Lot 254 - 1996 12918 Mustang SVT Cobra
|Odometer reading||93,451 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
The Mustang SVT Cobra was built by Ford's Special Vehicle Team division and is a high-performance version of the standard Mustang, sitting in the model range above the GT model.
It was launched during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show and was the premier vehicle of Ford's newly established SVT division designed to showcase SVT's four hallmarks of Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value. The exterior of the 1993 SVT Cobra does not represent a radical departure from the year's GT model; however, there are subtle differences with the true re-design and upgrade occurring beneath the bodywork. The powertrain was driven by a 302 CID V8 (5.0L) power plant producing a massive 235bhp. According to 'Road & Track', this could send a Cobra through the 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds at a top speed of 98mph. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph took just 5.9 seconds. The drivetrain received an upgraded transmission, rear disc brakes, and for the first time on a factory Mustang, 17" unidirectional wheels. With the increased engine output of the new Mustang SVT Cobra, the Borg-Warner World Class T-5 transmission needed an internal upgrade that allowed it to yield a higher torque capacity compared to the standard World Class T-5. The '96 car also benefitted from a lightweight bonnet with larger air-intakes.
This 1996 SVT Mustang Cobra, one of only 7496 built, packs a massive 305bhp, 32-valve, 4.6 litre, V8 engine coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox equipped with a positive Hurst quick shifter. It also comes with a factory-handling package; 19-inch Volk Racing wheels with good rubber and a stainless steel exhaust system. The interior is trimmed with tan leather and the colour scheme is white, on this occasion, with two blue stripes; a tribute to the American racing colours. With just one owner in the UK since its importation in 2003, there is little doubt that this immensely powerful motorcar with its understated exterior will only assist its rise into serious collector status in years to come.
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