Press Kit 1: Gray folder titled “1996 Ford Special Vehicle Team”

Grey 1996 Mystic Press Kit

  • SVT: “1996 Ford Mustang Cobra”
  • SVT: “Ford Special Vehicle Team: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity”
  • SVT: “’96 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Convertible: Sophisticated Motoring”
  • SVT: “’96 Cobra Showcases the Latest in Paint Technology”
  • SVT: “Ford’s Special Vehicle Team Reveals Contour Sport Sedan”
  • SVT: “SVT Production History”
  • SVT: “Tim Boyd and SVT: Enthusiast Leader of a Team of Enthusiasts”
  • SVT: “1996 Mustang Cobra Specifications”
  • SVT: “1996 Mustang Cobra/Mustang GT Product Comparison”
  • SVT: “1996 Mustang Cobra Horsepower and Torque”
  • Borg-Warner Automotive: flyer on the T45 Manual Transmission
  • BFGoodrich: “Ford Selects BFGoodrich Comp T/A ZR for Mustang Cobra”
  • 4 B&W Photos:
    1. Cobra Coupe (front 3/4 top view)
    2. Cobra Coupe (rear 3/4)
    3. Cobra Coupe (front 3/4 at speed)
    4. Cobra Engine cutaway
  • 6 Color Slides (1-4 are same as photos above):
    1. Red Cobra Coupe (front 3/4 top view)
    2. Red Cobra Coupe (rear 3/4)
    3. Red Cobra Coupe (front 3/4 at speed)
    4. Cobra Engine cutaway
    5. Red Cobra Convertible (side view at speed)
    6. Red SVT Contour (front 3/4 artist conception)



The technology found in Ford’s 1996 SVT Mustang Cobra goes far beyond the 305 hp all-alloy 4.6-1iter, double overhead cam V8 under the hood. Now there’s cutting-edge technology in the Cobra’s paint. Production begins this month on an SVT Cobra Coupe with a spectacular new exclusive automotive finish called Mystic Clearcoat Metallic.

This special option is a light-refracting clearcoat finish that exhibits four major metallic look colors – green, amber, gold and purple – and changes hue based on the light intensity and angle from which it is viewed. The visual effect is that of a fluid change of iridescent refractive colors among emerald green, violet blue, magenta, burgundy, amber/gold, an almost “root-beer” brown, even a golden black. Under certain conditions, several spectral colors may be visible, especially on more contoured surface areas of the sheet metal.

Unlike other special-effect paints, Mystic employs an all-new technology that does not rely on the specific blend of pigments, precise suspension of particulates or tricky multi-coat application processes. Mystic achieves its dramatic color-change capability via tiny transparent layered flakes in the paint’s chemistry that act like prisms to break up white light into its various component colors. Its only traditional pigment is black and Mystic is applied as a simple basecoat/clearcoat, just like a solid color, so it has none of the color-match and repairability problems of metalflakes, pearlescents, candyapples or micas. The paint supplier, BASF, and Ford Motor Company have special contractural agreements related to the exclusive use and control of Mystic paint.

Mystic Paint is a 1996-only $815 option and available only on the SVT Cobra Coupe. Just 2000 of the 7000 Coupes scheduled to be built this year will be produced with this exclusive finish. The limited-production 1996 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra is sold only through SVT-certified Ford dealers. For more information and the name of the certified SVT dealer nearest you, call 1-800-FORD-SVT (800-367-3788).


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