I'm the 3rd and longest owner of SPF # 747, affectionately known as Boeing 747 by some on the SCOF forum. I received all the previous ownership history from the 2nd owner & confirmed the car's entire history thru Doug Reed Motorsports in Louisiana, the original dealer that sold the car new. Ronnie Kruger, now retired SPF CEO in South Africa, confirmed the actual build & ship date of Mar. 29, 2000, and a great history of how the earlier cars were entirely built by dedicated two-man teams. The name of one of the team members, Pierre Steyn, along with the car number is written in white paint marker under the passenger side dashboard! I was attracted to Superformance because it was one of the few cars that I could fit in at 6' 3" tall. The consistent build quality and overall fit/finish was a very strong deciding factor, so in mid 2003 I set out on a search for the right car, and it had to be "Burn your Retinas Red" with white stripes, perhaps from my initial encounter with a real street Cobra as a young child. My search soon went beyond the California borders, where I found the absolutely perfect car in North Dallas. I flew there on Dec. 6, 2003 to see the car in person, and after a brief drive bought the car on the spot. It was shipped after the holidays and has been in my garage ever since. I have made several minor modifications to this car, many with documented help from several SCOF resources. This includes eliminating the rear wheel hub spacers for added tire clearance, a billet Pro 5.0 shifter mechanism, Jordan shifter handle w/ white knob, Steeda differential brace, R/T shock tower brackets, custom driveshaft safety loop, custom 3 mufflers from Stainless Specialties, a Rob Frink billet remote clutch reservoir with custom bracket, fan motor covers, remote vacuum reservoir, