The Ford Car in Miniature – Ford Mustang 4th Generation

By Dave Turner

The Fourth Generation Mustang  1994-98

 1994/5 Mustangs

In view of the trouble Ford USA had in the late ‘80s when first trying to replace the third generation of Mustang the next attempt was taken with care. When it was realised in the 1980s that the next Mustang could be a Japanese inspired, front-wheel-drive creation various groups such as motoring writers, clubs and many Ford dealers themselves let Ford know their feelings in no uncertain terms. That car in the mid ‘80s became the Ford Probe and the old Fox body third generation Mustang carried on until 1993. This writer can clearly state that the two cars are so different as I have owned both a ’96 Probe 11 and a ’91 Mustang GT for around twenty years and love each one for totally different reasons.
Certainly the new fourth gen. cars had to have a bit more refinement than the tyre shredding straight line blast of the 5.0 V8 Fox Mk 111 but at the same time must retain rear wheel drive and the satisfying low down torque of a big V8. Despite the origins of the Fox based cars going right back to the Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr of 1977 it was dusted off once again, stiffened up more than a tad and presented for 1994 as the 4th incarnation of Mustang, now designated FOX-4, or SN95. Having a much more aerodynamic shape, it was over 2 inches longer and significantly heavier. A choice of just two bodies, coupe or convertible came with either a base 3.8 V6 or 5.0 V8 GT power units. No hatchback was included as these were extremely difficult to provide with sufficient rigidity without designing a completely new basic structure.
Fords Special Vehicle Team, known as SVT, created the Cobra for 1994, employing a 240hp version of the 5.0 V8. A total of 5,000  Coupes and 1,000  Convertible Cobras were produced in 1994 and this must have impressed sufficiently for it to be chosen as the Pace Car for that years Indy 500, one thousand replicas were sold, all finished in Rio Red. Little change took place for the 1995 models, although mid-year a GTS was quietly produced. In effect this was the 5.0GT but without various regular GT items such as the sports seats, rear spoiler and fog lights. However a Cobra R was also produced in 1995 and this boasted a 300hp 351 V8 and just 250 were made, sold only to race licence holders to try to deter speculators simply buying and storing examples.  They came in white only, all sold within two and a half days of announcement.
With the new Mustang came a flood of contemporary toys and models, all those recorded so far appear to have originated when the cars were current, rather than as retrospective collectibles.
1994 Models
AMT start us off again and they offered contemporary 1:25 plastic promos and kits for the GT Coupe, the latter coming in either glue together form or ‘Snapfast” that simply clip together. Monogram also issued plastic kits for a GT Coupe, an Indy Pace car and a ‘Boss’ Coupe. From Japan came the Tamiya 1:24 plastic kit that could be made into either the Coupe or Convertible.
A range called Detail Cars based in Italy appeared during the 1990s and no less than eight 1:43 versions of a ’94 Mustang were listed that included Coupes, Convertibles in various colours and an Indy Pace Car. None have ever been located, and a 1999 catalogue of the range does not include any of them. An even larger selection, but one that was produced, came from Universal Hobbies/Jouef/Eagles Race in 1:18. Some carry “Jouef Evolution” inscription on the base while others say “Universal Hobbies” while the catalogues include the logo “Eagles Race”. Well over thirty different versions of their Coupe and Convertible models have been listed, most of them differ only in their colour and decal treatment. One variation features “Boss” decals, the original ’94 Boss was a SVT concept but the decal treatment seems to have been available as an aftermarket ‘dress-up’ line. Although the 1996 Jouef catalogue shows Boss models with the concept cars front end, the example in this writers collection is simply the regular GT, with Boss decals and different wheels and so depicts a regular GT with the dress-up kit.
The ‘Boss’ was also covered by Maisto in 1:24 whos budget priced diecast models came as kits or assembled. It appears to be the only ’94 coupe they issued although GT Convertibles and an Indy Pace car were also available, the latter employed the same casting as the regular Convertible but featured Cobra decals on the front fenders, in which case the front end should be different. The models deck lid spoiler was slightly different and the hefty aero rollover bar with pace Car lights was included however although this version doesn’t seem to figure in any of their catalogues. On a much smaller scale Johnny Lightening included a huge range of different coloured Boss Coupes in the late ‘90s as well as some equally wildly coloured Cobra Coupes – at least they got the front end something approximating that of a Cobra.
Mattel are invariably associated with the small Hot Wheels toys but in complete contrast, from 1962, they made numerous large scale forms of transport for their collectible ‘Barbie’ figures including a reasonably accurate 1:8 scale Mustang Convertible in 1994. It has to be admitted that this was in fact an accessory in the Barbie Doll toy catalogue, so if you are not too proud to have her in the collection this represents quite closely the V6 engined Convertible, down to the “running horse” fender badges and the 15” cast aluminium wheels that were an option on V6 cars. Rather bizarrely however the vehicle can be considerably lengthened by simply pulling apart the front and rear, creating room for a couple more figures in the ‘rear seat’
Minichamps waited until 1997 to launch their ’94 GT Convertible and very nice its was despite being closer to 1:45 than 1:43. It too came in several colours but otherwise they are exactly the same. Very similar to the Minichamps are the New Ray Convertibles, the charitable assumption would be that they are so accurate that they have to look the same! Much bigger is a remote controlled GT Coupe from New Bright with a one piece plastic body plus a hefty nudge bar at the front as part of the base to guard against collision damage!
it’s hard to decide if the RoboCop Mustangs that came in two sizes should be included in this discussion of model Mustangs, but apart from the rooflights they seem to represent a ’94 Coupe acceptably, albeit being a tad short aft of the ‘B’ post. A more traditional diecast toy came from Welly with their 1:33 Gt Coupe that featured a pull-back motor working on the rear axle.
1994 Mustang

