Cobra Jet Mustang to be sold for charity at Barrett Jackson, Jan. 19

A hand-built, 50th anniversary edition Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale to benefit the Fighter Country Foundation at Luke Air Force Base. (Submitted photo)

A rare, hand-built 50th anniversary edition Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be auctioned off about 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale.

According to a press release, Sanderson Ford is auctioning what is called the “hottest, fastest, most powerful drag racing Mustang ever” to benefit Fighter Country Foundation: Supporting the Men, Women, Families and Mission of Luke Air Force Base.

Fighter Country Foundation is the primary non-governmental liaison between Luke AFB and the Valley. The organization provides enhanced quality of life for Luke’s families and “tell the story of Luke AFB and it’s local, national and international impact,” the release noted.

The storied Ford Mustang Cobra Jet dates back to 1968 during the muscle car era when production-car drag racing was all the rage. “Horsepower was king and enthusiasts wanted the most powerful engine in the lightest of cars,” the release said.

The Ford Motor Company is said to have led the way with the most successful drag racing Mustangs in history, according to the release.

From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets that dominated the 1968 NHRA Winter-nationals to modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues building on Cobra Jet’s success at the track for more than five decades.

Sanderson Ford is auctioning off the eighth of 68 serialized 50th Anniversary Cobra Jets built. The car is in running to become the first seven-second Stock Eliminator car in NHRA history, the release added.

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