Junkyard Find: 1995 Ford Mustang GT

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1995 ford mustang gt
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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  • 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.

  • MichaelBug For me, two issues in particular:1. It can be difficult for me to maintain my lane on a rainy night. Here in southeastern PA, PennDOT's lane markings aren't very reflective. They can be almost impossible to make out when wet.2. Backing out of a parking space in a lot with heavy pedestrian traffic. Oftentimes people will walk right into my blind spot even if I am creeping back with my 4-way flashers blinking. (No backup camera in my '11 Toyota Camry.)Michael B 🙂
  • Tagbert When you publish series like this, could you include links to the previous articles in the series so that we can follow through? Thank you. Edit: now I see a link embedded in the first paragraph that goes to the previous story. It wasn’t clear at first where that link went but now I understand.
  • DungBeetle62 When you're in one of these, you life in a state of constant low-level nervous about 90% of the time. But that other 10% kinda makes up for it.
  • Garrett Instead of foisting this problem on the car companies and the people who buy cars, make those who possess liquor licenses and those who purchase alcohol take on the economic cost of this problem.
  • Inside Looking Out Thieves are gradually winning the war with law enforcement in America not only in California and that is the tragic fact. They would rather put in jail police officer than thief.