 

AMT USA 1994 6295 GT Coupe 184mm 1:25 plastic promo
AMT USA 1994 6178 GT Coupe 1:25 plastic kit
AMT USA 1994 6784 GT Coupe (snapfix kit) 1:25 plastic kit
Detail Cars China Not Made? 280-287 Coupe and Convertible 1:43 diecast
Jouef China 1994 3102 GT Coupe various colours 255mm 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 1994 3105 GT Convertible 255mm 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3108 Pace Car 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3112 Cobra Coupe 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3122 GT Coupe 30th Anniversary 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3123 GT Convertible 30th Anniversary 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3135 GT Coupe Graphic 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3137 GT Convertible Graphic 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3121 GT Coupe ‘Boss’ 1:18 diecast
Jouef China 3146 Cobra Convertible 1:18 diecast
Maisto Thailand 1990s 31905 GT Convertible 191mm 1:24 diecast/kit
Maisto Thailand 31917 Convertible Pace Car 191mm 1:24 diecast/kit
Maisto Thailand 1990s 31934 Coupe ‘Boss’ 191mm 1:24 diecast/kit
Johnny Lightning China 1998 729 Coupe ‘Boss’ 76mm 1:61 diecast
Majorette 4106 GT Convertible 184mm 1:25 diecast
Minichamps China 1997 85630 GT Convertible 103mm 1:45 diecast
Mattel Italy 1994 Convertible (Barbie) 525mm 1:8 plastic
Monogram 1994 2967 GT Coupe 1:24 plastic kit
Monogram 1994 2975 Convertible Pace Car 1:24 plastic kit
Monogram 6390 Coupe ‘Boss’ 1:24 plastic kit
Motormax 1994 73401 Convertible
New Bright China 1997 3043-3 GT Coupe 275mm 1:16 plastic battery
New Ray China 1997 48521 GT Convertible 103mm 1:45 diecast
New Ray China 48659 GT
Tamiya Japan 1995 24141 GT Coupe/Convertible 1:24 plastic kit
Toy Island 1994 39750 CoupeRoboCop 112mm 1:38 diecast
Toy Island 1994 39501X CoupeRoboCop 258mm 1:22 diecast
Welly China 9873 GT Coupe 138mm 1:33 diecast
 4th gen Mustang illustration 1 AMT 1994 promo
1.  AMT 1:25  Plastic Promo from USA:  6295,  GT Coupe with optional 17” cast aluminium wheels.4th gen Mustang illustration 2 Jouef GT Coupe
2.  Jouef  1:18 diecast from China: 3102, GT Coupe.4th gen Mustang illustration 3 Jouef GT Convertible
3.  Jouef  1:18 diecast from China: 3106, GT Convertible4th gen Mustang illustration 4 Jouef_Universal Coupe with Boss decals
4.  Jouef  1:18 diecast from China : 3143 Coupe with ‘Boss’ decals.4th gen Mustang illustration 5 Maisto 31905 GT convertible
5.  Maisto 1:24 diecast from Thailand: 31905, GT Convertible featuring 16” aluminium wheels.4th gen Mustang illustration 6 Maisto Pace Car
6.  Maisto 1:24 diecast from Thailand : 31917, Pace Car replica.4th gen Mustang illustration 7 Maisto Coupe with Boss decals - kit in box
7.  Maisto 1:24 diecast from Thailand: 39934, Coupe ‘Boss’ in kit form.4th gen Mustang illustration 8 Majorette 4106
8. Majorette 1:25 diecast; 4106, GT Convertible4th gen Mustang illustration 9 Mattel 'Barbie'
9.  Mattel 1:8 plastic from Italy:  Convertible  with optional 15” wheels, from the Barbie Series. 4th gen Mustang illustration 10 Mattel 'Barbie' extended
10.  Mattel 1:8 plastic from Italy: the Barbie Convertible, extended!
4th gen Mustang illustration 11 Minichamps 8563011.  Minichamps 1:45 diecast from China: 85630, GT Convertible4th gen Mustang illustration 12 New Ray GT convertible
12.  New Ray 1:45 diecast from China: 48652, GT Convertible, very similar to Minichamps.4th gen Mustang illustration 13 New Bright GT Coupe
13.  New Bright 1:16 plastic from China: 3043-3, GT Coupe.4th gen Mustang illustration 14 Toy Island 1_38 39750
14.  Toy Island 1:38 diecast from China: 39750, GT Coupe from RoboCop4th gen Mustang illustration 15 Toy Island 1_22 scale
15.  Toy Island 1:22 diecast from China: 39501X, GT Coupe from RoboCop4th gen Mustang illustration 16 Welly 9873
16.  Welly 1:33 diecast from China: 9873, GT Coupe

