According to the seller, this is actually a pre-production car that “is not supposed to exist” – and yet it does, so Mustang fans have a cheerful – and not overly expensive –occasion to enlarge their collection.
This 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra pre-production prototype is one of very few still in existence (maybe the only one) and can be bought for petty cash – $21,995. It was made a year before the rather successful and fan-loved 1996 Mustang SVT Cobra and has the same 32-valve 4.6-liter V8 – used as a test bed for the Ford in a bid to push the engine and new T-2R race differential to their limits in a bid to iron out any issues ahead of the customer launch the following year.
This car has been numbered 3,629 of just 4,005 vehicles used in testing, and it’s among the very few known to exist outside of Ford’s reach – and thus not meeting the same fate of being turned into metal dust by the crusher. After departing Dearborn it ended up in Colorado – where it was used by John Ames, the owner, in SCCA events (not street allowed) before being retired and restored. There’s a Chrystal White exterior and beige interior that seem to have just sprung out of the factory floor thanks to that top to bottom restoration – as the odo does point to 96,101 miles. In addition, it’s apparently the only known 1995 Mustang with a T-45 5-speed manual gearbox.