|2000 SVT Cobra R #002 To Sell At Barrett Jackson Las Vegas
Update: The 2000 Cobra R #002 sold at Barrett Jackson's 2011 Las Vegas auction for just $44,000.
In just over a week the Barrett Jackson collector car auction will kick off in Las Vegas. Although it may not be Barrett Jackson's largest event of the year, that title goes to Scottsdale, it still offers a variety of stunning Ford Mustangs for the avid car collector to choose from. One such vehicle that caught our eye this year is lot #636, a 2000 SVT Cobra R #002.
When Ford created the 2000 Cobra R they knew that some buyers would use it on the race track as it was intended. With that in mind they wanted to make sure that the most collectible models weren't smashed up on the track so they chose to preserve a few of them. That includes model #001, the first 2000 Cobra R ever to be produced and this car which is model #002. After being built this Cobra R was first put on display at the '99 SEMA Show where it shocked the crowds with it's stunning looks and race worthy suspension. Afterwards Ford's SVT division purchased the vehicle and used it as a pace car for several months before it was eventually retired to a private collection. Now it's for sale! The Barrett Jackson collector car auction is being held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on September 22-24. Crack open that piggy bank and get down there!
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.
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