1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight 428 Cobra Jet For Sale in Brighton, Michigan 48116
If you are someone who collects or appreciates authentic muscle cars that are laced with a rich, illustrious racing history than you owe it to yourself to check out this 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight. Although it features a sleek, muscular styling that is dressed in Wimbledon White paint and complemented by a black leather interior, this '68 Mustang is much more than meets the eye. It carries an extensive and prestigious history that has truly enabled its one of a kind presentation. It is one of only 50 original factory 135 Mustang Lightweights, one of only six original 135 Lightweights to race at the 1968 "Winternationals" in Pomona, and one of only two 135 Lightweights to reach the 1968 finals. With two NHRA National Records, this Lightweight Mustang is perfect for anyone who is passionate about the dynamic display of power and performance provided by a classic racing icon!
This '68 Mustang Lightweight is thought to have competed at every Winternationals from 1968 to 1986. Highlights of its career include being driven by legendary driver Gas Ronda as its life began in February of 1968 at the Pomona NHRA Winternationals. It was one of only two "CJ's" to make it to the SS/EA finals in its debut, where Ronda lost to Dick Landy in S/N XXX050. It was purchased by Leo Roy after the 1968 Winternationals for $1.00 who drove it to the Division 4 Championship in 1970. It was then purchased in 1971 by Lloyd Bray and D.G. Gillam, and again by Danny and Mary Girolomo in 1987. The current owners spent the next 16 years thoroughly researching, locating, and purchasing correct parts to complete a full restoration that would honor the car's 1968 heritage. It underwent a comprehensive frame-off restoration that was completed in 2002 by R&R Restorations with meticulous attention to detail invested into every facet of its care. With its exceptionally clean appearance both inside and out, its easy to see that no expense has been spared in preserving this vehicle's original look and luster.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight 428 Cobra Jet boasts numerous awards and honors. It was shown at Ford's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2003 and it won the Award of Excellence at the Mustang 40th Anniversary in 2004, which took place in Nashville. Other highlights include being shown on the cover of National Dragster on July 20th, 1984 and being featured as a centerfold in Muscle Car Review during the Winter of 2006 in an article about the restored Gas Ronda Cobra Jet. The historical importance of this car to the evolution of drag racing cannot be overstated. It is currently on loan to the Gilmore Car Museum at Hickory Corners, Michigan (near Kalamazoo). It is on display in the hospitality building and the specific address is available upon request.
This car is most certainly one of a kind and hard to truly value as it carries a priceless legacy. However, Don Fezell's "Daddy Warbucks", one of the original 50 Cobra Jet Lightweights just sold in January at the Mecum Kissimee Auction for $245,000. This car is not only one of the same 50, but it is also one of the six to race at the '68 Winternationals and one of the two to reach the finals. Complete documentation is available to serious, potential buyers of this important piece of drag racing history. Call today for more information on how this drag racing icon can be yours!!!
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