I have lusted after these cars since the first time I saw one, well, actually a poster of one. That was 33 years ago. I could have built a kit Cobra, and I looked at all of them. But when I saw a Superformance Cobra, I knew there was no way I could build a car of that caliber for that money, even with my free labor. I was still just dreaming of getting a Superformance Cobra when I started an ongoing search on Ebay two years ago. But, when the stock market tanked, my wife and I decided it was time to move some of our remaining money into a more stable investment. When the right car showed up on Ebay, we bought it sight unseen. I wouldn't recommend buying any kit Cobra sight unseen, but with a Superformance you can be certain that you are getting a well built, solid, and reliable car with a factory fit and finish that s second to none. I guess it goes without saying that owning my dream car couldn't have happened without the support of my wife. After 26 years of watching me go crazy every time I saw a Cobra I think she actually got the bug too. In fact, as we got closer to getting our Cobra, she cut her hair shorter and shorter until she achieved the perfect Cobra coif; capable of enduring the hurricane force winds that are common in a Cobra cockpit. Now that s a supportive wife!
I have loved Cobras since the 60's. More than ANY other car I've always wanted one of these! Every time I would see a picture of one in a magazine or on TV, I always told my wife, "If I could have ANY car on the road, I would want this one!" I had never investigated Cobras thinking they were all too expensive until I met Rod Allen (1573) and found out one was within my reach after all. I've been smiling ever since! The most difficult part was selecting a color...absolutely agonizing. The rest was easy. I have since seen a lot of different Cobras and Superformance, by FAR, builds the best. If you want to drive your car a lot like I do, it's the only way to go. Even better than the car, if you can imagine that, is membership in SCOF. Absolutely some of the best people I have met in my life. While I don't feel sorry for anyone who owns a Superformance car, owning one without being on SCOF is missing half the potential fun. Meeting up with SCOF friends and cruising together is really the best of times.
In 1964 I had my first ride in a 289 Cobra- I have recapped that moment in my mind a zillion times. About then, I set goals in life; one was to own a 427 Cobra. Forty years later I could finally see that dream turn to reality. Not being able to opt for an original, I looked into kit Cobras which just didn't do it for me (I had just completed a 23 year ground up, body-off restoration on my 1965 Corvette Fuelie and was burnt out) and then discovered I could get a better than original Cobra that was professionally constructed from a factory, with state of the art race-worthy components and a paint job that would knock your socks off. Now, every time I hit that start button, my pulse races just like it did that day in 1964, but this time I'm behind the wheel!
On one of my cross country motorcycle trips from PA to the west coast to the September 2005 Reno Air Races, I stopped to visit with Dennis Olthoff near Charlotte, NC on the way back. I explained my dilemma to him and he said he could help me out. I found this almost NOS 427 FE side oiler twenty years earlier, had my race shop prepare, dyno and pickle it for me. It has been in my hangar ever since. I had no MKIII Cobra to install it in, so lucky me, here is Dennis so willing to help. I said I would return in the spring and pick one up. I don't think he believed me. In any case, come the following spring, I picked up 2328. I did my own installation. Dial indicated everything, drove it for a year or so with the original dual 600 Holleys, 7 or 8 MPG and many Carb. adjustments later, the flat spots were gone Bottom line, go with a the Edelbrock performer, Holley hp carb. and use your air/fuel ratio gauge and fine tune. The car ran even better right away. Smooth, no flat spots, except for above 6000rpm, power felt the same. Mileage is now 15 MPG, and that is on normal country roads. I think on an open highway it will show 18 or so. By the way, I bit my tongue hard and went with a 650 instead of a 750 or larger for all the normal reasons. I might mention I am part owner of Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, NJ. Therefore, I get to "test" changes made on the runway anytime it becomes necessary. I have owned Ken's Auto Body, Frenchtown, NJ for the last 37 years. I am an ATP pilot and active flight instructor though I do not fly commercially nor instruct much at this point. Several years back I built an experimental airplane, A Glasair III,( 2 seat, 1700 lbs. 350 hp, 540 c.i. Lycoming, 285 mph ), which has been across the US maybe 25 times or so. I took a month off once and flew it around the world as well.
