away 2 years ago. It is all original aside from a new stereo with i-pod hookup, Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust and was garage kept! It’s damn near impossible to ever find one of these in this condition with this color combination! Car had a complete tune up last year along with new Cooper high performance tires! Just did a Mobil 1 fully synthetic oil change along with a mobil 1 oil filter. All minor imperfections are shown in the pictures. This is a extremely RARE car that is increasing more and more in VALUE with every year that passes by! All one would have to do is factor in the massive inflation that we are getting ready to experience to know this car is just as good as gold with appreciation over time! 12,500 CASH IS 100% FIRM!!!
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Ice ice baby……..
Back in ’95, I had just taken delivery on my special-order triple-back GT vert when Ford announced the return of the Cobra. Oof. Still smarts.
So the seller is an economist…………well if you paid his ask you’d be contributing to inflation. Fight The Power!
I’d rather shave my full head of hair and wear a toupée than own this generation of Mustang, but nobody asked for my opinion so I’ll just escort myself outta here …
I hear that toupees are coming back into style.
Ford had another, not so publicized, problem:
It’s 3rd generation Mustang convertible (specifically the 90s version) did HORRIBLY in the new NHTSA crash tests. The coupe was OK, but the vert was a disaster. Fortunately, the press never caught it.
But Ford did.
So they over-engineered the *crap* out of the ’94-98 Mustang convertible.
The ’94-98 Mustang convertible actually crash tested BETTER than a Volvo 240 series sedan (at that time, the gold standard for many safety engineers).
Of course, Ford couldn’t really brag about this.. because it’s prior model was so terrible. So the only people that knew about it were the safety geeks at Ford (and the NHTSA). And, well, anyone who cared to look up the NHTSA’s crash tests (they’re all there, look at the head injury criteria in particular between the 2 vert generations… you will be stunned).
So while these ragtops don’t have any of the new fanch-shmancy safety stuff like side-curtain airbags or crash-avoidance braking/lane change software, they are a helluva bargain for peeps who want a reasonably safe ride for themselves and a few kids in the back. And the V8’s sound great.
(FYI, the back seat legroom on these things is perfect for groceries, double amputees, or small kids).
-Stan (…yeah…*that* Stan…)
Fox bodies are exploding in price, which makes no sense when you can get these – better in EVERY way. Faster, better handling, more reliable, etc.