 1995 Models.

Identifying just which are models of ’95 Mustangs as distinct from ‘94s is generally a case of using the description provided by the models maker. In the case of the ’95-only Cobra R there is no argument of course!
Compared to 30 years earlier, actual promotional issues were extremely infrequent by the mid 1990s, but AMT did offer 1:25 plastic Mustangs in both kit and promo form, the kits issued in ‘95 were for a GT and a Cobra, both as Coupes, the promo was a GT Coupe. Revell offered a 1:25 plastic kit for a ‘Boss’ Coupe while Tamiya did a similar size kit for the Cobra R Coupe. Another plastic ’95 came as a battery powered GT Convertible from Fun Rise in 1:21 scale. This is really a well made toy albeit featuring a fuel filler on both sides. Majorette launched a 1:32 “Ultra Custom Series” in 1995 but it appears that the Mustang Coupe included in the range was simply given a wild decal treatment.
Testor produced a kit for a GT Coupe, possibly in their pre-painted diecast series while diecast models of the Cobra R came from New Ray and Speedy Power. Despite being aimed at the toy market complete with a pull- back motor the latter is quite a good model featuring the correct rear spoiler, bulges on the hood and the wheels unique to the Cobra R.
1995 Mustang
AMT USA 1995 6553 GT Coupe 184mm 1:25 Plastic promo
AMT USA 1995 6200 GT Coupe 1:25 Plastic kit
AMT USA 1995 6201 Cobra Coupe 1:25 Plastic kit
Fun Rise China 2520 GT Convertible 215mm 1:21 Plastic
Majorette 1995 3221 Coupe 1:32 Diecast
Revell 1995 7371/6390 Coupe ‘Boss’ 192mm 1:25 Plastic kit
Tamiya Japan 1996 24156 Cobra R Coupe 1:24 Plastic kit
Testor 1998 193 GT Coupe Kit
New Ray S1113 Cobra R Coupe Diecast
Speedy Power 1998 51109 Cobra R Coupe 138mm 1:33 Diecast
Unknown GT Coupe 128mm 1:36 Plastic
4th gen Mustang 1995 illustration 17 AMT promo 6553 17    AMT    1:25 plastic promo from USA: 6553   GT Coupe4th gen Mustang 1995 Illustration 18 Fun Rise 2520
18.   Fun Rise 1:21 plastic from China: 2520. GT Convertible, battery driven.4th gen Mustang Illustration 19 Speedy Power Cobra R
19.  Speedy Power 1:33 diecast from China: 51109, Cobra R Coupe, correct down to the unique wheels.4th gen Mustang 1995 illustration 20 unknown make GT Coupe
20. Unknown make 1:36 plastic: GT Coupe battery operated flashing lights and police type ‘speech’

