Fans of the ‘80s to early ‘90s style of Mustang might want to keep an eye on this Barrett-Jackson auction at Palm Beach, Florida.
Today, the third generation of Mustang is a little controversial. It’s not that it was a bad car, per se, it just doesn’t really look like any other Mustang that Ford has ever built. And that’s in large part due to Ford using the Fox platform on pretty much every car they made from 1978 all the way to 1993.
And it lent itself to a pretty derivative design for the Mustang. You might notice that the venerable pony car looked a lot like every other car from the ‘80s and early ‘90s--or any other sports car, for that matter.
But the design has its adherents, and some folks really love this generation of Mustang. This particular model, a 1993 Mustang Cobra R, was the top of the line for its era. Under the hood is a 5.0-L V8 engine with 235 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty took 5.7 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile time of around 14.3 seconds, which doesn’t sound all that impressive for today, but it was pretty good back in ‘93.
To keep weight to a bare minimum, the Cobra R got rid of a few luxury items. Namely, the radio, air conditioning, and even the rear seats. This is not exactly a comfy car, but it is as light as Ford could make it at the time.
Only 107 were made. This one, being sold at Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach from April 11th to April 13th, is number 73. It had two previous owners and only clocked in 589 miles on the odometer. It has original documents, stickers, and even the original grease marks.
Motor Trend points out that a different Mustang Cobra R sold for as much as $132,000 at auction earlier this year. If that’s any indication, then this one is probably going to go for a similar price. Guess these old Mustangs are pretty popular after all.