Data for 1997:

1997 Mustang Body Styles:

1997 Mustang changes included a larger grille opening to match the larger fan and radiator for better cooling. All models also received the passive anti-theft system (PATS) used on the 1996 GT and Cobra. All automatic transmission had a new thicker shifter. The GT got new 17 inch wheels with a gray metallic center. And Bright Tangerine and Mystic exterior paint was replaced with Aztec Gold, Autumn Orange, and Pacific Green.

1997 Mustang Paint Color Codes:

* GT only color
** Also SVT Cobra color

1997 Mustang Engine Codes:

1997 Mustang VIN Decoder:

Manufacturer: 1FA = Ford Motor Company USA Ford Passenger Car

Safety: L = Driver/Passenger Air Bags

P40 = Coupe
P42 = Coupe GT
P44 = Convertible
P45 = Convertible GT
P46 = Convertible Cobra
P47 = Coupe Cobra

4 = 3.8L 145hp V6
T = 4.6L 215hp V8
V = 4.6L 305hp V8 Cobra

Check Digit: 0-9 or X

Year: V = 1997

Assembler: F = Dearborn, Michigan

Unit Number: 1997 Mustangs start at 100001

The VIN number is on top edge of the dash on the driver's side visible through the windshield.

1997 Mustang Special Models:

See Data for Other Years