We see a lot of Cobra replicas and the bottom line is always the same: why waste time building one when you can own this one right now? With a strong-running 351, five gears in the transmission, and that traditional Cobra paint scheme, there's a lot to like here, and the build quality really sets this one apart.
The kit is from Classic Roadsters LTD, who have been building Cobras almost as long as Carroll Shelby himself. They might have altered the proportions a bit, but there's no mistaking this slick snake and the longer cockpit makes for a far more user-friendly machine. Finish quality is spectacular, with countless hours invested in the build and expert attention to detail on the bodywork in particular. Colonial White stripes on a Guardsman Blue body offer a retro touch that Ford fans will love, and the paint was done about five years ago, so it looks awesome. You'll never get tired of the view over the curvaceous hood and the stereo sound of those shiny side pipes that add to the industrial look. The meatball on the nose adds a bit of a racing look, and it includes a grille guard up front that's just a good idea, especially with an oil cooler hanging underneath, right where it belongs. It only shows about 1014 miles since it was freshened, so everything remains in excellent condition, and it's quite obvious that someone loved this one enough to go the extra mile.
The low-back buckets look very much like those in an original Cobra and form the foundation of a very driver-oriented interior. They're brand new and couldn't have been cheap, but they add a great deal to the interior, which captures the feel of the original. A full array of Shelby gauges are stacked in the flat-faced dash, adding some authenticity, particularly with the reverse-rotation tachometer there in the center. A Motolita wood steering wheel transmits everything the front wheels are doing directly to your cerebellum and there's a matching wooden knob on the 5-speed shifter. There's an AM/FM/CD stereo, which I suppose is nice, but you'll probably be too busy blipping the throttle to enjoy the stereo sounds coming out of the side pipes. Carpets and wind wings help add to the civilized feel, so you can cruise long distances without feeling like you spent 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. There's also a fully carpeted trunk that includes a battery box with an Optima gel cell inside.
A carbureted 351 cubic inch Windsor V8 with Cleveland heads provides plenty of power and light weight, so the car dances around corners without the nose-heavy feeling of a big block. Fully dressed in Ford Racing regalia, it looks great in the engine bay and offers many OEM parts so service is easy and reliability is excellent. There's a big Holley up top, an MSD ignition system, and both power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes. It's backed by a Doug Nash Richmond 5-speed manual gearbox which offers an overdrive gear for relaxed cruising, although relaxing isn't what a Cobra is about. A Mustang donated its 8.8-inch rear end and with Koni coil overs, handling is predictable and secure, and it rides well enough to be driven every day. The chassis is neatly detailed and built for combat, and those 15-inch Team III Cobra-style wheels are always the right choice, especially with fat 245/60/15 front and 295/50/16 rear BFG radials.
Distinctive, fast fun, this Cobra couldn't be duplicated for the asking price, and you definitely couldn't have it done by this weekend. Call us today and enjoy your new Cobra immediately!