This new 1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is a “mystical” unicorn


There is a great irony in the fate of a car at times. Back in 1996, Ford blew us away when it mothballed the 5.0-liter V-8 and introduced the so-called “modular” engine family, including the adrenaline injector that sits under the hood of the SVT Cobra: a DOHC 4 , 6-liter V -8 develops 305 hp. The SVT Cobra was more pointed than its predecessor and asked contemporary testers – and probably even strong-willed drivers – to squeeze it out.

Not this one. It might have tried its owners who didn’t submit. As an inanimate object, it couldn’t have hoped to be trained, though it’s easy to anthropomorphize cars and imagine it that way. Since this Cobra rolled off the line, its previous owners have managed to put just 769 miles on their odometer. That’s less than the distance from Chicago to New York on the interstate – one way.

It’s not really the Cobra’s fault, is it? We know this model drives well. It’s that old bugbear of fun cars: the promise of collectibility. This SVT Cobra is one of a limited edition of the next generation “Mystic” models known as Mystichrome, which have trick color changing colors. One of the most iconic looks of the ’90s, only 2,000 SVT Cobras (and a number of elite cars that were painted to order) received the treatment. Later, A single Ford GT owner paid $ 100,000 just to drip his supercar in the delicious green / purple / blue stuff.

This will be auctioned by Hemmings (with a reserve)and it appears to be completely original with minimal wear and tear and no modifications. And, as mentioned above, practically no miles. If the new owner wants to drive it at this point, they’d better not do so with the car’s original BFGoodrich Comp T / A tires. If you plan to make these tires available to a future restorer, remove the rubber and save the set, and use new rubber that is not dangerous to drive on.

That’s if the new owner even dares to drive it. Do you see the irony? Now that this Cobra has been rated (or debited) with a three-digit odometer, it offers – arguably a driver’s car! – a stimulating incentive to stop earning miles. It is of course the prerogative of the next owner. We know what we would do.

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