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AutoHunter Spotlight: 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Type R

In 2000 this was the fastest Mustang ever built


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this low-mileage 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Type R.

The 2000 Cobra Type R was an amazing car. Somehow John Coletti, the engineering manager at Ford Special Vehicle operations, was able to get the approval to build a completely no compromises Mustang. The car had no sound deadening material, no A/C, no radio. The car had nothing that would make it slower and only included parts that would make it faster. It is a bare bones throwback kind of car, and we love Ford for building it.

The car was only offered in one color combination: Performance Red with a Dark Charcoal interior. That interior includes Recaro buckets and no rear seats. Additional features were a rear wing and a front splitter which was delivered with the car new unattached, as Ford recommended only mounting it for road race competition.

The 2000 Mustang Cobra Type R was the fastest Mustang had built at the time, having a 175-mph top speed and able to cover the quarter-mile time of 13.2 seconds at 110 mph. In addition the revised suspension allowed the car to generate 1.02 G’s on the skid pad, and the Brembo brakes had a stopping distance from 70 mph to 0 in 160 feet. These are serious cars.

Ford only built 300 of the 2000 Mustang Cobra Type R, and the cars have been collector cars since new.

Our AutoHunter Spotlight is a great example of a 2000 Cobra Type R with a total of only 18k from new, and, though slightly modified, it includes all the parts it came with new.

The seller describes the car as #248 of the 300 cars produced. It is powered by a Modular 5.4-liter V8 mated to a TREMEC T-56 six-speed manual transmission and a Visteon limited-slip differential. Finished in its original Performance Red over a charcoal gray cloth interior, this fourth-generation Mustang is now offered by the selling dealer with original sales documentation, service records, build documentation, a clean CARFAX report, and a clear title.

The exterior of this Cobra Type R looks from the pictures to be as good as it was when new. The only modifications are reversible and include a front tow hoop, a windshield decal, and the Ford logo on rear bumper.

The interior is the same as it looks as it did when new with no wear seen in the photos. Modifications to the interior include a Hurst shifter, a drop-in-fit AutoMeter Pro-Comp Ultra Lite gauge cluster, and a carpeted steel wall separation between cabin and trunk which must make it a little quieter.

Under the hood is the factory SVT Modular 5.4-liter V8 which was factory-rated at 385 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, and it is currently rated at 458 horsepower with 455 ft/lbs of torque according to the dyno sheets. It features an air-to-oil cooler system, a Canton Racing Products oil pan, a custom air inlet tube with K&N air filter, and a Bassani exhaust system.

There is more to talk about with this car, so be sure to check out and read all the data in the listing here. Again, everything changed can easily be put back to stock and all the original parts that have been swapped are included with the sale.

These cars are very rare and ones with this few miles, but not so few that you can’t drive it, are hard to find. If you want a nice usable example of the crazy fast 2000 Ford Mustang Type R this is your chance. Car and Driver magazine in their review of the 2000 Cobra Type R stated that, “Ford SVT aims high with a balls-out effort, and hits a bull’s-eye.”

The auction for this 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Type R ends Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 11:45 a.m. (PDT).

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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