Back in the late ’60s, Ford rolled out Mustangs from the factory with a Cobra Jet engine. Before that happened, Bob Tasca wanted something hotter than the standard 390 cubic-inch Mustang GT of the era. To build his prototype 1968 Tasca Lightweight Cobra Jet Mustang, he went through the Ford Parts Catalog and chose parts to make his ride faster. The result was a prototype car dubbed KR-8 packed with a 428 cubic-inch “Police Interceptor” V8 engine with 406 heads and a GT390 camshaft.
All the parts used in the prototype build were straight out of the parts catalog. Eventually, Tasca made 50 of the cars known as the 1968 Tasca Lightweight Cobra Jet. The publicity from these 50 production cars inspired Ford to sent five Wimbledon White Mustang Fastbacks to the NHRA Winternationals in January of 1968.
These “Lightweight” cars lacked any seam sealer or sound deadener and used many of the modifications that Tasca had made, including a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8. The Mustangs dominated the event. The 1968 Tasca Lightweight Cobra Jet Mustang in the images here is for sale and is one of 50 cars that were made. It has been completely restored and is just like new inside and out.
The Mustang has had a full rotisserie restoration and has full documentation. It has a Deluxe Marti Report, full owner history, previous registrations, restoration receipts, and a Ford certificate of origin. The 428 cubic-inch V8 is paired up with a 4-speed manual transmission, and the car is listed as having 52,745 miles. We aren’t sure if those are original miles or not. The seller is mum on the price asking interested parties to call. You can bet it will go for big bucks. Check out this Tasca Boss 302 racing car that sold back in 2017.