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Old 04-16-2003, 07:12   #1 (permalink)
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2004 SVT MUSTANG COBRA - Mystichrome package

Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) today unveiled the 2004 SVT Mustang Cobra Mystichrome package – with color-shifting paint that changes from green to blue to purple to black – at the 2003 New York Auto Show. The package also features the industry's first production application of color-shifting leather interior trim.


The 2004 SVT Mustang Cobra Mystichrome features an advanced formula of color-shifting paint, first offered in 1996 on the SVT Mustang Cobra with Mystic paint. The original formula changed from black to purple to root-beer brown.

“Customers loved the original SVT Mustang Cobra with Mystic paint,” says Tom Scarpello, sales and marketing manager for Ford SVT. “Even today, Mystic cars are still some of the most popular—and most collectible—special editions in SVT's 10-year history. We expect the new Mystichrome package, with more vibrant colors and one-of-a-kind color-shifting interior trim, to be even more popular with SVT Mustang Cobra enthusiasts.”

Color-Shift Technology
The Special Vehicle Team worked with Alan Eggly, Ford's color and trim director for North America, to develop the Mystichrome paint and leather. Both the exterior and interior treatments utilize ChromaFlair® light interference pigments, from Flex Products, Inc. in Santa Rosa, California. These tiny particles (each an average size of 17 microns) are comprised of five layers of colorless film. Combined, these layers produce shimmering, vibrant colors.


The microscopic layers act like a tiny prism: White light is reflected off the core layer, and then split by outer layers into visible colors. As the viewing angle changes, so does the visible color. The color produced is controlled by precise variances—measured in atoms—in the prismatic layers: The thinnest ChromaFlair pigment shifts from gold through silver and into light blue; The thickest pigment shifts from silver through green, and into purplish blue.


Exterior Paint
ChromaFlair pigments were first used for an automotive application on the 1996 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra with Mystic paint. “It was truly ground-breaking,” says Eggly. “No other manufacturer had used color-shifting paint on a production car before. But, just as the handling and acceleration have dramatically improved since 1996 on the SVT Mustang Cobra, so has color-shifting technology. For 2004, we were able to take Mystic paint and put it on steroids.”


Eggly challenged DuPont to create a new color-shifting paint with visual performance to match the visceral performance of the 390-horsepower SVT Mustang Cobra. To that end, DuPont staff chemists started with Green/Purple ChromaFlair pigments that shift from bright green through a range of blues, and then into purple. The DuPont chemists blended that with traditional black and green pigments for visual balance and deep, rich colors. As a finishing touch, they added a pinch of aluminum flakes to enhance bright, metallic sparkle.

The resulting color shift is described by the DuPont chemists as, “a bright, metallic topaz that transitions to cobalt blue, then to royal purple, and finally into a deep onyx black.”


“The bright, iridescent colors reminded me of chromed exhaust headers blued by intense heat,” says Eggly. Thus, he dubbed the new color “Mystichrome.”


Because ChromaFlair pigments are stirred into a water or solvent base like any paint additive, the paint does not require special handling. As such, Mystichrome paint will be applied at the Dearborn Assembly Plant, using the same process of other factory colors. In addition, Mystichrome passes the same rigorous durability tests of any factory paint. Also, the dramatic color shifts actually hide paint applied during body repair.


Interior Trim
Satisfied with the exterior hue, Eggly and the Ford Special Vehicle Team turned their attention to the interior. “The interior needed something special to complement the stunning exterior,” says Eggly. “We considered spraying hard parts, like the center stack or door handles, with Mystichrome paint. Then I recalled a Ford supplier, Garden State Tanning (GST), had developed leather colored with ChromaFlair pigments.”


Garden State had remarkable success substituting ChromaFlair for traditional leather pigments. To match the Mystichrome exterior paint, GST starts with leather hides tanned with a black dye. The same blue/green ChromaFlair pigment used in the exterior paint, are mixed with leather-softening oils, and then sprayed onto the surface. Finally, a clear protective layer is applied to seal in the color.