I always wanted a cobra since I was a teenager. Remember reading the first 427 Cobra road test in car magazines in the mid '60s. Over the years had many sport cars ranging from MGA to Corvettes. In my garage I've always had the blue Cobra cut away poster hanging on the wall. I never could justify buying/building a special purpose Cobra while raising a family. Fast forward 40 years- I'm retired, all kids through college and on their own and financially comfortable. My wife and I were at the Keels and Wheels Concourse car show in Kemah Texas and saw a beautiful silver Superformance on the auction block. This was the first time my wife had ever looked and sat in one - she was impressed by it's sexy appearance. We went home that day and started a 4 day intense internet search for a used one.
I had concluded that I was too old to build one and I could get the best value by buying a used one. We found the red one at Classic Motors Intl. in Springfield Missouri. It appeared in pristine condition from the pictures. I made an offer over the phone and they accepted. Several days later it arrived at my front door in a beautiful white enclosed trailer. My wife and I along with all my neighbors were extremely impressed witht he car. One of my life long dreams had been fulfilled! We put it in the garage and looked at it for days going over ever nut and bolt.
I drive the car once or twice a week on short runs. Every time I crank up the 427 Roush my heart races. When my wife and I go for rides we always get thumbs up. If we stop at the gas station or store we always draw crowds of fellow motorist. I'm glad that we bit the bullet and got the Cobra - need to enjoy life while you can!!
A friend of mine stored his original "289" 1964 aluminum bodied roadster in my garage over several winters. When he sold the car and I went out and got a model of it that sat on my fireplace mantel, like forever, it s still there. In 2004 I saw an ad in the local paper for a cobra for sale. It was an L.A. Exotic. With some discussion I brought it. After owning it for two years I had a long list of thing I needed to correct and change to make it the way I wanted it to be. My wife and my youngest son told me to sell it and go buy what I really wanted. Buy the best cobra that would fulfill my long time desire and that was a Superformance. It was delivered one cool evening in Oct of 2006. I can't begin tell you the amount of excitement I experienced that evening, but every time I walk into the garage and see my cobra sitting there I still can feel it. And who knew the added value of SCOF!! SCOF takes the ownership of a Superformance Cobra to a completely higher level. The enjoyment of going on a cobra cruise every year with many others who feel the same about their cobras is a blast that all should experience at least once. The knowledge and experience in the SCOF group if incredible and all you have to do is ask. It s also the best extended family you will ever have.
My interest in the Cobra story began in childhood. I was aware of the AC Ace with it's Bristol 6 and lived the whole of Carroll Shelby's driving career and his first Cobra. Ultimately, my career as a sculptor put me in contact with Shelby and I have completed bronzes of most of the Shelby cars, including a bust of Carroll. In 1990 I purchased an ERA 427 and very carefully rendered an S/C with a sideoiler tunnelport 427. I had the car 9 months, was offered all of my investment plus 5 grand. I took it. The car was wonderful, but at age 40, I didn't like the persona. After I had completed the car, I regretted not building a "street" version, which would have suited me better. I read about Superformance and their products and found #2491 just as I would have ordered it, but for color. I bought it and had it stripped and repainted in my choice of color. I'm delighted with the car. The build quality is remarkable. The balance of the small block with the chassis is very pleasant and I expect to put a lot of miles on it.
After wanting a Cobra from when I was 18, and putting It off as life got in the way. The desire was still there all the years due to the Woodward Dream Cruse is 1/2 mile from the house fanning the embers. I started to research Cobras for almost a year I selected Superformance as the manufacture, and found one in Toronto CD, and found the import process to painful. I tried for new with my son in Ross OH. That;s when I found out about roadsters, and they found one at D&M Motor Sport In Glen Ellen IL. SPO2574 was assembled for the Chicago Auto Show 2008. It had it all, I just fell in love and had to have it. I made the deal that day and took it home. It wasn't even out of the trailer on my return and the Berkley traffic officer came by and said" it's arrest me red if I ever saw it ". And with Craig's help with getting all the bugs out of it. It is just a fun car to drive and show . Just living the dream. I hate to put it away for the Winter
Owning a Cobra was never a specific desire of mine. All I wanted was a car that looked cool and was fast. Back in 2003 when I looked at a chart of production cars with the lowest weight to HP ratio the Cobra was #6 on the list. Not being able to afford a real one, a replica was the only option. I m not a mechanic and I believe in instant gratification, so building a kit car wasn t going to happen. After some research I decided that Superformance was the car to buy. I ordered my car in November of 2003, took delivery in March 04 and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. This car is my daily driver and track car - work, grocery shopping, the barber, hauling lumber, running the ¼ mile and road courses - this car does it all. About 8,000 miles a year and 90% of those miles are spent with my wonderful wife in the passenger seat enjoying it as much as me. And then there s SCOF. An unexpected benefit of owning a Superformance is the second family you gain by becoming a member of SCOF. A fantastic set of fun loving individuals that will give you the shirts off their back. Enjoy the ride folks. It doesn't get any better than this.
