Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The V8 Mustang GT always represented fun on a budget, and the bang-for-the-buck meter is pegged with this 1996 Ford Mustang GT. With a first-year Modular 4.6L SOHC V8 under the hood, a feisty 5-speed manual gearbox, and a super-clean red paint job, this neatly preserved early 4th generation Pony really stretches the dollar, with a 'smiles-per-miles' rating that's through the roof.
The all-new 1996 Mustang was a pretty big deal when it hit the streets in '94 to take over for the dated Fox Body, and the look has become almost as familiar as the many popular generations before it. Wearing factory Dark Red paint, this southern hardtop coupe has led a pretty easy life and still shines up great on a warm Saturday afternoon, with an above-average finish you just don't see too often on Stangs of this vintage. It's not a perfect car, of course, but if you want a fast Mustang that hasn't been beaten up, wrapped around a tree, and rebuilt by a kid in his driveway, this is an excellent choice. Stock bumpers, a factory wing out back, added fog lights, and the distinctive 3-element taillights that were intended to recall the original 1965 models all remain in place, more evidence of this car's excellent pedigree, because those are often the first things that are replaced when the modifications start. Even the headlights remain clear and all the factory badges are still stuck to the sides of the car, making this an excellent looker in every sense of the word.
The reinforced Fox platform structure of the SN-95 Mustangs paid big dividends for the interior, which feels rock solid, and expect no flex or body roll with a slick roof car like this. Supportive buckets look racy and luxurious with their largely unblemished and supremely comfortable leather seating surfaces, and light gray is a perfect complement to the Dark Red finish outside. There's very little wear on the seats, further proof that this GT was always handled seriously, and with a crack-free dash, slick factory door panels, and only light staining on the carpets and floor mats, the cabin feels a lot younger than it actually is. This GT came loaded with just about every available option for the time, including cold A/C, power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise control, a tilt wheel, and a center console that houses the 5-speed manual transmission. The original stereo is gone, tastefully replaced by a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX in the factory slot, but that's just about the only substantial modification to the car. Unlike Mustangs from prior generations, you can actually fit a couple adults out back, and with the updated safety features of a modern car, everyone can relax a little more, too. Mustangs have never been famous for their cargo capacity, but the factory-finished trunk is certainly big enough for a few overnight bags or a set of golf clubs.
What else can we say about the venerable 4.6L SOHC Modular V8 under the hood that hasn't already been said a hundred times? It's torquey, likes to rev, and is virtually indestructible when well-maintained, and happily runs on regular unleaded without complaint. The 4.6 had a tall task replacing the legendary 5.0 (302 V8) after almost three decades of faithful service, but it manages to match the power output of its predecessor while simultaneously becoming more efficient and environmentally friendly. With that being said, the 4.6L certainly isn't as pretty as the familiar 5.0 intake manifold, but nevertheless the engine bay is still very tidy and finding an unmodified Mustang like this is no easy feat. The original air-induction system meets the motor at the 'Galloping Stallion' badge, the plug wires run horizontally across the motor, and even the shock tower brace is still in place, helping to stiffen the body while cornering. The spirited 5-speed manual transmission is always ready with a quick downshift, so all you need to do is point it and drop the hammer and the GT lunges forward. Power 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS were a long-overdue upgrade for the Mustang, the sporty suspension tuning is comfortable enough to drive every day, and a the Flowmaster X-pipe dual exhaust system that was added underneath is a welcomed upgrade, giving this Pony a wonderful, baritone soundtrack. 17-inch OE Wheel Distributors alloys are blacked-out with polished lips, and they look awesome wrapped in 225/45/17 BFGoodrich performance radials.
Offered with all of its original owner's and warranty manuals, it's clear that the 4 previous owners (from California and Texas only) treated this GT with great care. If you're looking for a clean Mustang that's a lot of fun to drive, you just found it! Call today!
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