Well, I think my decision has been made for me.
Here were my choices:
1999 Cobra Vert, Rio Red, 12.8k miles. Driven by a grandma who is getting rid of it because her arthritis prevents her from driving a stick. Downside: car has had a lot of idle time, and has not been driven since September (except when I drove it today). Price, $23k.
1998 Cobra Vert, Chrome Yellow, 7.7k miles. Never met the owner, someone else was handling the sale for him, and he wanted 26.5k for the car. I told him it would need to be far closer to $20k, and he declined.
So you can guess what my plans are. Tomorrow I expect to end the day owning another Cobra. This time a '99 :-). I know that the HP fix has been performed.
So when were these cars produced -- it looks like this one was sold in early August of 1999. Does that make it an early model or a later one? I'll have to call SVT once I get it and find out the build number, I suppose. Come to think of it, I'll just ask grandma for the certificate. She's keeping the SVT jacket, 'cause it's waaaay to small to fit me :-).
The only two problems with the 1999 that I can see are that it has been sitting for 6 months -- translation: it will be getting an oil change within the next couple of days, and won't see anything more than 3500 rpm until then. And it's got a ding from something falling off the wall of their garage. Not a bad ding (about the diameter of a quarter, and very shallow), I'm going to find out whether it can be fixed with "paintless" dent removal. Unfortunately it's at the top of the quarter panel, which is about the last place I'd like to see any dings.
Ok, sorry about all the chatter. I'm quite pleased, if you can't tell... spring is a comin, and I plan to be in a drop-top for it! :-) Yes, even in Oregon there is sunny weather occasionally. hehehe