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Jack Roush Ford Mustang Auto Collection - The Collection That Jack Built
Jack Roush Talks About His Favorite Mustangs From His Auto Collection
"Ford came to us around 2000 and asked if we could help them with a concept for a car to celebrate Steve McQueen's Bullitt movie and the green '68 Bullitt Mustang. We took a car out of our inventory and put on the hoodscoop, unique wheels, aluminum gas cap door, aluminum panels on the inside, and a few other appointments. Ford eventually built several thousand as a limited production car. When they were done with this car, they came to get it and said they were going to scrap it. I said, 'Wait a minute, that car is ours, it does not get scrapped.' So now it lives comfortably in Susan's collection here."
"I was so proud of the SN95 project and the fact that we brought it off in 28 months that I wanted a car to represent that body type. So we took an old development car-it's a '94 development car that did 100,000 miles of rough road testing-and built a brand-new car. I wanted side pipes so that was the first time we did them. Because I'd been in NASCAR, I raised the back of the hood about an inch to create a window for cowl induction. We made a log-type intake manifold, turned the throttle body toward the windshield, and sealed it to take the air off the base of the windshield. We put a 355 cubic-inch short-block together, put a set of larger valve cylinder heads on it, and put some tires, brakes, and suspension parts on it. I thought maybe there were ideas that Ford might be interested in, so they took the car and started passing it around. It was gone for two years. The engine got worn out and I never got to drive it. I was sure that intake manifold was going to be the hot setup so we tooled it and cast some, and to the best of my knowledge we've still got them in inventory."
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"We bought this '95 Cobra R off the production line. We did all the development and had a lot of input into this car. It was for enthusiasts, considered to be optimum for using as a starting point for road racing. Built in limited production, it has the same basic engine as the 25th anniversary proposal car that we made for '89. Like the '93 Cobra beside it, this car has not been driven."
"This 427R functioned in my NASCAR activities. I've got a coach that I stay in at the races and I drag a trailer behind it to carry a 4-door Fusion and one of our Roush Performance Mustangs."
"We have a fleet of test cars, and this one was pretty much used up for chassis testing. It was still in our pool, but it had wrinkles under its eyes and looked like it needed a shave. I said, 'Give me the keys to that car.' So we saved the car, putting some new wheels and new suspension components on it as early development for the Stage III. It was headed to the boneyard but it got saved."
"I manage by wandering. Around Christmas 2004, I went through the paint shop to see what was going on and saw this car under a cover. I made the mistake of lifting up the cover to see that the sheetmetal was bent front and rear, even the frame was bent. I then asked two dumb questions. The first one was, 'Did this thing drop off a building?' And I was told that it fell off our truck's lift-gate from what would be a second-story height. Then I asked the second dumb question: 'Who does this car belong to?' Well, because it was a brand-new car that was being delivered to a customer, when it dropped off my truck, it belonged to me. Normally, a car like that would be scrapped. But it was Christmas and I'm a nail-straightener, so I told them to strip the sheetmetal and make arrangements to have the frame straightened. They put new sheetmetal on it, added big brakes, and put on a show-car quality black paintjob with 21-inch flat black stripes on it. We blacked-out some other things to make it monochromatic. I looked at the car and said, "It's a Blackjack." This is BlackJack 1. If it hadn't been for this car falling off a truck, there probably wouldn't have been a Roush Blackjack Mustang."