Ford replaces the small block 5.0L V8 with a more technologically advanced 4.6L V8, which produces the same amount of horsepower as the 1995 5.0L V8, while the SVT Cobra’s Aluminum version of the 4.6L creates 305hp. The manual transmission is upgraded as well, with a stronger and more efficient design. Suspension geometry is updated as well, and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar is introduced as well to balance the changes made in the engine compartment.
Production Numbers: Base Coupe: 61,187 Base Convertible: 15,246 GT
Coupe: 31,624 GT Convertible: 17,917 Cobra Coupe: 7,496 Cobra
Convertible: 2,510 Total:135,620
Retail Prices: Standard
Convertible: $21,060.00 GT Convertible: $23,495.00 Cobra Convertible: $27,580.00 Standard Coupe: $15,180.00 GT
Coupe: $17,610.00 Cobra Coupe: $24,810.00
Interior Trim Colors
Vehicle Identification Numbers Engine
4.6L SOHC EFI V-8 215hp
4.6L DOHC EFI V-8 305hp (SVT Cobra)
1FA - Ford Motor Co.
L - Restraint system (L-air bags & active belts)
P - Passenger car
40 - Body code (40 - coupe, 42 - GT coupe, 44 - convertible, 45 - GT
convertible, 46 - Cobra convertible, 47 - Cobra coupe)
W - Engine code
6 - Check digit (varies)
T - Year (T - 1996)
F - Plant (F-Dearborn)
000001 - Consecutive unit number
Location: Stamped on the plate which is riveted to the driver's side of the
dash, visible through windshield; the certification label is attached to the
rear face of the driver's door.