This past weekend was a win-win for both the Ford Motor Company and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In an attempt to raise awareness of MS, the Ford Motor Company auctioned its pride and joy: the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet prototype. The car is packed with goodies and ready to race.
Details about the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Prototype:
- 5.0-liter supercharged V8
- T4 racing transmission
- Optional traction “wheelie” bar
- 8.50 ET certified chrome-moly safety cage
- Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels
- Three-link rear suspension
- Lightweight racing brakes
- 9-inch rear axle
- Cobra-branded Recaro seats
What shocked the auction house, and the nation was the amount the car sold for: $200,000! Ford had no reserve on the car and after some feisty bidding at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada, an unidentified bidder won the car. The proceeds will help fund the organization that assists those living with MS, a disease that affects the central nervous system.
“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.”
The person who won this prized 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet prototype will get much more than an NHRA-legal vehicle; they will also become an honorary member of Team Mustang and receive full backstage passes to the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Design Studios and Ford Racing. Along with the membership and car, this lucky owner will get training at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School in Sophia, N.C.; a documentary of their training experience for a future book and film; and a video of the vehicle build, testing, and the action from Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, Nevada.
“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.”
Additional facts about the car:
- Purpose-built factory race car
- Prototype for the 2014 model year racer
- Unique serial number of #2014 BJMS CJXX1
- Fiery Orange satin finish with dark gray reflective stripes
- Distinctive license plate with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo
“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.”