Ford was early to the 1990s nostalgia wave when it revamped its Mustang for the first time in more than a decade and a half. Sure, the new-for-1994 Mustang shared much of its underpinnings with the model that was introduced for 1979, but the new ‘Stang had fresh looks with tons of retro cues.
More than 25 years later, the 1994 Mustang’s design language carries into the current model, a thoroughly modern sports car with serious performance potential.
Chief among those features introduced for 1994 were the scalloped flanks that recalled the original, which had been introduced 30 years prior. A trio of horizontal taillights at the rear were designed to look like the originals, only tilted on their sides. Inside, the dual cowl look of the dash had a decidedly 1960s vibe to it, even if the curvy lines weren’t exactly pulled from the ’64 Mustang. Of course, there were plenty of prancing horses as well as a 1967 Mustang-style script on the passenger-side airbag cover.
Overall, the 1994 Mustang looked fresh and modern without being overly kitschy, something Ford would explore later when it revived the Thunderbird name on what looked more like a cartoonish version of the 1955 original.
Underneath the new metal sat the option of a new, more powerful 5.0-liter V8 rated at 215 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque, which could be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A limited-slip rear differential helped tame that power. Those figures might not seem like that much by today’s standards, but few cars topped 200 hp in the mid-1990s, and fewer yet could do so for around $23,000 like the Mustang GT.
As with any performance car, survival rates of unmodified examples are low, so it’s definitely a surprise to see one as sharp as this first-year GT Coupe at a Chrysler dealer in Columbus, Ohio. This one shows just 33,000 miles — barely 1,200 miles added per year — and it’s swathed in a perfectly 1990s hue. It also boasts the desirable manual transmission, and it retains the distinctive twin three-spoke wheel design offered only for the first two years of production.
This one shows just one previous owner and no accidents on its Carfax report. At $13,000, it’s bound to be a head-turner for anyone nostalgic for the 1990s. Find a Ford Mustang for sale