Mustang Timeline: 1996

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1996 was the first year for the 4.6L Modular V-8. The GT model was a SOHC at 215 horsepower, and the Cobra model was a 32-valve DOHC at 305 horsepower. Taillights in 1996 were changed to a vertical tri-cell design more like first generation Mustangs. The V-6 Mustangs got 150 horsepower--up five from the previous two years.

Bright Tangerine was a limited-run color in 1996. Only 829 were produced, and all were GTs. Visit the Yellow Mustang Registry for more info on Tangerine 'Stangs.

SVT Cobras came in four colors: Laser Red, Crystal White, Black, and Mystic. Mystic was a color-changing paint. Depending on the angle of the light, the cars could look green, purple, or bronze. Mystic is an expensive color. A bottle of touch-up paint is $35, and can only be obtained through licensed SVT dealers. The reason for the markup is that Mystic was developed by BASF, and the green used to make it is the same green used to make U.S. paper currency. Visit MysticCobra.net for more information.

Engines
3.8L V-6 150 hp Standard
4.6L V-8 215 hp GT
4.6L V-8 305 hp Cobra

Prices
Convertible, standard $21,060
Convertible, GT $23,495
Convertible, Cobra $27,580
Coupe, standard $15,180
Coupe, GT $17,610
Coupe, Cobra $24,810

Production
Convertible, standard 15,246
Convertible, GT 17,917
Convertible, Cobra 2,510
Coupe, standard 61,187
Coupe, GT 31,624
Coupe, Cobra 7,496
Total 135,980

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Colors
Black
Bright Tangerine
Crystal White
Deep Forest Green
Deep Violet
Laser Red
Midnight Blue
Mystic
Opal Frost
Pacific Green
Rio Red

Vehicle Identification Numbers
1FA Ford Motor Co.
L Restraint System (L-air bags and active belts)
P Passenger Car
40 Body code for coupe (42-coupe GT, 44-convertible, 45-convertible GT)
W Engine code (4-Standard, W-GT, V-Cobra)
6 Check digit which varies
T Model year (X-1996)
F Assembly plant (F-Dearborn)
000001 Consecutive unit number
Example: 1FALP40W6TF000001

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Photos
V6  

GTS

Darren Johnson's

GT
Bright Tangerine
Tangerine GT
Convertible
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Susan Floyd's
Bright Tangerine
Convertible
Cobra
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Scott Jackson's Mystic

visit Scott's web site
Scott Jackson's Mystic

visit Scott's web site
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Mystic
Nathan Fowler's
Nathan Fowler's
Nathan Fowler's
Nathan Fowler's
Saleen
Saleen S-281 with
BASF Rainbow Paint
and S-351 Spoiler
Saleen Cobra S-281

photo by Brad Bowling

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