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2000 Mustang Cobra R #2 up for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas

By - September 16, 2011 – 1:32 pmNo Comment | 2,663 views

2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R

With just 300 produced the 2000 Mustang Cobra R is one of the most collectable cars ever built by Ford. It’s also one of the most capable on a race track, fitted with a 385 horsepower naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8, Brembo brakes, race-spec suspension, Tremec 6-speed transmission, Recaro seats and more. It’s rare to ever see a Cobra R for sale, so this example caught our eye on the list of cars to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas next weekend.

This isn’t just a standard Cobra R, though. This is the second car built, and was used by Ford as the SEMA show car and as a pace car by Ford Racing. The car was initially purchased by SVT to be preserved as a historic vehicle, and was most recently held in a private collection.

Here’s the official description of the car from Barrett-Jackson:

The 2000 Cobra R was the fastest Mustang produced up to that time, and one of the rarest with just 300 manufactured. The Cobra R was the only SVT Mustang available in 2000. The 5.4L 32-valve engine produces 385 horsepower, 65 more that the Cobra of ’99 and ’01. Truly meant for the truck, the Cobra R has no air conditioning, radio or rear seat and it was built with some of the best performance components available, including Brembo brakes, Bilstein shocks and Eibach suspension. Tremec 6-speed transmission, Borla exhaust and Recaro seats. This Cobra R is #2 of the 300 and has led an easy life, yet has a distinguished history. It was displayed at the SEMA show, then purchased by Ford’s SVT division for historical preservation along with the #1 car. It was subsequently used by Ford Racing as a pace car for several months before being retired. Unfortunately, removing the pace car graphics damaged the paint to the extent that a total repaint was required and this was done by the Roush paint shop. Most recently it has held a place in a prominent private collection turned museum.

You can see the Cobra R go up for auction live on SPEED TV on the evening of Saturday, September 24th.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

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