1993 Ford Mustang
A difficult year for consumers who were split between love for the third generation and high expectations for the fourth generation, 1993 marked the final edition of the Mustang’s third generation. Spanning 15 years, Mustang’s third generation sculpted and changed the future of the pony car forever. The 1993 Mustang left many lasting impressions, especially the Cobra, which honor the end of a great generation.
1993 Mustang Lineup
One of the biggest changes for the 1993 Mustang was an optional CD player with a noticeably more powerful stereo. In a close second was the production of 1993 1/3 convertible models, rumored to be produced to stimulate sales. In 1994, however, Mustang saw a huge spike in sales that pushed Mustang back into the spotlight again.
Similar to the 1992 Limited Edition LX convertibles, the 1993 models boasted different colors. One model was completely white, featuring a white exterior, convertible top, interior leather, rear spoiler and white Pony rims, while the other was yellow with two options for interior and the convertible top. One option had a black top with black leather interior, the other had a white top with white leather interior, and both featured a yellow spoiler and chrome Pony rims. In 1993, 1,500 white LX convertibles and 1,503 yellow convertibles were produced.
1993 Mustang Saleen SA-10
In 1993, Saleen marked their 10th anniversary with the release of the SA-10. Though 10 of the black hatchbacks were slated to be produced, only 9 actually made it through production, all sporting sequential VIN numbers.
The SA-10 featured three-piece Stern wheels, a Saleen panhard rod, composite hood, rear shock tower brace, a bolt-in roll bar, and a Supercharger/ceramic coated header and power package. The Saleen SA-10 was also marked by its CD player, group of gauges and improved seating.
1993 Ford Mustang
Though the base GT was powerful, the Cobra was even more so, sporting a GT-40 5.0 liter engine with a T-5 transmission. To help the Cobra stand out even more in design as well as power, the suspension was recalibrated and body work was more detailed. The increase in handling and horsepower made the Cobra all the more desirable to pony car fans.
In addition, 107 Cobra R models were manufactured in 1993. Produced for stock racing, the Cobra R was lighter with no backseat, no air conditioning, and no sound insulation which resulted in a light race car that performed well on the track. In addition it sported black wheels with chrome hubcaps.
Powertrain and Performance
Though the Mustang’s horsepower was lower in 1993 than it had been previously, this was due largely in part to the new method Ford used for measuring horsepower. In actuality, the 1990-93 5.0 LX Mustangs had the same horsepower, though the public had trouble understanding exactly what this entailed. Other small alterations made to the engine between 1987-1990 that never made it into the horsepower measurements also contributed to the misconception regarding the change.
Colors, Production, and Prices
The 1993 Mustang was available in black, Bright Blue, Bright Red, Reef Blue, Electric Red, Royal Blue, Vibrant White, silver and Bright Calypso Green, while the Cobra and Cobra R featured their own colors. The Cobra was offered in black as well as Vibrant Red or Teal Metallic which were unavailable on the other models. In addition, the Cobra R was the only car offered with the Vibrant Red clearcoat.
The following are the production numbers for the 1993 Mustang: 24,851 Standard Coupes produced, 27,300 Standard Convertibles, 57,084 Standard Hatchbacks, 4,993 Cobras, and 107 Cobra Rs, totaling 114,228 vehicles produced.
In addition, the affordable pricing of the 1993 Mustang lineup is as follows:
- Coupe – $11,159
- Convertible – $17,988
- Hatchback – $11,644
- Cobra – $18,505
- Cobra R – $25,692
Though the prices continued to rise, the Mustang still remained one of America’s most affordable cars.
As a result of repeatedly being praised for its low prices, the Mustang saw some price increases in the 90s, but still remained affordable enough for Mustang lovers to afford their dream car. The end of the third generation marked an important time for the Mustang, setting the stage for changes to take place that would help keep Mustang at the forefront of the pony car war for years to come.