The result is another automotive precedent—the first color-shifting leather trim used by an OEM. Mystichrome leather, which mimics the color shift of the exterior paint, is used for the front and rear seat inserts, as well as sections of the steering wheel wrap.


Again, the only change in the production process is the pigment. Mystichrome leather has the same supple feel and grain as the surrounding Midnight Black leather surfaces.


Also, the Mystichrome leather passes the same wear and color-retention tests of traditional leather used by Ford Motor Company.


For Eggly, it's the most compelling special-edition SVT Mustang Cobra yet. “The paint and interior trim perfectly complement the dramatic style and explosive performance of the SVT Mustang Cobra,” he says. “The Mystichrome package would not be appropriate for any other car, as the explosive colors are tied to the emotion and passion found in the SVT Mustang Cobra.”


“SVT Mustang Cobra owners are incredibly passionate about their car, and particularly with special editions,” says Scarpello. “SVT has cultivated that enthusiasm by offering more than the customer expects, from the 1993, 1995, and 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R models to the '96 SVT Mustang Cobra in Mystic to the 2003 10th Anniversary SVT Mustang Cobra. The 2004 Mystichrome package, with vibrant color and the industry's first color-shifting leather, is no exception.”


Availability
For the 2004 model year, only 1,000 SVT Mustang Cobra models, in either coupe or convertible body styles, will be offered with the Mystichrome Appearance Package. The package also includes chrome wheels as standard equipment.

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Old 11-09-2003, 08:39   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, this Mystichrome paint is forsale at www.mystichrome.com , for just 135 a pint!! I bought some and put it on my wifes 1989 Camoro, we used it for the racing stripes...The pics don't do the paint much justice, its AWESOME in person...!
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Yea it looks good but my Cobra is paid for and I don't know if thats worth going back into dept. for.
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It is tempting to go and trade my 03 in on an 04 with that paint. I do like it and it is sooooo tempting.
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Well I went and done it took my paid off 2003 Silvermettalic Cobra and traded it in and got me one of those 2004 Mystichrome Cobra convtertable and I love it man its a good looking car with chrome SVTwheels. the differants is like night and day a much better built car. I got tired of those noises and that dam motor tick and i was getting a rolling sqeek sounded like an 20 yr,old car. This car is tight and smooth handles alot better. Already got me a Steeda intake on it. The only problem is worring about chipping or scratching it and those dam parking lot door dings. I'm trying to keep it stocked as possible because they have already stopped making both the coupe and convertables only 1000 each. The thing I have planed is soom X exhust with cats and cat backs and I got some 17x10.5 SVT oems and 17x9 in the front to give it that offset look like the Vette I just like that look. All I got to say is you don't know what you are missing unntil its seating in your garage .
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Damn man you are reading my mind. I have an interested buyer for my 03 silver right now and I am waiting to see if he can get the rest of the money.

If not then I guess it is trading time.

How many miles you have on your silver. Right now I have only put on 31xx and the last 16xx have been in the last month and a half.

i personally think I am going to get the coupe and not the vert.

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Sorry I don't get to this Forum that much its been so long I don't remmeber it was less the 15,000 I didn't have it for a yr. It was just right when I drove up in my buddies dealership there it was a brand new mystichrome vert with chrome wheels and I made a big mistake and took it for a drive no motor ticking or rattles and it drove like a new car should I couldn't say no. I got a break because my Company leases over 300 vehicle from him so I got a discount and a break on all the mods. If I was someone else my mods wood of hurt my trade I was having idling problems with one of those dam Acculab throttle bodys I'll never buy another I could get the idle or voltage right I had no cats which they found out after the papers were signed thet called me on it but there was to late to do anything about it . If you have mods put what you can back to stock looking they are just going to lookat it because they want your sale so bad. Get one if you can I love this car it stand out in a parking lot I even get old people looking at it here is my index of pictures of my car I don't know it this site has url or not you might have to type it in.

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