Donald Fotti was one of the lucky buyers who purchased a factory Cobra Jet for less than $2,500 in 1971. Rather than letting the car appreciate in value, Fotti chose to race the Cobra Jet on tracks and streets throughout the US and Canada.
Ford introduced the Cobra Jet option in late 1967 for its 1968 models, with a production of 50 limited-edition Cobra Jet Mustangs to qualify for NHRA stock racing classes. These non-GT fastback models were painted Wimbledon White and had a black vinyl interior. The 428 Cobra Jet engine was paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and a 3.89-geared 9-inch rear axle. The CJ option was also available in regular production Mustang and Shelby models, resulting in a total of 2,870 models with the CJ option in 1968.
Fotti’s Cobra Jet still has its original Acapulco blue paint and a set of period-correct Keystone mag wheels. The video below provides more details about Fotti’s story, including his racing experiences in the NMCA/NMRA series.