Cobras are not an endangered species. It is full of them. For many people, such a Cobra is the ultimate sports car just because of its looks. And for the original copies with V8 blocks, amounts are now ticked off with seven digits.
Of course there were the original American copies
But Cobra breeders in the United States and just outside Europe, in England? There were and are bunches of suppliers of Cobra kitcars where there was everything under the hood from a 1600 Ford block to 7,2 liter V8s. Kent Motor Cars of England offered the RAM Cobra in the pictures with a tubular steel frame, as drawn by Formula 1 designer Adrian Reynard. This Cobra replica was made by Thunder Road Cars and they did their very best on it. His overcoat is Salisbury Blue, and the Cobra gray and blue interior and is provided with - again replica made - stickers from the correct time. The audio is provided by a tuned 5.7L V8 small block. And the car comes complete with a whole load of documentation, invoices and maintenance history.
The purebred Cobras
Only 1961 real Cobras were built from 1968 to 998. At the end of 1968, AC stopped production of the Ace body. They continued to produce AC Cobras for Shelby until 1968. It has always been an ongoing project developed and perfected over time. During production, both AC in England and Carroll Shelby in the US made modifications to the iconic roadster. It was either to improve performance or to reduce production costs.
So much loving craftsmanship comes at a price, of course
With respect for the approximately 100 current suppliers of Cobras: But they are actually replicas, of course. A significant part of it is equipped with Ford Pinto blocks or Rover V8s. In addition, the Pinto version is the cheapest, but the most in line with what the Cobra once had as a basis when it was just a British sports car as an AC. And what something like that looks like you can see in the photos of our Anglo Czech friend and international car broker Jan Kurty. The red Cobra is one that was made by Pilgrim and it has about 2 liter Ford Pinto engine with which it is brave enough and very usable.
If you see a Cobra in the wild in Europe now, it is not a real one. Unless he raises his head menacingly and hisses. Freedom is happiness and you do what you can. As a result, not all Cobra replicas are created equal. Over the years, manufacturers have made some really sloppy interpretations of this classic. Although the market forces have driven the worst vandals out of the market, as a Cobrareplica buyer you should do serious research before making a purchase. Worldwide there are about 100 (!) Suppliers of this piece in tribute to The Original.
In the special corner we find the replicas that are not made of polyester, but of aluminum and the BMW Z3s disguised as AC Cobra.
With the question whether all that beauty is still about classics, everyone can come to terms for themselves. But personally, we would find owning such a Tupperware Cobra, even with a Ford Pinto four-cylinder under the hood, as festive. By the way, we see prices in this segment between 15.000 - 150.000 euros.
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