Ford debuted the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible earlier today at the Chicago Auto Show, but it wasn't the only Mustang vying for our attention on the show floor. In fact, we had a hard time keeping our eyes off this Vibrant Red beauty.

The pony car in question? A 1993 SVT Cobra R, the pinnacle of the Fox Body Mustang. The standard SVT Cobra made its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in 1992, and its reappearance in the Windy City was a fitting reminder of the 20th anniversary of Ford's Special Vehicle Team.

So what makes the 1993 SVT Cobra R so special? For starters, just 107 were produced, making it one of the rarest Mustangs ever built by Ford. The 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 is the same powerplant as the one in the standard Cobra, but the R model had less weight to push around thanks to the removal of the rear seats, radio, air conditioning and all sound deadening material. Ford also fitted the Cobra R with adjustable Koni shocks, larger front and rear brakes, 17-inch wheels shod with Goodyear tires, an external engine oil cooler and power steering fluid cooler, aluminum radiator and more.

The particular Cobra R brought to the show by Ford is literally a time capsule from the early '90s and in incredible condition. Amazingly, the odometer reads just over 4,100 miles. You can check out the car in detail in the gallery above.


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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've had a soft spot for Fox Body mustangs since I was 4 years old. My father bought himself a brand new 1989 LX Hatchback and I wanted nothing more than to go for rides and hear that V8 rumble. These cars turned me into the motorhead I am today.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 2 Years Ago
      In a broad sense, I would say the Fox Body is the most understated Mustang of all time. Seriously, most people I talk to about Fox Body Mustangs talk about the era like it was the dark ages. In actuality, it was the Mustang's resurgence. It carried the nameplate through some tough times. It was a straightforward design. The fact that it wasn't drop dead gorgeous is part of its appeal.
        Hemihead90
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        Fox bodies are great because they're so light. Thats why they're used for drag racing and their ability to hook up on takeoff. Plus you can get parts for them from just about anywhere. The "dark era" for the Mustang is the Mustang II era. Back when it was a Pinto with a V8.
      buckhorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2000 Cobra R is the one to get. 385hp, 6 speed, 1g, Brembo's, etc.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @buckhorn
        2000 R didn't even have a radio in hopes of competing with the Z06. Didn't work, and the Z06 had a radio, HUD, AC...
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          There was no Z06 when the 2000 Cobra R came out and it was faster than the LS1 Vette that was out at the time.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          That still shows no reason why it would be built to compete with a vehicle that wasn't even in production yet. Mustangs (especially ones using close to the same platform for over 20 years) weren't designed to compete with Corvettes. That's why the Ford GT was built a few years later. Even if I was 12, I wouldn't be using "anyways" in an argument. Do you own either a Corvette or Cobra? I own a 2003 Cobra, and last time I checked, a 12 year old couldn't legally drive one.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @buckhorn
        The Terminator? I hope it'll be back!
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          03-04 Cobras are Terminators
        Peter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @buckhorn
        Agreed! http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0004_ford_svt_mustang_cobra_r/viewall.html
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised people are not thinking that car in the photo is a new car, like everyone was in the Lambo SUV article some days ago. lol
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        No kidding. I couldn't believe people were that stupid lol, but then with some of the people who post on AB, I really shouldn't have been surprised.
      05 Stang GT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see this car and it brings back memories of the first Mustang I had. My 93 5.0 notchback. I had some great times in that car.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I like the 1993 svt cobra, I would rather have a Pristine 1986 SVO Mustang. I think it was a best looking fox bodied mustangs.
      Joey Franklin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I almost bought one of the regular 93 cobras in that teal color, it was beautiful i just hated the interior.
      Aleem
      • 2 Years Ago
      MEMORIES.....when I see this car
      Ammo_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks SVT! Loved my 1994 Cobra and 1998 SVT Contour E1 while I had them.
      Tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still looks great after all these years. I'd love to own a notch.
      MTU 5.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet!!
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have always loved the '93R and it will be one of my first purchases in my powerball Mustang collection.
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