I've been a car nut for as long as I can remember. I was given my first car when I was 13 and have been tinkering with them ever since. I always liked drag racing did some when I was in high school and college. I'm still very much into Nostalgia Super Stock racing. I don t remember when I first learned of Shelby Cobra, but I know I coveted one from the time I read about them in the '60's. I remember an article about the 427 Cobra that stated something like, "You have a better chance of being passed by a herd of stampeding water buffalo than by another car." I had to have one the fastest production car in the world. College intervened and I could barely afford the magazines that touted the Cobra s incredible feats, much less the actual car. But almost as soon as I graduated and got a job, I started searching for one of my own. I considered a Cobra that Astronaut Scott Carpenter was selling (that was an interesting conversation). And CSX 3002. I didn't want an SC, and besides 3002 was pretty rough at that time. If only I could have known the history and foreseen future value of that car!
I finally found MY Cobra in Englishtown, New Jersey. CSX 3159 was also a bit rough when I found it. But it ran, looked presentable and it WAS a 427 Cobra. I knew it had a drag race history as the Baldwin Motion King Cobra, but really didn't care about that. I wanted a street car with no side pipes and no roll bar (they had been removed before I got it). Just a side note you should never drive a Cobra for the first time when you re hung over after a Wedding Reception. I got eyeball deep in the Shelby American movement that was just starting to gain momentum. Along the way, I also picked up a 260 Sunbeam Tiger and a '68 Shelby GT500. In the '80s the Shelby meets started to change. Not as much camaraderie; not as many real Cobras. They d begun to graduate to investments instead of drivers and people just didn't bring them out to play anymore. Children also came along. So I decided I'd owned CSX 3159 long enough and sold it to a doctor. From there, I went through a myriad of Shelbys and Mustangs until I finally arrived at a car I still have a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mark II 289. 34,000 miles with original paint, top, seats, carpet, etc. It s a great little car but not one I drive a lot. And it's not a Cobra.
Which brings me to the present and Superformance 2594. I saw this car advertised by a dealer in Virginia and couldn't believe my eyes. Big block FE motor; no side pipes; no roll bar; with a hood scoop like CSX 3159. It was green instead of blue, but it was gorgeous. For some reason, the brain won out over the heart and I didn t call about the car. I d forgotten about it when, some months later, it turned up on E-bay for sale by a different dealer. It didn't sell there, but I contacted the seller and arranged to buy the car. Exactly 30 years after selling my CSX 3159, I trucked on down to Newport News, Virginia to pick up my second Cobra. Is there a difference between the way it looks, sounds and drives? Very little. Is there a difference in the way I use it? Absolutely. I ve owned SP02594 for three months and have already put more miles on it than my first Cobra got in five years. Recently at a SAAC driving event, someone asked if 2594 was a show car. Heck no, it s a driver. And that s the way it s going to stay. I m having more fun with this car than I ve had in years. I don t have to look in the mirror to tell I m no longer 23 years old. But when I strap that rocket-snake on, I sure feel like it. And I plan to keep doing it as long as I'm able to hoist my tired old bones in the drivers seat. 427 Cobra- the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
In late 2004, I saw a Dream Car Garage TV program that featured the Superformance Cobras at the factory in South Africa. They said they were built using all new parts, trying to keep them as close to the originals as possible, and having all new technology. It showed the craftsmanship and the testing. I thought it would be great fun to have instead of an older, restored car. We found the listing for the nearest dealer on the website and soon received some information with a DVD from Ross, Ohio. Shortly after that I was hospitalized so my plans were put on hold. During the Summer of 2005, while recooperating, I received a call from Dynamic Motor Sports inviting me to visit the dealership and test drive. My wife says that from then on there was no saying "no". Then we went to London, Ohio, where I could investigate each manufacturer and each detail up close. I always came back to the choice of the Superformance. In February, 2007, we placed the order and began working with Performance Engineering on the engine details. I never looked back and have no regrets. We love all the car shows and cruises and have a wall full of trophies. It has been nothing but lots of fun ever since we picked up #2628 in July, 2007.
