An opportunity to buy an original 2000 Cobra R, still in it’s shipping wrap, doesn’t come along very often. In fact, this may be the last time you’ll ever see such a good deal.
See the eBay auction here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180617080877 (we suggest you “add to watch list” to see when it was sold, and for how much).
We followed the original development of the 2000 Cobra R with great interest, twice saw pre-production prototypes up close and in-person (and once in a snowstorm in Dearborn!), and accumulated what is probably the largest collection of images on the net. Read lots more, view some unique images here: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-ford/FMC-products/platform-sn95/2000-cobra_r/default.htm
The 2000 Cobra R was the high water mark of the SN95 Cobra, with the most aggressive suspension tuning and certainly the most unique engine. And without the terrible reliability issues of the 2003-2004 supercharged Cobra.
The 2000 Cobra R is without question highly collectible, and the price of $70,000 USD is excellent given it’s original price and the inevitable dealer markup.
Looking at a 2000 model year product from the perspective of 11 years later, in terms of overall driving dynamics an off-the-shelf Camaro SS will easily out-do the 11-year old R. And the upcoming production Boss 302 Mustang will out-do either of these. Sadly, Ford can only seem to deliver special machines like these on a very limited production basis… leaving them in the hands of the (very) few individuals who can afford the ultra-high price and nasty dealer markups. That leaves the great majority of driving enthusiasts shopping elsewhere.
But time marches on, inevitably the manufacturers bring better products to market, and for that we should be thankful.