2011 Ford Mustang GT: Inspiration for My First Mustang

2011 Ford Mustang Long Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT: Inspiration for My First Mustang

July 21, 2011

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In the great Camaro/Firebird versus Mustang civil war, I've always leaned towards the F-body camp. That's not to say I don't appreciate (or would've loved to own) a '66 hi-po 289 convertible, a '69 Boss 302 or a '70 Mach 1. It's just that as it turns out I have never owned a Mustang but have owned three F-bodys: '69 Firebird convertible, '79 Trans Am, '89 GTA. But the more recent generations of Mustangs, with their more sensible sightlines, trimmer bodies and fantastic powertrains made me reconsider my next car purchase. And our impressive long-term GT had me considering another, older 'stang with a deep-breathing, 32-valve V8...

Around the mid-'90s, the Mustang started to catch my attention, starting with the 1996 SVT Cobra that sported a special 32-valve, 4-cam V8. There's just something about a sweet, high-revving V8 that gets to me. Having had a string of bad luck with my '89 Trans Am GTA that just ended up collecting dust in the garage, I recently decided to sell it and check out other weekend toy options.

My tastes are all over the map -- I considered everything from Miatas and second-gen MR2s to Corvettes, with F-bodies and Mustangs in between. This generation ('94 - '98) of the Mustang hits a sweet spot for me, as I was never a fan of the original Fox, or more accurately, "Box" body '79 - '93 nor the bloated '99 - '04. The '96 to '98 Cobra, specifically, is my pick here for that 4-cam V8. After a few months of perusing Craigslist, eBay and Autotrader, I came across this really nice, no stories, 27,000-mile '98 SVT Cobra on Craigs. At $9,000, it was way too tempting to pass up...

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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