Being a 60's car nut, my first Cobra experience was a ride in an original 1966 Shelby 427 Roadster. Having been "bitten by the Snake", no other muscle car experience ever came close! I never thought back then that one could buy a Cobra because Shelby stopped production in the late 60's and no replicas were being produced at the time.
Fast forward to June, 2006 when my son's best friend told me that his dad had a Cobra replica and he loved his car. He told me to find the Superformance website on the internet and I then researched the car and the company. I quickly determined that the Superformance brand was far and away the highest quality replicar manufacturer in business. I located D & M Motorsports and visited the dealership for a test drive. As the saying goes, the rest is history! My wife and I picked out the colors, the engine, and the various options and ordered the car on March 5, 2007. The MKIII was delivered on June 12 to D & M and my son and I took delivery of the car on June 28th. Needless to say, the grin on my face lasted the rest of day, not to mention all the thumbs-up and stares all the way home! My Superformance ownership experience is a dream come true. No other replica manufacturer comes anywhere near the quality of fit and finish of a Superformance. END OF STORY!!!
It had always been a passion to own some sort of collector car and after driving in my friends Superformance in the summer of 2007, I knew a Cobra was the one to pursue. After inspecting several other makes, both new and used the Superformance was the one and only choice. I ended up bringing 2632 home from Chicago on a trailer in September 2007, and installed a Roush built stroker over the winter. Every time it fires up I still get goose bumps as the smell of the exhaust fills the air. I have met so many great people in the 2 years since, and hope to meet many more in the years to come.
My love for cars goes back to the 60 s when I was lucky enough to be a teenager in the real muscle car era. My buddies and I all had muscle cars of varying degrees, some much stronger than others. Mine was a 66 Impala 2-door, clearly on the lower end of muscle ! However, I made my first trip to New York City in 1965 where I sat in this 2-seater white roadster with what I remember to be blue stripes. It was the coolest car I had ever seen and I believe the price was around $6000. It might as well have been $1M because it was more money than this kid from eastern NC had ever thought about having! And yes, it was a real Cobra, although I didn t appreciate what it represented at the time. Fast forward 40+ years having had a great career with FAA and having owned a number of cars, the thought of that car back in NYC so many years before resurfaced. I honestly don t remember what brought it back, but clearly the memory had never really left. Anyway, as retirement approached, I did my research I determined first what type Cobra I wanted, a slightly used late-serial number SPF with a BB FE preferably built by Bill Parham of Southern Automotive. I then began my search and about a year later Cobra Country had advertised exactly what I had been seeking. By then I had retired and relocated to Huntsville and was fortunate enough to buy a close copy of exactly what I had sat in back in 1965. After a year of ownership, I m still smiling!!
For as long as I can remember I was hooked on cars. In the mid sixties I competed regionally as a youngster in slot car racing. The first 1/24th scale slot car I built was a 1965 Cobra SC. I determined if I ever had the resources I would have the real thing as I thought it to be the absolute coolest car ever made. The 2nd slot car I built was a GT40 and it might be next on my list. Life moved on and I got hooked on racing, having road raced Porsches for many years and yet in the back of my mind the Cobra was always lurking. When I knew I was officially retiring from road racing I had to have some toys to keep me satisfied, and first on the list was the Cobra. I looked at all of them including the kit cars as I have always designed and built car stuff. A very good friend of mine persuaded me to look seriously at the CSX and the Superformance. I can't be a collector I have to drive them, and this convinced me that the price of a Superformance had all of the other options beat. The first drive was exactly as I had expected, brute force, muscle and incredible looks with absolutely no finesse just like the real McCoy! Superformance has done an incredible job duplicating the look and feel of the original, but I could not leave it alone and began developing the finesse. After many suspension modifications and building the motor I really wanted from the beginning, it is absolutely the most fun car of any type I have ever owned. It still looks just like the real McCoy but will handle, accelerate, and stop with the very best of supercars made today. My wife Debbie and I cruise regularly, and the car sees a few road courses each year as I instruct for a couple of car clubs. Even my wife hits the track, and behind the wheel says it is an incredible car and why would I ever want anything else. That is another story. Having joined SCOF early on has only made the experience better. We went on our first Supercruise this year with SCOF and can say this was one of the most incredible car trips we were ever on. Not just the roads and the sights, but the people of SCOF make all of these events some of the most memorable of life s experiences. Looking forward to many more. See ya on the road and at the track.
