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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1968 Ford Mustang

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Lightweight Cobra Jet-powered 1968 Ford Mustang drag racer for sale on From the seller’s description:

S/N 8F02R135054

It began its Drag Racing life in February 1968 at the Pomona NHRA Winternationals, driven by legendary driver Gas Ronda. 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. This was one of only six “CJ” Mustangs to race at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California and the only one thought to have competed at every Pomona Winternationals from 1968 to 1986.

After the 1968 Winternationals, the car was purchased for $1.00 by Leo Roy who drove it to the Division 4 Championship in 1970. Lloyd Bray and D.G. Gillam purchased it in 1971 and over the course of the next 17 years they set the following NHRA National Records:

July 25, 1981, Brainerd International Raceway, SS/F 10.45 seconds at 128.74 MPH
April 23, 1983, Pueblo Motorsports Park, SS/G 10.44 seconds at 127.55 MPH

The car was purchased from D.G. Gillam and Lloyd Bray in 1987 by the current owners who spent the next 16 years meticulously researching, locating and purchasing parts to do a complete restoration of the car to honor its original 1968 heritage. Once they had the parts and the funds, the restoration began and was completed in 2003 just in time for Ford’s 100th Anniversary Show.

This is one of the six original “lightweight” 1968 Winternationals Mustang CJ’s and has been fully restored and has complete ownership and racing history documentation as well as the original VIN plate.

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Brighton, Michigan
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