Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible
In 1993, Ford’s Special Vehicle Team launched the Mustang Cobra, along with the Cobra R, which was available only to buyers possessing an SCCA competition license. Ford’s SVT team continued to refine the Cobra while utterly dominating SCCA competition with drivers such as Tommy Kendall, who clinched the 1997 Trans-Am championship with 11 consecutive victories.
Next, SVT engineers focused on the new-for-1999 Mustang, based on Jack Telnack’s “New Edge Design” theme. Its vastly improved chassis incorporated fully boxed side rails, a wider rear track, increased wheel travel, retuned shock absorbers, firmer springs and steering with reduced power assist. Convertibles also received sub-frame connectors.
From there, SVT engineers added the Mustang’s first independent rear suspension, along with standard anti-lock brakes and traction control. The press especially praised the Cobra’s balanced and predictable handling, as well as its fade-free Brembo disc brakes. Underhood, the 4.6-liter engine received the full SVT treatment, with new “tumble-port” cylinder heads and other modifications, raising total output to 320 hp. Motor Trend testers praised the Cobra’s precise steering and torquey engine, which combined to make it one of the easiest performance cars to drive at the limit.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
320 bhp, 281 cu. in. V8 engine with dual overhead camshafts and electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front suspension by modified MacPherson struts and coil springs, independent four-link rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101.3".
Source: RM Auctions
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