• Jan 31, 2011
2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R - Click above for high-res image gallery

In the world of Hot Wheels collecting, there are two types of people: those who open and those who don't. We tend to fall into the third, more populous category of those who demolition derby.

Clearly, we could never have demonstrated the kind of self-restraint it takes to purchase a brand-new 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R and leave it in its original factory wrapping. Fortunately, there are people out there like the seller of this particular machine. According to the eBay Motors listing, there are a mere 11 miles on the odometer, and the plastic you see on the hood and fenders is the same garb that the mean Mustang wore off the production line.

Even the front splitter and brake cooling ducts are in their original bubble wrap in the trunk, and the interior is swaddled in plenty of FoMoCo plastic. That means that this pony is as close to a factory-new Cobra R that you could possibly buy today.

Ford famously minted a mere 300 examples of the Cobra R in 2000. The cars were bare bones, street-legal racers, and while the 5.4-liter V8 under the hood was supposed to churn out 385 ponies, owners typically found the engine to return those numbers at the wheels, not the crank. When launched, Motor Trend found the car capable of 0-60 mph runs in the 4.4 second range and a skid pad effort of over 1.0 g.

So, what's it worth? Hard to say, but the auction has a Buy it Now price of $70,000, though the seller is also entertaining offers. Check out the auction here. Thanks for the tip, Brent!



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. These cars are always the great conundrum. Drive it and the value plummets. Keep it stuffed and mounted and it's not much more than a piece of furniture.

      The heck with it. Buy it and drive it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that these were never meant for the street. The VIN was such that you could not insure it for the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a fantastic eBay find. Although the 2011 GT comes close to those performance numbers now for less money. Still, always loved the 2000 R.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I got a ride in one of these at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan. Let me tell you, regardless of how fast the new GT it, it's not a Cobra-R. These things are built to do one thing, and that's go fast. There's absolutely no creature comfort, torque is not smooth, and you just get blasted back into your seat when the driver hits the gas.

        Conversation I had with the owner/driver, after he gave me the helmet-to-helmet communication system:
        Me - What's that switch do?
        Him - Hold on. (Flips switch) *whrrrrrrrr*
        Me - Is that a rear differential cooler?
        Him - Yes.
        Me - Badass. How the hell do I work this five-point harness.
        Him - Figure it out.

        That car was just amazing, and he was selling it, with a beautiful enclosed trailer, a ton of tires (different types for different conditions), NASCAR style fuel cans, and tons of others. Unfortunately, I didn't have $35k to purchase the car, nor a truck to tow it back to NJ. Bummer.

        • 3 Years Ago
        The fact that, 11 years later, Ford's brand-new Mustang GT is capable of similar numbers shows just how much of a bad-a$$ car this was...11 years ago! I would guess this would be faster around a track too, since they basically handed the loons at SVT a Mustang body and said 'go nuts'. I think I still have a desktop picture around of a Cobra R with rear wheels in a cloud of smoke - brilliant.
        • 3 Years Ago
        2001 Corvette Z06 beat that car in every major driving comparison. 0-60, 1/4 mile, road track times, MPG, cost, and had creature comforts such as A/C and radio to boot. That car is nothing special just rare.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A car not driven is not worth owning.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nah, I get it. I've always wanted to buy something like the Triumph Daytona 675 Special Edition and leave it in the crate. Break it out in 20/30 years for the show circuit. In my scenario though, I would have a "normal" Daytona 675 to actually ride.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh momma I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law


        The jig is up the news is out they've finally found me
        • 3 Years Ago
        yay for 10 year old gas and other fluids!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I suppose there is no possible way that the owner planned on storing the car for a years and took the necessary precautions; that would just be ludicrous!
        • 3 Years Ago
        "One man's folly is another man's wife". But in this case it's a car, and I'd ride the hell out of it. :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agree. Stupid owner has a rust bucket/bad seal/corroded engine, etc. on his hands. Will require extensive work to get it running.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wish someone had done this with an e30 M3 for me when I was 10 so I could go buy it now brand new and then drive he crap out of it. I like this car too, but not for 70K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Last time I checked, those plastic factory wrappings are supposed to be taken off as soon as possible so the paint finish doesn't get damaged after a while. I could be wrong though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are very correct and that is the first thing I thought when I saw the picture. There is going to be issues under the tape. Even if it was under artificial light for that long there will be fading to some extent.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I work at a lexus dealership as a lot attendant. I've seen what the residue from the tape can do to soft lexus paint after a week. Can't imagine what it is like after 10+ YEARS. Every car I clean has lines and waves in the clear from the tape. Don't even get me started on black cars...those cars are screwed by the time I check them in off the semi truck. Not to mention, leaving it on the car and letting it sit outside on the dealer lot until the car is sold like our store decided to do for some reason, lets the water and dirt get underneath and stick to the glue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        clearly stored indoors guys
        • 3 Years Ago
        The car was wrapped, yes, but it looks like it was also covered. I see a car cover balled up on (what looks like another Mustang) the car next to it.

        But yeah, it'll need a good buffing for sure from the adhesive on the film.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I could, I would. I'm sure a good number of us would.
      Ken the Great
      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry,the fit & finish of the "lowly" Mustang II was far ahead of it's time. It was far from heavy or being crappy..........it handled GREAT, rode far better than any previous Mustang.it was NOT a reskinned pinto............. and the mustang II's are starting to gain attention in the hobby................NOTHING WRONG WITH A Mustang II.without them.....we'd have no new ones.......... hell they even got a 302!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars that sit for even ONE YEAR often need new tires and brake rotors. I can barely imagine the startup cost of this thing. Maybe they should have given it the Ted Williams treatment. Upside down and frozen or something.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Leaf springs???? hahahaha....sure
      assasain47
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow guys...great way to fail on actually clicking the link to the ebay sell page. The guy states he starts it up and has it in a climate controlled building. Noone would buy a car, especially like this, put it in a warehouse and forget about it for 10 years. Vettes and vipers are a different class of car compared to a mustang. A Camaro comparison of the same year and spec would be more applicable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad not bad at all. I prefer black but red is pretty sick too.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      What a shame! That's like leaving Cindy Crawford in her mother's womb.
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