Rarer than rare 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra prototype is on eBay image

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.

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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.