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Μια από τις 50 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet του 1968 βγαίνει στο σφυρί. Το αυτοκίνητο φορά τον 7,0-λιτρο FE big block κινητήρα, πρόσφατα έχει περάσει από ριζική αναπαλαίωση και εκτιμάται πως θα πιάσει κοντά στα 130.000 δολάρια.

Η Cobra Jet δεν βρισκόταν στα πλάνα της Ford, αλλά ένας αντιπρόσωπος της Μπλε Οβάλ εταιρίας, ο Bob Tasca, θέλησε να δημιουργήσει μια γρηγορότερη έκδοση από την κομπρεσοράτη 390 Mustang. Κάπως έτσι ζήτηση την βοήθεια του μηχανικού John Healey, με αποτέλεσμα να γεννηθεί η πρώτη Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. Το αυτοκίνητο άρεσε τόσο πολύ στην Ford που αποφάσισε να το περάσει σε περιορισμένη παραγωγή 50 μονάδων.

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1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Auction

Ford had the beginnings of a drag-racing superstar when it made the 390/320 HP FE big-block engine available in the Mustang in 1967, but it took the creator of the famed Thunderbolt drag racers, Ford dealer Bob Tasca, to once again show Ford management the way to success. Having already built a supercharged 390 Mustang for street use, Tasca challenged Dearborn with his version of a lightweight Mustang Fastback powered by a 428 CI FE big-block engine specially built by Tasca’s engine expert John Healey. Ford brass invited Tasca and his car to the Dearborn test track and were so impressed by the car’s performance that they decided to build 50 purpose-built lightweight Mustangs for 1968 using two versions of the 428 CI engine they dubbed the Cobra Jet: one for Super Stock/E with 11.6:1 compression and a solid-lifter cam; and the other set at 11.0:1 and using a somewhat milder hydraulic cam for C/Stock. Delivered to Ford for the stated purpose of “Highway development for Stock Vehicles Department,” this 1968 Cobra Jet Mustang was raced by Ford factory engine specialist Dave Lyall, who purchased the car for $1 under the standard agreement for factory-sponsored racers. It has been refinished in Lyall’s familiar racing livery as part of a comprehensive and photo-documented restoration and is presented as Lyall drove it, complete with Cragar SS wheels, 8-inch Goodyear Blue Streak slicks and a Hurst shifter. This famous Cobra Jet Mustang factory lightweight racer is well documented with copies of the window sticker, Lyall’s $1 contract, Michigan title search, Ford internal memos about the 428 Cobra Jet Lightweight Mustang program and a Marti report.