1998 Ford Mustang

SVT Cobra Convertible
Mecum Orlando 2021
Wednesday, 28 July - Saturday, 31 July 2021
Sale Price
30 July 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 1FAFP46V4WF144078. Canary Yellow with black graphics over black leather. 281/305hp, 5-speed, SVT alloy wheels, fog lights, CD/cassette stereo, power seat.

Evaluation: Represented with 22,486 actual miles. Good original paint aside from a few small scuffs on the nose. Tight-fitting top with clean rear glass. Deep wrinkles to the seats but no issues to the interior. Lightly used, well-kept, and fast for a car from 1998. While the standard Mustang GT came with 225hp and 290 lb-ft from the 4.6-liter Modular V-8, SVT was able to milk out 305hp and 300 lb-ft in the Cobra.

Bottom Line: For the most part fourth gen Mustangs are just too new and too common to really be collectible, but brightly colored, low-mile performance variants like this Cobra are rare standouts and if this price is any indication they’re finally starting to catch on and swing upwards a bit. As always, though, it’s worth noting that this car’s sale price here is still short of its 28 grand original MSRP, and that’s before adjusting for inflation.

by Andrew Newton
10 August 2021
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