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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006 Thread Starter
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Probably the most stupid question ever asked

O.k, I know I've been on this site quite some time....Now don't laugh.....
What does the S197 actually stand for? I know it refers to the '05 & '06 mustangs. But what does it actually stand for?
I've never heard the technical answer.
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LOL.....kick my ballz idea.

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Probably what Ford named the project biulding this line of Mustangs. I have heard prev. generation call fox body. Just my guess, but definitely not a stupid question.

Kinda like the Corvette. The current one is called a C6, taking over the C5.

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The quirky names are used from the factory to denote the platform build of a car. The fox was used for more that just a Mustang. Let me see if I can remember, Capri, Fairmont/Zepher, Marquis, LTD, Lincoln MKVII....hmmm I think im missing one. S197 was used from 1994 until 2004 I believe. Some correct me here.
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Originally Posted by GT50
S197 was used from 1994 until 2004 I believe. Some correct me here.
SN95 was the previous version. S197 started in 05.

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Well, I am glad I'm not the only one who did not know. I was "Googling" for a while until I decided to just post the question.
But I was just curious as to why the specific "S" and "197" !
Did an engineer just throw a dart and a board of letters and numbers???
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From the books I've read, the "S" stood for Sporty. Lee Iacocca coined the term back in the early 60's. The code name for the Mustang back then was "Small Sporty".
Along a similar note, do you know why they called it the "Fox" platform.
In the late '70's the Mustang's closest rival was the VW Rabbit (How I'll never know). And what catches a rabbit? A fox! Of course, the second generation was the Fox-4, because the Fox platform went through a major overhaul in 1994.
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