14k: Saffron Sleeper: 2001 Ford Focus V8 swap

Is a sleeper still sleepy if it’s wearing an eyeball-searing color? This rear-drive Focus uses a 5.0-liter Windsor V8 and transmission from a 1993 Cobra, plus a ton of custom fabrication to make it fit under the stock Focus bodywork. It all comes together with exceptional handiwork that looks like a factory job. You can’t miss it, but you definitely won’t expect it either. Find this 2001 Ford Focus with SVT Cobra V8 swap for sale here on eBay or craigslist in Philadelphia, PA for $13,500 via craigslist. 

Interestingly, the seller ditched the Cobra’s stock GT-40 heads for E7TE units that have been ported and polished with a five-angle valve job. Factor in cams, 24lb injectors, and supporting breather mods, and the claimed 330 horsepower – a 100 bump over stock – is quite plausible. It sits with room to spare in the engine bay, secured by a tubular engine cradle. Shifting is accomplished with the classic Borg-Warner World Class T-5. Out back, the Mustang’s 8.8″ rear end has been custom mounted, and a Kugel 4-link rear suspension replaces the stock multilink setup.


Some brief digging shows a for sale thread for this car on Focus Fanatics from 2008. After six pages of Focus owners chanting “Sick car, man… good luck with sale… free bump…” while holding hands around fouled O2 sensors and vinyl headlight appliques, no buyer could be conjured up. But the thread contains pertinent information for potential buyers: The car had just 50k miles before the two-year-long build, the seller is a Ford Master Technician, and there are over 700 pictures of the build process.

Another gem from the forum: “Ford has done testing on the focus chassis and it can handle 700 HP before it would twist” (all in a day’s work for some lucky Ford engineer!). In other words, bring on the forced induction, baby. You’ve got room to grow. Except for the Autometer gauges that only go to 120.

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