Clean Machine: 1994 Mustang Cobra SVT – Sold?
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The SN95 chassis Ford Mustang is one of the more overlooked modern muscle cars in the market right now. Suffering from the younger sibling syndrome that happens when the new version immediately follows an iconic era in the model’s history, the SN95 Mustangs – especially in SVT-blessed Cobra form – are a smoking deal compared to a Fox body with the same treatment. Today’s example appears to be a very nicely maintained and mostly stock 1994 Mustang Cobra, once listed in October 2022 on Craigslist in Rochester, New York, for $19,000. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows us that the seller is asking right on the money for his car, with an average sale price of $18,645 and the most recent sale clocking in at over $24,000:
Many cars out there are often unfairly ignored because the enthusiast marketplace deems them cheap or otherwise undesirable. That’s often the case with early 90s domestic products; in some cases, the disdain is justifiable. Interior quality was abysmal; in many instances, it felt like the Big 3 weren’t even trying to keep up with the creature comforts their European competition was offering. Regardless, suppose you can look past the lack of soft-touch dash materials in a 1994 Ford Mustang. In that case, you may find a legitimate performance bargain waiting to be enjoyed, and that prices will someday climb up just as they seemingly always do for a real-deal SVT product. Like Mercedes with AMG and BMW’s Motorsports group, SVT actually made impactful performance improvements to any model it blessed, both in raw horsepower and suspension tuning. The SVT Cobra shown here benefitted from more power, bigger brakes, and a lightened flywheel.
The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel features this 1994 test drive of the then-new Ford Mustang Cobra SVT:
The one demerit against this generation of the Cobra is that the upgrades were never considered significant enough to present a compelling reason to pay a premium over a standard GT. Ford certainly learned some lessons with the SN95-era cars related to competing with the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which routinely bested the Mustang in performance testing. While it may not have been a sales success at the time, it now represents an excellent value and still has the pedigree of a factory performance special. Ford continued to improve the recipe and has now made the Mustang into a modern performance car that can go head-to-head with pretty much any comers, but those cars have also risen in price quite dramatically. The SN95 Cobra offered by the seller appears to be in excellent condition with no obvious modifications aside from his mention of a “few upgrades” in the description. Mileage is low at 57,000 and comes with all of the necessary SVT documentation. Get one now while they’re cheap!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1994 Mustang Cobra SVT, limited
production numbered car. Black on Black. Really nice car with 57k original miles. 5-speed 302 v8. A few upgrades. Have all factory documentation from SVT. Always
stored inside. Asking $19,000. Contact me for more information. Thank you.“
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