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The “Original” Cobra Jet Mustang
“Circle your choice in the box provided and return to: Mr. Henry Ford, II, Dearborn, Michigan, 48121. It may be the only way.”
So read the subtitle in Eric Dahlquist’s now-legendary November 1967 Hot Rod magazine story about Tasca Ford’s KR-8. This was a 1967 390 Mustang that the Rhode Island dealer hot-rodded using parts from Ford’s very own parts bin to create a much more “Total Performance” Mustang when Ford Motor Company proved unwilling to do so itself. Tasca’s KR-8 ran deep-13s at 105mph-plus in the quarter-mile, making it competitive with the quicker muscle cars of the day from GM, Mopar, and even, AMC. It was the high-performance Mustang that Ford’s advertising had promised but couldn’t deliver.
Dahlquist (who passed away a month or so before we wrote this) told Hot Rod’s readers if they wanted Ford to build Tasca’s killer Mustang, to circle the “yes” box on the first page, tear it out, and mail it directly to Henry Ford, II. Enough readers did that to flood Ford’s mailroom, convincing them to build the car. This became the 1968 Cobra Jet that went on to kill all comers at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, and go down in history as one of our favorite factory Mustangs of all time.