You want respect on the street? Drive this 1966 Shelby Cobra replica. EVERYONE knows they're fast, and this one is no different, with its 351 cubic inch powerplant, gorgeous green bodywork, and modern rubber wrapped around vintage-looking wheels. Why waste time building your own when this one is available right now for about what you'd spend building your own.
It's based on a Lonestar kit and was professionally built by the guy who built most of Lonestar's engines, and with just 10,151 miles since it was completed, you know it's nice. How nice? Well, that dark green paint shines up rather well and the bodywork captures the musclebound stance of the Cobra almost perfectly. The look is more traditional than a lot of Cobra replicas running around today, and Wimbledon White racing stripes keep it from looking naked, as any un-striped Cobra does. Authentic details like the fender vents, hood scoop, and roll bar behind the driver are there just in case anyone needs any reminders as to what kind of car this is, and cackling side pipes just make it look (and sound) butch. Prep work was nicely done, leading to a car that fits together quite well and definitely attracts attention out on the road.
The interior is how you do a Cobra right. Low-back bucket seats with lots of bolstering and a cool shape mean that this car is actually quite comfortable, and the industrial-strength race vibe is present in mass quantities thanks to racing harnesses (5-point for the driver, 3-point for the passenger). A beautiful wood-rimmed steering wheel on a tilt column makes it quite a bit more accommodating than an original Cobra and the lovely instrument panel with elegant Smiths gauges is perfect for a sports car that can trace its roots back to England. You can forget radio and A/C, and if you need those things in your Cobra, well, perhaps you should stick to your Camry instead, because the side pipes provide all the stereo you'll need. A stubby shifter with a matching wooden knob manages the Tremec 5-speed gearbox and the secondary controls use very British toggle switchs. Wind wings are actually a rather useful feature for open-air motoring at speed, and this Cobra includes a decent-sized and usefully-shaped trunk, too.
A stout 351 cubic inch Windsor V8 fits under the forward-tilting hood rather nicely, and with the lightweight small block up front, performance and handling are razor-sharp. With a big 4-barrel carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, and an upgraded cam in the block, it grunts out big horsepower and feels equal to an original 427 without the mass. As you'd expect, it's scary fast, yet happy to idle in traffic thanks to the oversized radiator, and it certainly looks right with finned Cobra valve covers and a shiny chrome air cleaner that looks a lot like the original. The front suspension is comprised of tubular A-arms, rack-and-pinion steering, and coil-over shocks, while the stout 9-inch rear end hangs on a modified trailing arm suspension, and there are disc brakes at all four corners. Those aforementioned side pipes are ceramic-coated for lasting good looks, and the wheels look like vintage Halibrands, especially with those fat 235/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Goodyear rubber.
This awesome Cobra cackles and rumbles like the real deal, yet you can drive it every day if that's your thing. Don't wait, call today!