Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Crystal asks: You have driven lots of cars (I’ve been reading your reviews since the ’90s) and I’m wondering whether there are any you were personally tempted to buy? That would be a strong recommendation, which is why I’m interested. Love your stuff – thanks!
My reply: A few do stand out. One I will never forget was the ’95 Cobra R Mustang Ford let me play with for a whole week. For those not hip, this was probably the last race car you could buy and drive as a street car – if you had an SCCA road racing license, lots of cash and a friend inside Ford who could massage the paperwork for you.
I had something close – press credentials.
That got me a week in the R, which had almost nothing most people want and everything a guy like me desires.
It had no radio.
It didn’t even have back seats.
No power windows, either.
What it did have was the last of the 351 cubic inch (5.8 liter) small block Ford V8s ever factory installed in a new Mustang, with a hot cam and high-capacity injectors and tube headers whose heat you could feel through the uninsulated floorpans. A close-ratio five-speed Tremec manual transmission and a high-capacity fuel cell in the trunk, to give it legs for a non-stop 112 MPH (average) run up to New York City from the DC ‘Burbs one hot summer night.
If, like Cher, I could turn back time I would have sold a kidney or whatever else it took to buy that car – but I was not wise enough to do it and so allI have left are memories.
But they’ll do!
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