Cobra R, prototype, test mule, fox body, GT

1991 Ford Mustang

Technical specifications of Ford Mustang 1991

Price: US $45,000.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Tempe, Arizona, United States
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Year: 1991
Mileage: 19550
VIN: 1FACP42EXMF158881
Color: Metallic Teal
Engine size: 5.0
Number of cylinders: 8
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

1991 Ford Mustang fox body prototype Cobra R test mule for SVT


Left the factory as a fully finished Ford GT, red, 5 spd (see Marti Report)

Never officially sold

Never registered

Never titled

Michigan bureau of vehicle records, Marti Report, NICB, InstaVin and Carfax have no records of ownership, registration, title, recall work, theft, total loss, or warranty service


Car was immediately put into service by the SVT for the purpose of high performance testing for as yet to be named Cobra R.

Predates 3 known Cobra R prototypes of 1992. Those 3 cars were complete and shown to dealers and the press in 1992. This car was a raw test mule used during 1991.


Car was painted metallic teal and stripped to a cobra R configuration. It appears that the car was completely stripped of rubber weather stripping and all other trim prior to teal paint to a level that that subsequent owners wouldn't have gone to the trouble for. Under hood photo shows emissions sticker and other clips all replaced after teal paint was applied. This strongly indicates that paint was applied by Ford rather than private individuals. The color alone indicates car was being tested as cobra type of car rather than a police or pace car. Rear disc brakes (4 lug) also fitted by Ford.


The car was run for at least a year before the team pulled the motor for "autopsy" and at that point the car was to be destroyed.

The car then made it to North Carolina where Ford supplied a new motorsports engine and various other high-performance parts to a Mr Jeffrey Opal for "development purposes" in his "race program”. (See letter signed by L.H.Morse, Manager-Ford Performance Operations)


Ownership Timeline

1991 to 1992 Ford SVT Michigan

1993 to 1999 a NASCAR related racing program North Carolina

1999 to 2003 private owner #1 North Carolina

2003 to 2016 private owner #2 Maryland

2016 to present private owner #3 Arizona


I have had numerous conversations with private owners one and two. Both are retired from the auto industry. Notably private owner #1 worked with various NASCAR teams. Private owner #1 acquired the car from Mr Opal with the understanding that the car was supposed to have been destroyed rather than sold. None of private owners have made any notable alterations to the car other than the following:


Private Owner # 1 kept cobra wheels and racing seats. Added common front seats, metric wheels

Private Owner # 2 oil change and new battery

Private Owner # 3 removed metric wheels in favor of current wheels, oil change, new battery.



Alterations and modifications


Ford SVT

Removed rear seat, radio, cruise control, firewall VIN tag, buck tag, rear drum brakes


Added metallic teal paint, rear disc brakes, prototype cobra R body trim, bumpers and rear spoiler, GT 40 intake, block off plate for radio, lowered/altered suspension geometry, cobra wheels that were all one direction wheels as Ford had not yet made a right and left side wheel.


SVT kept door tag on original driver side door. No evidence of tag tampering or that the door has been changed. Under paint on front fender remains faint remnants of last digits of VIN confirming the authenticity of VIN/car. Door tag was masked prior to teal paint rather than being removed and reapplied.



"NASCAR related Race Program”

Removed ac, O2 sensor harness, cruise control, cobra R body side trim, air pump, other emission equipment


Added Ford Motorsports engine, intake, long tube headers, elec radiator fan, racing seats and harnesses, shift knob, custom cam, throttle body, custom calibrated mass air sensor, IAB solenoid dated 6-23-92, see photo.


Private Ownership

Use by last 3 owners was for projects that never materialized. The car was thought to have been worth more as a parts donor car than the historic car that it appears to be now. It was stored with very few miles put on it. Car shows 19k but speedo indicates approx 65mph at an actual 40mph, so actual mileage is considerably less. The car is tight and certainly drives like a low mile example of this era Mustang. Motor is sound. Doesn't smoke or use oil. No leaks. Paint in decent shape. Damage to hood and cowl. Interior fair. No rear seat. Surface rust on under carriage from storage in garage next to Chesapeake bay, MD. No evidence of body repair. Glass is good. Black trim shows fading from AZ sun. Carpet shows sun fade also.


I'll do what I can to answer any questions or add photos as needed.

No warranty, as is where is.

Buyer responsible for pick up or shipping of vehicle.

$500.00 deposit via pay pal required 48 hours after close of auction.

Balance due via bank wire transfer within 7 days. Transfer may take overnight to clear.

No money orders or cashiers checks.

Car has no title despite "clear" status above. No title was ever issued at any point in the history of the car.











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