Fourteen years after the Mustang’s last makeover, Ford, deep into its jellybean period, applied its 1990s fascination with ovoids to its formerly angular pony car.
The double-hump dash and side scoops were retro nods, while the 27 percent of the car that was carried over from the Fox body, including the floorpan and live rear axle, were odes to the 1970s Fairmont on which the Fox was based.
The hatchback died for good, leaving a cut-buck base coupe with a 3.8-liter V-6, a V-8 GT with cute little hood nostrils, and a convertible that benefited hugely from greater body stiffness. Quaintly ’90s-looking now, the SN95 was one giant leap for Mustang-kind, and its styling wore well for its decade of production.
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]