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Don LaBar’s former Bondurant Cobra now has a home on the street
Bondurant Street Car
Don LaBar has a thing for Mustangs that go around corners. We were able to see him whip his Shelby GT350 around VIR at the most recent SVT Superfest. We also learned he has another corner veteran in his stable with this 1999 Bondurant Mustang Cobra. Any Mustang enthusiast worth his/her salt knows about these cars, but Don will help educate those that may be new to the party.
Don tells us these cars were special-ordered from Ford Performance, and shipped to Roush for complete disassembly, and rebuilt to Bondurant specs. “It's a part of Mustang history and connections to Ford Performance, Bob Bondurant, SVT, and Jack Roush really make it unique,” Don says. Specifically, Don says his particular car, number 52, was used by instructors at the Bondurant Racing School, located in Chandler, Arizona.
The unique aspect of Don’s Bondurant car is that it is street-legal. The gentleman who bought the car from Bob Bondurant was an attorney, and he was able to apply for a title for the car, and get it registered as a street car. The attorney reportedly wanted a dual-purpose HPDE car that he could drive to and from different events. “This is one of only 3 that are known to have a title and are able to be driven on the road,” Don says.
The engines in Bondurant Cobras were stock, but with a custom tune, an 8-quart road racing oil pan, a 1995 Cobra R radiator and oil cooler, and many other add-ons to control fluid temperatures. The cars featured numerous chassis and suspension modifications, of course, including Monroe GP shocks and struts, Eibach springs, a Roush-designed panhard bar and torque arm, and revised front suspension geometry.
If this Bondurant Cobra thought it would live a life of luxury after its job was done, we’re sorry to say it was sadly mistaken. The Cobra will still be getting regular work outs, thanks to Don. Somehow though, we’re sure the Cobra is happy about that fact.