Junkyard Find: 1995 Ford Mustang GT

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
After writing about junkyard cars since early 2007, I just realized that the newest discarded Mustang I’d documented was a 1984 model. As you’d imagine, Mustangs from the late Fox and SN95 eras are easy to find in North American wrecking yards, so I resolved to shoot the next interesting one I found… which turned out to be this much-abused ’95 GT I spotted in a Silicon Valley self-service yard.
Perhaps “abused” is the wrong word to use here, because at least one previous owner loved this car for its awesome Mustangness.
The ’95 Mustang GT had 215 horsepower moving 3,280 pounds, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 15.69 pounds per horsepower. The ’95 Acura Integra GS-R boasted a slightly better ratio (15.26 lbs/hp) but sold for $20,680 versus the Mustang GT’s $17,905 (that’s about $35,000 and $30,300 in inflation-adjusted 2019 bucks, respectively).
A new Mustang Cobra had 240 horses in 1995 and cost $21,300, and an owner of this car (we’re going to suggest it was the final owner) opted to perform a backyard Cobra-ization process with blue and white paint. Actually, the lower part of the intake manifold looks to be painted yellow.
You can just make out the clutch pedal in this photograph. Yes, it’s a legit five-speed car.
With all the spare parts inside the passenger compartment, this car shows many of the signs of a project that got sidelined and, eventually, dragged off for that final tow truck ride.
Sure, the convertible ’95 Mustang GT was cooler than the coupe, but it was a lot heavier as well.
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Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Ion Ion on May 06, 2019

    I was gonna say that there’s a nice 5-lug/ disc brake swap for a foxbody but it looks like the rear diff is already gone.

  • SoCalMikester SoCalMikester on May 06, 2019

    dont worry about liliana, kid. there will be others.

  • Akear When is Barra retiring?
  • AZFelix Fun duo who lived and worked in China for many years have a candid and crushing assessment on their EV manufacturing.
  • Vatchy Just think how many electric vehicles could be charged from a new nuclear power plant...
  • Arthur Dailey 'The capitalists will sell use the very rope that we use to hang them.' In our household we have cut down our shopping/spending and pay more to purchase products from 1st world nations or 2nd world nations that are our 'allies'. That also means quite often only buying and eating fruit and vegetables that are in season. Just like our parents and grandparents did.At least TTAC published an article on May 21st regarding LAN transformers that contravene the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act being used in some BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and VW products?
  • ToolGuy I wouldn't buy any old Chinese brand of vehicle, but the right EV at the right price, maybe possibly yes. If you told me this would alarm Ford and torque off FreedMike, all the better. 😉P.S. I would *definitely* consider an EV made in Taiwan. Take that, paramount leader!P.P.S. China batteries/components to convert one of my ICE vehicles to EV? Yes.