I have been a Car Crazy kind of guy for quite some time. It started as a kid growing up on a farm in Oregon in the late 40's. I was always around machinery and helped my dad repair everything from tractors to cars and trucks. I had great fun as a 6 year old driving my American Toys Logging truck in the yard. It had neat tires that would make neat tracks in the dirt. I still have this truck today in a display case in my garage. When I was eight my dad bought me a 1949 Crosley coupe. He paid $45 for the car. It didn t run when he bought it, so he and I (who mostly watched and handed him wrenches) repaired the car. It really didn't take too much until I was up and running. I had a great time driving the little car all over the farm. I remember times when I would be having trouble with the car running, it would die, and I would walk back to house and tell my dad. He would come back to the car with me and casually get in and the car would start right up and run fine, at least until he went back to the house. He had a great knack for making things works. I later sold the Crosley to an acquaintance for $35, of which I only received $20.
When I was 11, dad bought me a 1947 Mercury Convertible. He paid $100 for this one. It was all black with a canvas colored top. I worked all summer in the fields, keeping track of my time, so that I could repay the $100. The front crossbow of the top was made of wood and was broken in half, so that when I put the top up I had to do it partially by hand and very carefully. For us it was too expensive to fix. I drove the car mostly on the farm during those years. Several times, however, when dad and mom were gone I would take the car out on the country roads for spin, once I even drove it town. I got a lot of experience driving not only my cars but also the various pieces of farm machinery that we transported from farm to farm. When I was 15, my dad took a job driving truck for a mining company in Wyoming for the summer. This left my mother and I to do all of the harvest for the two farms we had at the time. One was 25 miles away from the home farm. During that summer I put 5K miles on my dads pickup, traveling back and forth to the other farm. This is of course before I had a driver s license.
When I was 16 my dad helped me buy a 1956 Mercury Custom 2 door hardtop. It was two-tone black and white. Later that year (1962) we had a very bad windstorm that blew down many trees, one of which had a big limb that thumped one corner of the top. I was really saddened, my New Car , mere months old and now with major damage. I couldn t afford to fix it right then, but I was motivated to find a way. I got a job working for a farmer a few miles away. One very foggy day when I was on my way to work I added to the damage. I was late to work, going too fast on a gravel road, trying to watch for and miss potholes (so as to not damage the suspension), when my turn appeared out of the mist with no time to slow enough on the slippery surface. I slid across the intersection and into the ditch. The only damage other than to my ego was the front right A arm and right front fender. Now I had more damage to get fixed, but not too costly, only $25 for a junk yard fender and $10 for an A arm. I did the installation. Since I would have to get the car painted (at least it was a good excuse) when I got the top fixed, painting the fender was no big deal. This car served me well through High School and into college. Unfortunately during my freshman year an older woman broadsided me one day and pretty much destroyed the Mercury.
I replaced the Mercury with a brand new 1965 Mustang. I had to sell my herd of cattle that I had accumulated, to pay for the Mustang.
So at this point in my life I am 18 years old and have had 4 cars, all of which I wished that I had back today. After college, marriage, children and moving to California to work I was too busy for much active car stuff. I still enjoyed car magazines, TV shows, and car shows. In 1983 I bought a new Porsche 944. My wife and I had great fun autocrossing, going on various car tours and attending the Porsche Club of America Parades. In 1992 Porsche started talking about building the Boxster. I fell in love with the concept car and decided I would have to have one. In 1994 I finally convinced my local Porsche dealer to accept my deposit for the first Boxster. I had been on the waiting list for 36 months before our car arrived; I guess that is pretty car crazy. By the time we accepted delivery, Porsche was already talking about the Boxster S. So we picked up the new 1997 Boxster and left a deposit for the first Boxster S to be built. In 2000 we flew to Stuttgart and picked up our new Boxster S. My wife and I toured Europe in our new car. It was very nerve wracking for me. Many of the roads were built for horse drawn wagons and not for my new Porsche. We did enjoy the time and the places; however, the autobahn and several laps on the Nurburgring were standouts for me. We are now retired, living back in Oregon, have built a new house with 9 garages spaces plus a 20 by 40 foot shop with car hoist. I have restored a 1955 Massey Ferguson tractor that my day had bought new, and that I had driven as a kid on the farm.
