Cobra Look: 1993 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

This 1993 Ford Mustang GT convertible is an attempt to produce a model that Ford never offered here in Fox body form: a Cobra edition soft top. The seller has added a Cobra body kit and wheels, along with some cheesy aftermarket headlights, to create the appearance of a fire-breathing Cobra, but with a standard 5.0L V8 under the hood. Fortunately, it’s paired to a five-speed manual transmission, a combo we don’t often see in the convertible bodies. Despite the modifications, the underlying car appears to be in good condition. Mileage is listed as being 146,000 and the Mustang can be found here on craigslist for $10,500.

The headlights are a major distraction for me, but the rest of the tweaks look fine. Personally, I would have upgraded to the Cobra wheels and stopped there, aside from possibly lowering the car a tad. The Cobra bodykit is a popular look across the Fox body platform and later models, as owners generally want their car to look like the baddest edition offered; thankfully, if you’re not a fan of the look, most of the modifications can be easily reversed. Truth be told, if it just had stock headlamps and an original bumper, there’d be relatively little to complain about (aside from the Cobra badges on the fender.)

The interior is quite clean, and definitely a pleasant surprise considering the exterior tweaks. You might think by looking at the body kit that the interior featured aftermarket seats and gauges, but that’s not the case. The stock cloth bucket seats look to be in excellent condition, and the same goes for the dash and instrument binnacle. The steering wheel, likely the original unit, is in excellent condition considering the mileage – usually, these look completely worn out by now. The radio has been replaced by an aftermarket unit with a remote control sitting in the cupholder, clearly a vestige of the 1990s.

There’s a few aftermarket upgrades on the Mustang, most of them under the hood and seemingly worthwhile. The seller mentions a full exhaust, GT40 heads, 355 gears, aluminum drive shaft, and some big-ticket recent maintenance items as well – including a new convertible top, tires, and clutch. So before you look away just because of some tacky headlights and a body kit, dig a bit deeper to see that there’s a Fox body Mustang with a manual transmission that’s clearly had some money thrown at it over the years. Despite that sentiment, I still feel the price is a bit high, but not by much. Would you keep the body kit or swap it out?

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Comments

  1. CCFisher

    I don’t see an issue with the Cobra body cladding. It’s smoother and cleaner than the GT body cladding with the fake scoops.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Member

    I’m pretty much okay with this, but I agree with Jeff that, somehow, those headlights really detract from the look.

    For the mileage maybe a bit pricey, but looks to have had overall good care.

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  3. Chris

    Headlights need to go back to stock

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  4. Mike

    The car looks great, minus the headlights. They are awful.

    I’ve owned numerous Fox bodies and can honestly say they are a blast to drive. GM’s offerings in the same time frame couldn’t hold a candle to the Fox body Mustangs. I have owned numerous 2nd and 3rd gen F bodies and they really are no match in the performance arena or fit and finish. Slight tweaks and several bolt ons later this car was an animal. Ditch the t5, ad an old School tremec and Have some fun. This car was popular for a reason…. many reasons actually.

    Wish I still had one….. but also wish I owned about a dozen cars I once had!

    Great car. Ugly headlights.

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  5. JoeNYWF64

    I don’t think even THOSE headlites are cheesy, compared to the cheap plastic outside at the base of the windshield(also on almost every modern “car”), as well as the mirrors & dash – the Mustang II of all things has a much much nicer dash & mirrors!
    Looks like yhey have sold quite a few of those aftermkt headlites on ebay for these stangs – which require updated bulbs, i believe for better lighting. So they must be popular – with younger guys, i guess, that have acquired these cars. I’m surprised tho that new stock plastic headlite assembly replacements are avail even on rockauto, but they aint cheap in price either!
    Too bad Ford didn’t stick with the < $10 sealed beams here …
    http://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/1984_ford_mustang_svo_1552579192d2b9a60dec12a20181118_155512-940×601.jpg

  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This is such a nitpick, but I HATE the look of that steering wheel! I had the same one in my ’91 SHO and it was such a lame attempt to hide the fact that it has an airbag.

    If I were to buy a Mustang, I would have to go back a few years, for that reason alone.

    • JoeNYWF64

      The ’91 3000gt & corvette & many other cars back then have steering wheels that look just like that. Airbag design was in its “infancy”, though air bags came out in ’73 !!!
      & i believe then, air bags were 1st meant to REPLACE seat belts!!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT1Sl4m3Qe4
      & then put on hold till 1990. The above air bag impala has i believe only a lap belt, which could get you in trouble with the law, until you explained what you were driving.
      I was quite surprised many 1991 cars only got a driver’s air bag!

      • Arthell64 Member

        At least the corvette and gt 3000 had tilt wheel which was not available on the 90-93 mustangs.

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