1996-8 Mustangs

The old 5.0 V8 motor that dated back to the small block 221 Fairlane of 1961 was finally retired for 1996. A single overhead cam version of the modular 4.6V8 that first appeared in the 1991 Lincoln Town Car now featured under the hood of the Mustang GT. New “GT 4.6L” front fender badges  identified the ’96 GTs while the SVT Cobra got a full-blown double overhead cam version and proved extremely popular, 10,000 examples of Coupe and Convertible Cobras certainly took some sales away from the regular GT. The new engine forced a re-designed cross member and front suspension to be created but the most noticeable external feature of the ’96 Mustang are the triple section rear light assemblies that replaced the horizontally slotted ’94/5 pattern.
The 3.8 V6 engine continued as a less expensive option to the V8s and now featured the set up from the Thunderbird Super Coupe but minus the supercharger. Very little else changed through to the new for ’99 Mustangs although the pod on the facia top that housed the clock was deleted for ’98 versions.
1996 models.
AMT once again did us proud with not only a promo for ’96 but plastic kits for both GT and Cobra Coupes. A minimum of updates were necessary of course, the rear lights being the most significant, the new front fender GT4.6L badges were appropriate decals, the wheels now the correct for ’96 five twin spoke pattern while the ’96 licence plates were now stick-on and show ‘Colorado’, they are on my promo example anyway. Slightly larger and looking very similar in its details is a battery driven plastic GT Coupe from Empire, this even boasts proper rear light ‘glass’  and underside detail that is identical to that on the AMT. If you wanted a Convertible Cobra Monogram issued such a kit alongside the AMTs Coupe.
Diecast ’96 Mustangs came from Mattel with their 1:64 Hot Wheels GT Convertible, much more acceptable than their usual bizarre creations, it is marked ‘1996’ on the base. Larger at 1:43 comes a reasonable Coupe from Realtoy. This came in various stages of stock to ‘way out’, the example to hand boasted an assortment of spoilers on the roof and trunk plus some apparition coming out of the centre of the hood but once given the ‘back-to-stock’ treatment it became a surprisingly nice Coupe, the absence of the correct GT rear deck spoiler on the model as it came left the end result as a V6 Coupe, complete with the optional five twin spoke wheels, two of the inserts for which were unfortunately missing to start with.
AMT USA 1996 8298 GT Coupe 184mm 1:25 plastic promo
AMT USA 1996 8036 GT Coupe 1:25 plastic kit
AMT USA 1996 8118 GT CoupeSnap kit 1:25 plastic kit
AMT USA 1996 8037 Cobra Coupe 1:25 plastic kit
Mattel China 1996 18810 GT Convertible 72mm 1:64 diecast
Monogram 1996 2460 Cobra Convertible 1:25 plastic kit
Realtoy China Coupe 108mm 1:43 diecast
Empire China 1996 5102 GT Coupe 193mm 1:24 plastic
4th gen Mustang 1996 illustration 21 AMT plastic promo21.   AMT  1:25  plastic promo from USA: 8298, GT Coupe, now with the five twin-spoke wheels.4th gen Mustang 1996 illustration 22 Mattel Hot Wheels GT Convertible (Butterfinger)
22.  Mattel  1:64 diecast from China:  18810,  GT Convertible4th gen Mustang 1996 illustration 23 Realtoy
23.  Realtoy 1:43 diecast from China:  V6 Coupe, converted from be-winged toy.4th gen Mustang 1996 illustration 24 Empire 5102
24.  Empire 1:24 plastic from China: 5102,  GT Coupe
1997 Mustang models
AMT provided the inevitable contemporary 1:25 plastic kits for both GT and Cobra Coupes, one kit of which came with a video. To mark the Mustangs 50th Anniversary a re-issue of the GT Coupe took place in 2015 and this sometimes is listed as a Monogram kit.