I developed a real desire to own a Cobra during the years since the car magazines started writing about them. Finally in late 2007 I convinced my wife that now was the time to take the big step. I looked at all of the different options from the build-it-all yourself kits to the professionally built rolling chassis cars. I decided on the Superformance MK III because the price difference was insignificant when comparing apples to apples and I was comfortable doing the engine installation myself. The car was ordered through Dynamic Auto West in Reno. It arrived in April 2008. I installed a Roush 427 SR crate engine and Tremec TKO 600 5 speed transmission. We have enjoyed many cars show, tours and one autocross so far. I am fortunate to have an understanding wife who herself is a bit car crazy at times. I owe my interest in cars to my dad and my upbringing on the farm.
I've been nuts about cars since I was knee high to a grasshopper and have many fond memories of growing up with cars. My two older brothers got me started on it with the various old Chevy s they bought and sold. Growing up in the Detroit area and working in a gas station located on Woodward Avenue during High School in 1970 nurtured a love for muscle cars that never left me. Moving out to Southern California in the early 1980 s and experiencing a wide variety of sports cars and muscle cars many of which I rebuilt, repaired or restored left me always bouncing back and forth between modern day (and old school) muscle cars and sports cars. I think I've owned at least 85 different cars over the years. Ranging from a wide variety of Porsches, several Corvettes (including a 1967 427 that I did a ground up restoration on, in my garage), Nova s, a Chevelle Super Sports, MG s and a BMW M3 among others. I purchased a used ERA Cobra (CCX 3-3408) that needed a little TLC and that seemed to make all the difference. At last I found both a muscle car and a sports car and what a great combination it was! I have always enjoyed wrenching on cars as a hobby and this lead to my recent purchase of SPO 2820 from Denis Olthoff out East. Lance Standler s Irvine, California office is only about 5 miles from my home but Dennis made me an offer on a brand new roller, dark silver with white stripes that had been in a failed dealer s inventory for about a year that I just simply could not walk away from. This lead to me buying all the individual parts I needed to build and assemble a complete drivetrain. I started with a late model roller cam 351W short block (that included an Eagle forged crank and rods with Probe forged aluminum pistons) that was bored and stroked to 408 . I used a custom cam from Mike Forte, Edelbrock RPM aluminum heads, Air Gap intake, Holley 750 carb, Milodon 8 quart pan and windage tray, MSD distributor (but with the factory Superformance DuraSpark ignition module), QuickTime Bellhousing, alum flywheel, Ram clutch and a TKO 600 .82 OD 5 speed trans among many other parts. I did the complete engine build and drivetrain install in my garage with a cherry picker hoist. After doing a bit of post build refinement I m extremely pleased with the results. The car is truly a dream to drive and experience. This car I just might end up holding on to for awhile. All of the cars I owned in the past have seemed to be somewhat brief and torrid love affairs. I know sooner was finished building or restoring the car and I would sell it. I simply got bored with the finished result. But not this one. No, this one I think I m keeping for the long term. My 21 year old son has already told me that this one is gonna stay in the family. My wife of 29 years has always been very tolerant of my (car) love affairs because she knows I ve always stayed true to her. I have had to climb a few mountains and overcome a couple of tragedies in my life but the bottom line is I ve had many, many blessings in my life and much to be thankful for. From successfully raising two great kids, getting them both through college to the point where I can comfortably retire here in the next few years-- or earlier if I feel like it. Life can be good if you always work hard and the stars stay in alignment. Thank you Jesus, thank you very much. I look forward to meeting more of my SCOF neighbors as time goes on. Here s hoping that RT considers doing an event out here in SoCal soon.
