BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED & MAINTAINED COBRA, JUST TWO OWNERS, WELL DOCUMENTED
If you were around in 1996, you know what a big deal this 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra really is. The 5.0 was gone, replaced by a screaming DOHC all-aluminum V8 that churned out an impressive 305 horsepower. For a bit of nostalgia that's beautifully preserved, this Cobra is an awesome piece of performance hardware for the price of a used Hyundai.
Laser Red is the quintessential SN95 color, the one that was on the front of all the brochures and given to all the car magazines. The 1996 Cobra didn't look all that different from its predecessors, with all the good stuff hidden under the skin, but there are a few notable upgrades. The hood got two nostrils to help set it apart from lesser Mustangs and there are Cobra badges front, sides, and rear. The rear bumper reads COBRA as well, and it's been highlighted in the same gold that makes up the stripes, which, obviously, weren't factory equipment but look great here. It's shockingly well-preserved, looking like it's two years old, not 20, suggesting that someone really loved this car. It hasn't been wrecked or raced or abused, and the lack of modifications speak to the fact that it's been properly maintained all its life. The SN95 shape has aged rather well and for many, it still represents the archetypal Mustang. The only non-original paint is the front bumper, just to erase 20 years of driving enjoyment, not accident damage.
Cobras were luxurious inside, offering genuine leather buckets and just about every option Ford could throw into them. The tan upholstery in this car gives it an upscale look and the hides are very nicely preserved, with only gentle comfort marks on the seats but no splits or tears. The fat leather-wrapped steering wheel looks and feels great, and all Cobras got white-faced gauges to set them apart. Everything was standard, including A/C, power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, a rear defroster, and a decent-sounding AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo system (it was the '90s after all), and it all works like it should. Even the 5-speed manual transmission got its own special leather knob that was slightly different than the GT piece. You also get a back seat that's actually usable by real-sized people and a good-sized trunk that looks like it's never been used.
The real reason you wanted a Cobra lives under the hood: a 32-valve, 4-cam, fuel-injected, all-aluminum V8. It turns out that these engines are bulletproof reliable with their heavy-duty main bearings that were built for RPM. It lights off easily and idles smoothly, never feeling like a monster, and at full song, it makes the most wonderful mechanical sounds. The only notable upgrades are an MSD ignition system and a pair of Magnaflow mufflers, neither of which affect reliability or usability but which add a bit of fun to the experience. It's been properly maintained all its life, so there are no issues, no excuses, and no surprises for the next owner. The 5-speed shifts crisply and the suspension, which was specially tuned for the Cobra, rides remarkably well for the performance levels it offers. Big 13-inch disc brakes were part of the deal as well, giving the Cobra world-class binders that were more than a match for its horsepower. At 79,500 miles, this one was fitted with a fresh set of chrome Cobra R-type wheels and staggered 245/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear Kumho radials, so it's ready to rock.
Documented with the original window sticker, SVT documents, and maintenance receipts, this is a heck of a lot of pony car fun for not a lot of cash. Call today!
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- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 4.6 Liter DOHC 32 Valve V8
- Transmission Type
- 5 Speed Manual
- Body Color
- Laser Red Metallic
- Body Style
- 81,643 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console