Mustang Timeline: 1995

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1995 Mustangs would be nearly identical to the 1994 models. 1995 would be the last year of the Windsor-built 5.0.

A GTS was added to the lineup for 1995. There were 6,370 produced--4,848 5-speeds and 1,522 automatics. GTSs came standard with the basic equipment that made a Mustang a GT. This included the 302cid pushrod V-8 powerplant, Borg-Warner T-5 manual transmission and a Traction-Lok axle. Obvious external characteristics of a GTS are the absence of a rear decklid spoiler, lack of fog lamps in the front airdam, and 16"x7" 5 spoke SN-95 pony rims. Factory original GTSs will have the "Mustang GT" logo embossed on the rear bumper cover, as is the case on standard GTs, and "Mustang GT" badging on the front fenders. Dual 2.25" stainless steel tail pipes exit the back.

Inside the passenger compartment, the GTS Mustang shared the same amenities as the base V-6 Mustang. Seats are cloth and 4-way power adjustable seats were only optional on the driver's side. Windows and door locks were manual. Only the driver and passenger side mirrors were powered. Air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo cassette player were standard. Visor mirrors were non-illuminated, as opposed to illuminated like the GT and convertible Mustangs. The instrument pod was the only interior amenity borrowed from the GT, and it included a 7000 rpm redline tach, 150 mph speedometer, fuel, volt, oil, and temp gauges.

As a side note, all options on V6 models were also available on the GTS. These options are easily broken down into two categories. Package Group 1 consisted of power windows, door locks and remote decklid release, which was standard on GT and convertible. Group 2 consisted of cruise control, dual illuminated visor mirrors (standard on GT and convertible), and an AM/FM stereo cassette player with premium sound. Four-wheel antilock brakes, an AODE transmission, and remote keyless entry were also options. Customers were able to order GTSs from the factory with as little or as many options as they wanted. Options were also available at the dealer, on request of the purchaser.

Ford did away with the GTS designation in 1996, with 1995 being the only year a true GTS model existed, replacing it with the 248A option package which deleted many things from the car and made it comparable to the GTS. This package continued to be offered until the end of the 1998 model year. For more info on GTS Mustangs, visit Hillie's GTS Mustang Site.

The 1995 Cobra was powered by the same 240-hp 5.0L V-8 used in 1994 snakes. The car reached 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and topped out at 140 mph. Color options on were Black (1433), White (1125), and Red (1447), for a total of 4005, and 1003 convertibles were produced. This model year was the only year for the convertible hardtop, and with only 499 models available, it has become a sought after collectible. The hardtop/ragtop was installed as a prototype on a few V6 and GT Mustangs, which have found their way into private hands, but were never "officially" produced. 1995 was also the last year for the well-known 5.0L, which is another feature creating a demand for some collectors. Another feature new for 1995 was the addition of SVT badging.

After the success of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra R, SVT and its engineers started planning for a more powerful Cobra R competition package based on the SN95 platform. Only 250 vehicles were built, with the 1995 edition varying greatly from its predecessor. Requests for a larger engine were granted, with the 1995 offering a 300-hp 5.8L V-8. Another racing modification made was for more fuel capacity, as a 20 gallon Fuel-Safe™ fuel cell was included. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs improved suspension, thicker stabilizer bars were added, and a front strut tower brace was also included to enhance structural rigidity. To handle the torque of the more powerful engine, a Tremec™ five-speed manual transmission was installed. External changes included the installation of a hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. Also, the fog lights were omitted, replaced by ducts to channel cool air to the front brakes. The R model reached 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and topped out at 152mph. Only 250 were made, and all were white. An NHRA licensed was required to purchase a 1995 SVT Cobra R.

Engines
3.8L V-6 145 hp Standard
5.0L V-8 215 hp GT
5.0L V-8 240 hp Cobra
5.8L V-8 300 hp Cobra R

Prices
Convertible, standard $20,995
Convertible, Cobra $25,605
Coupe, standard $14,530
Coupe, Cobra $21,300

Production
Convertible, standard 48,264
Convertible, Cobra 1,003
Coupe, standard 137,722
GTS 6,370
Coupe, Cobra 4,005
Cobra R 250
GT numbers unavailable  

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Colors
Black 27,112
Bright Blue 7,819
Canary Yellow 3,497
Crystal White 26,899
Deep Forrest Green 27,792
Laser Red 29,450
Opal Frost 5,881
Rio Red 22,533
Sapphire Blue 2,584
Teal 9,845
Vibrant Red 1,625

Vehicle Identification Numbers
1FA Ford Motor Co.
L Restraint System (L-air bags and active belts)
P Passenger Car
45 Body code for convertible GT (40-coupe, 42-coupe GT, 44-convertible)
4 Engine code (E-GT, D-Cobra, C-Cobra R)
6 Check digit which varies
S Model year (S-1995)
F Assembly plant (F-Dearborn)
000001 Consecutive unit number
Example: 1FALP4546SF000001

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