I have wanted one of these machines for many years. I was introduced to the Cobra in 1976 when the movie Gumball Rally opened. From that day on I had wanted one. December 28 2010 my dream came true when I drove to Pittsburgh in a snow storm to pick up 2850. Owning my SPF Cobra has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Truly a dream come true and I feel blessed every time I get in her. I owe a great debt of gratitude to my friend Sam Jackson and my Wife Donna for helping me make the best car decision in my life. Thanks Sam for taking the time to discuss your ownership with me. You see I had been researching the different manufacturers for a couple of years and couldn't find anyone with more than 5000 miles on one. Sam had 36,000 and still going. After talking to him for a couple of hours my decision was made and all I needed to do was find the right one. Thanks to my lovely bride, Donna, for talking me out of the Viper. We have put close to 3500 miles on her in the first year and the experience is better than I dreamed. This is the first car I have owned that Donna has wanted to be involved with; I think she loves the little car as much as I do. That was a pleasant surprise. The one benefit I did not expect is how close the owners are and how valuable a resource SCOF has been. What a great group of people.
As a youngster, growing up in the 1960s, I was fascinated by automobiles and specifically those of the Muscle Car Era starting with GTOs and 442s, etc. At the time anything with a slight exhaust rumble captivated my attention and made me drift away from anything that should have been academically prudent during my high school years (can you relate?). The Cobra of course was such a strong influence to kids like me that, of impressions etched in our hearts from that time, the Shelby Phenomenon remains on the surface of our consciousness forever. Economics, stints in the US Navy, college years and a family, washed some of those early memories with an untouchable veil of longing. Our responsible quest to take care of family was our Cobras of the 80s, our kids education. Oh boy did it pay off, with 4 solid kids on the right path to living well, and a wonderful and supportive wife, Cindy. That really should be our legacy on this Earth. After 4 great kids and 4 college careers it was time to revisit earlier thoughts of Visceral Tingling at the sound of 500+ ponies at the tip of your right foot. 1998, that is when I stumbled upon what I thought was a real Cobra from the 60 s, at a Superformance Tradeshow Booth in Louisville, KY during the Hot Rod Nationals. My youngest son Marcos was with me. He was 15 at the time but knew quite well this moment was special. Not only did I find out that the car was not priced in the high $250,000s, like most of us thought, but that it was a replica costing a fraction of that. Dean Rosen was there, then one of the owners of Dynamic Motorsports in Ross, Ohio, a Superformance dealer. He captivated me with his passion and love for these cars and, yes, I blame him for jump starting this phase of my life. "Replicas, what are they?" That was my question to Dean at the time. Later I discovered that there was an entire industry dedicated to, satisfying the likes of me, affording us the financial reality of owning one of these beautiful, nasty and insane monsters of the roads. I left the Dynamic Motorsports Booth and Dean BITTEN BY THE SNAKE with the thought of 500 plus ponies in my head. The seed was planted with periodic visits to the computer in search of more information on anything Cobra. What I found out was that only those with endless sources of green grass can afford what a real Cobra costs today. The alternative for us mere mortals is clear. Replicas. 2002, four years later, and the sale of my Design business, became the sparkplugs that ignited the high octane fuel for my 8 cylinders of lust for a Cobra replica. I am not going to enter the debate engaged in by many on which Cobra replica is the best, the most original, etc. That I leave to the Purists. I just enjoy looking and driving my replica. The feeling is all Real.
I like many people have always dreamed of owning a Cobra someday in life but never wanted a "cheap replica." I was selling my Dinan BMW M5 and looking for something equally fun to replace it with. I was looking and Corvettes, F355 Ferrari, all kinds of stuff. I then ran into a guy at a Shelby show I had my Mustang at. We started talking and I realized it was actually within my means to get a correct looking, well built, drivable Cobra! So the search began. I came to the conclusion very quickly, I wanted an SPF even over a CSX and I had to buy new, just to insure that the backwards reg process we have in California was done properly. So I bought it, put it together and fired it up on Fathers Day 2009 for the first time. My only regret is not driving it more! My wife was totally behind it and loves driving it as well. Our thought was, we are in our mid thirties now, and our kids are very young....do it now and we can always sell it later, or wait another 198 years un til they are both out of college and then try, well the choice was obvious. We have not looked back once. The only problem now, is there has been some talk about his & hers....this may get expensive!