The 2009 FR500CJ Cobra Jet Prototype #XX1 lived up to the hype Saturday bringing in a whopping $375K at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. The Cobra Jet was 1 of 3 prototypes built by Ford for the FR500CJ Cobra Jet platform. The Cobra Jet Prototype was driven on stage by Funny Car racing legend John Force who gave the crowd several engine revs to get them going. Bidding started off on a good pace but eventually stalled in the $100K range. After a few speakers including John Force the bidding picked up and finally settled at the $375K mark. The winner of the auction was Brent Hajek, owner of Hajek Motorsports who also purchased the first production 2009 FR500CJ Cobra Jet
All funds from the auction over $69,999.00 will be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The total amount paid which includes 10% buyers premium ended up being $412,500 so whichever amount you want to go by have at it.
One very odd note worth mentioning is the first 2010 Shelby GT500 (Lot#1347.2) was scheduled to follow the Cobra Jet but did not make the auction for some reason. The GT500 was also pulled from the auction list on Barrett-Jacksons site and the announcers never mentioned a thing during the telecast. Seems very odd that BJ, Ford and Shelby have promoted this auction over the past month and then pull the plug on it. We do know their were at least two 2010 Shelby GT500's on site at Barrett-Jackson because I have seen photos of them. Something major must have happed for them to pull the plug on the auction. Check back often and soon for any details that might arise.
Sorry for the photo above but that is what you get when you take a picture of your TV.