Last weekend in Las Vegas was a busy one for Barrett-Jackson. One of the highly-anticipated cars, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Prototype fetched $200,000 with all proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This organization assists people living with the unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
A spirited bidding war lit up the auction block with the anonymous winning bidder becoming a proud new owner of this bright orange Cobra Jet prototype. Not only is the winning bidder a proud new owner of an NHRA-legal vehicle, they have also become an honorary member of Team Mustang with full backstage passes to the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Design Studios and Ford Racing. The winning bidder also made a very important donation to help fight against MS.
“Watching the car cross the block in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was very rewarding,” says Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “It is an amazing competition-ready car that will make any team an instant force in its class. This Mustang Cobra Jet will be an inspiring reminder for anyone who sees it on the drag strip to continue working to combat the effects of MS.”
This 2014 Cobra Jet is powered by a supercharged 5.0L V-8 engine connected to a T4 racing transmission. It comes with an optional traction “wheelie” bar, 8.50 ET certified chrome-moly safety cage, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, 9-inch rear axle, and custom Cobra-branded Recaro seats.
This particular Cobra Jet was the prototype for the 2014 model year and sports the unique serial number of #2014 BJMS CJXX1. It is a head-turner painted in a fiery orange satin clad with dark gray reflective stripes. Even the license plate features the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo.
What else did the winning bidder acquire?
- Training at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School in Sophia, NC
- Experience captured for a future Mustang book and documentary
- Video of the actual vehicle build, testing and the action from Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas.
“We cannot be more grateful to the entire team at Ford Motor Company for their tireless work for our cause,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society. “Because of the incredible outcome of this auction, we will be able to move even closer to creating a world free of MS.”
“We’re pleased this Mustang Cobra Jet captured so much attention at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Ford’s long-standing relationship with Barrett-Jackson gives us the opportunity to help charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Brain Injury Association of America; Carroll Shelby Foundation; and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through unique vehicle sales.”