Tangerine Mustang GT Convertible: Perfect Summer Cruiser

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Tangerine 1996 Ford Mustang GT

There were fewer than 1,000 GT coupes & convertibles built in this color, making this SN95 even rarer than the MystiCobra.

Back in 1996, the Mustang had a lot going for it. GTs and Cobras got an all-new overhead-cam modular V8, and Ford became the first company to offer color shifting paint on a production car, building 2000 Cobra coupes in Mystic Clearcoat Metallic.

However, Mystic wasn’t the only rare, wild color sold that year. In fact, there’s one that’s even rarer: Tangerine. Fewer than 1,000 GT coupes and convertibles were built in this color like this one from a Craigslist ad in Akron, Ohio. That’s a real shame, because it complements the SN95’s body shape quite well. It’s a sort of creamsicle orange hue, well-suited to convertibles and summer fun. We wished that the ice cream man would bring us one, and he did.

Tangerine 1996 Ford Mustang GT

Custom Tangerine

The example we found is host to a handful of modifications — some tasteful, some less so. While we’re on the subject of color, we’ll say that we dig the body color door inserts, but the painted instrument cluster surround might be a step too far. The Terminator Cobra suede seats are a great upgrade, though, and are far superior to stock 1996 Cobra seats.

Tangerine 1996 Ford Mustang GT

This tangerine convertible was also fitted with Cobra brakes, and the diamond-cut machined FR500 wheels do a great job of showing them off. We love the way these wheels look on SN95s, and the staggered fitment is choice. We dig the tasteful lowered stance with a slight forward rake, and while the owner could have taken things a step further, it looks great at this height and is probably better suited to real-world driving on the pothole-laden roads of the Midwest.

Tangerine 1996 Ford Mustang GT

We don’t hate the clear headlights, but something about them just doesn’t look right to us. This car would have likely been better served by stock Cobra headlights with clear corners, but again, that’s just us. It’s certainly not a dealbreaker, and all things considered, this is a very clean, tastefully modified example of the rarest Mustang you could buy in 1996.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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