Ford gave 1999 Mustang ‘New Edge’ design, but SVT gave performance edge

7
7786
99 mustang

Ford redesigned the Mustang for the 1999 model year, applying its “New Edge” design cues to the coupe and convertible. It also bumped up the rating of the 4.6-liter V6 engine by 35 ponies, to 260 horsepower.

But that Mustang was just the starting point for Ford’s Special Vehicles Team, which was responsible for the Pick of the Day, a 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible. The SVT Cobras were upgraded with independent rear suspension instead of the traditional solid axle setup, with 4-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch wheels wrapped with Z-rated BFG Comp T/A tires, and with V8 engines rated at 320 horsepower, all of them linked to 5-speed manual transmissions. 

According to the Jefferson, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com, it came from Florida via trade-in and is one of 349 Ultra White Cobra convertibles produced with the Medium Parchment leather interior and a matching convertible top. The dealer also notes that Ford’s SVT group equipped 4,055 Mustang convertibles for the 1999 model year.

“This car came from a very nice collection,” the dealer reports. “The owner is meticulous and strict about maintenance.  It was well cared-for.  It has not been damaged or repaired.  (However), I can tell that the front bumper cover has been repainted.

RELATED:  Pick of the Day is 3-owner BMW 320i

“This car is very close to the original configuration with exception of the grill and the air filtration now being a K&N filter.

“All features function properly.  The doors lock via the key.  There is also a remote.  The original jack, wrench and spare are properly stowed.  The owner’s manual is in the glove box.”

The car has air conditioning, AM/FM radio, and power brakes/steering/locks/windows/seats.

The dealer adds that the tires “were recently replaced to the original standard.”

The dealer reports that the car has been driven only 49,694 miles since new, “and never in adverse weather conditions.”

This ’99 SVT Cobra is the sort of vehicle that’s some call Future Classics and others call Youngtimers, and is being sought after by younger car enthusiasts. The asking price on this one is $12,995.

“There is a lot of life left in this car,” the dealer adds.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. This is the kind of thing that as a hardtop/coupe would be simply brilliant on a dragstrip or autocross course. As a flexible droptop, well, maybe a pretender could roll it like a hero, but anyone that knows would know. The touted "independent rear end" won’t plant properly to give the engine a shot at stoplight glory; the flexi-flyer body won’t allow the rear end to make up for the platform’s inherent deficiencies.
    It’s a beautiful piece of nostalgia- Ice Ice Baby- but useless as a performance car.
    ‘member the real Cobra had a plexi NACA duct to the rear axle? This isn’t.

    • Tie the body together- stick in some 4:30 gears- put in some g-force half-shafts and spray it with a 150 shot of NOS. 10’s will happen with this combo. Not to shabby for an air conditioned car to be humming down the track at 3500 lb. stock trim weight. I have a 96 Cobra Coupe with an 01 IRS with a couple of extra suspension pieces and she will run and hook the track all day long with a big smile on my face.

    • The independent rear end maybe wasn’t great for the dragstrip, but it really helped the car handle. I had one of these back in the day with a Flowmaster exhaust an bigger tires. Even though it only had about 350 hp, it was a great car at the time.

  2. I leased this car in this color combo new out of Clearwater Fla. It came with a birth certificate and I also received a black leather jacket with the vin# inscribed in the lining . I wonder since there were so few if this was THE one I had ? Loved the car but remember it went through tires pretty quickly !! BTW over the decades I’ve enjoyed eight high-performance mustangs mostly all convertibles !!!

    • The problem here is: if I bought that car, which sounds reasonable, I wouldn’t buy for racing. But would cruise it ! Nice Car !

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here