Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am is Vintage, Gorgeous & Deadly

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Ford Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am

This amazingly preserved and historically significant Roush Trans Am Mustang is the vintage racer of our dreams.

Ford’s Mustang has enjoyed a long history of motorsports success. But while many think only of straight-line racing when it comes to America’s pony car, the Mustang has also enjoyed tremendous success in series such as Trans Am. And we aren’t just talking about the obvious elephant in the room, the Boss 302. Throughout the ’90s, Roush enjoyed a dominant effort in Trans Am racing with a nearly factory-backed series of rides like this real-deal Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am car.

Unlike old school, production model-based racers, this was an era when race cars were real race cars. Purpose-built with a tube chassis, big-time horsepower, and prodigious amounts of downforce. With top speeds approaching 200 mph, this Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am car could still whip many modern supercars around a track—despite being built nearly 30 years ago.

Ford Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am

This particular racer looks like a perfect candidate for anyone looking to get into the vintage racing foray. It’s a 1991 Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am that’s headed to the RM Sotheby Dingman Collection auction. If that name rings a bell, it’s because it belongs to longtime Ford Motor Company director Michael Dingman.

Ford Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am

Dingman wasn’t just some corporate suit, either. He had an affinity for everything from Flathead V8s to Blue Oval signs and other collectibles. And, of course, this amazingly preserved racer. When it comes to Trans Am cars from this era, Roush cars represent the absolute gold standard.

They were tremendously successful cars, achieving performance that’s still impressive to this day. And you can bet that if there’s an organ that’ll fetch enough cash on the black market, we’d it off in an attempt to get this incredible Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am in our garage.

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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