Auto Art offered big and well detailed 1:18 die casts of ’97 Mustangs although they favoured the exotic end of the listings with Saleen and Super Stallion versions. The Saleen Mustangs were not simply tuning specials but specialised production vehicles sold only through Ford dealerships. They began with 1984 Mustangs but those for the late 1990s were generally based on a production V6 Mustang, although for an extra $10,000 one could start with a SVT Cobra. The Saleen S351 employed a highly tuned 5.7 litre Windsor V8, coupled to substantially modified suspension. Auto Arts Saleens come with all the necessary details, the Convertible version features a fixed tonneau over the rear seats complete with the appropriate ‘Speedster’ decals. With the Super stallion, Auto Art has highlighted a significant Ford concept vehicle that began life as a 1995 Cobra but was turned into this development project by the Ford SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering) team under John Coletti. Among the many features of the real car, was its independent rear suspension and this along with most of all the other unique details has been faithfully created in the model.
1997 was relatively early in the convoluted history of Racing Champions, starting in 1989, subsequently developing into RC2 after taking over numerous other operations and then becoming part of Tomy. A quite acceptable 1:55 scale Cobra Coupe was issued in 1997, featuring the post ’96 hood with twin dummy airs-scoops that accompanied the new higher 4.6 V8. Further diecast Cobras came from MotorMax, their 1:42 scale Convertibles being marked 1998 on their base but the open car allows the pre-’98 dash with clock pod to be clearly seen. At least two wheel patterns have been used on different issues of this.
1997 Ford Mustang Models
AMT USA 1997 8224 GT Coupe 1:25 Plastic kit
AMT USA 1997 8231 Cobra Coupe 1:25 Plastic kit
AMT USA 8066 GT Coupe with video 1:25 Plastic kit
AMT 2015 864 GT Coupe “50th Anniversary” 1:25 Plastic kit
Auto Art China 72710 Super Stallion Concept 253mm 1:18 Diecast
Auto Art China 72720 Saleen S351 Coupe 255mm 1:18 Diecast
Auto Art China 72730 Saleen S351 Speedster 255mm 1:18 Diecast
Motormax China 4002 Cobra Convertible 109mm 1:42 Diecast
Racing Champions China 1997 Cobra Coupe 84mm 1:55 Diecast
4th gen Mustang 1997 illustration 24 Auto Art Super Stallion24.  Auto Art 1:18 diecast from China: 72710, Super Stallion Ford SVE Concept4th gen Mustang 1997 illustration 25 Auto Art Saleen coupe
25.  Auto Art  1:18 diecast from China: 72720, Saleen S351 Coupe
4th gen Mustang 1997 illustration 26 Saleen Speedster26.  Auto Art  1:18 diecast from China: 72730, Saleen S351 Speedster
4th gen Mustang 1997 illustration 27 MotorMax Cobra Convertible27.  MotorMax  1:42 diecast from China: 4002, Cobra Convertible
4th gen Mustang 1997 illustration 28 Racing Champions Cobra coupe - orange28.  Racing Champions 1:55 diecast from China:  Cobra Coupe
 1998 Mustang Models
It appears that as this line of Mustangs continued to the end of its run in 1998 the only models to appear were of the Cobra. Even AMT don’t seem to have ticked the box. However, in their 1:43 Road Champs series Yatming produced a Cobra Coupe in several guises. Confusion seems to have entered the development however as one carries “SVD” decals while both feature the “GT4.6L” decals on the front fenders – appropriate for the GT but not the Cobra. Finally, Motormax included both Cobra Coupe and Convertible in their 1:24 range of inexpensive toys.
1998 Mustang models
Motormax China 73208 Cobra Coupe 1:24 Diecast
Motormax China 73209 Cobra Convertible 1:24 Diecast
Road Champs China 68600 Cobra Coupe 109mm 1:42 Diecast
4th gen Mustang 1998 illustration 29 Road Champs Cobra Coupe29.    Road Champs  1:42   diecast from China: 68600     Cobra Coupe.

 


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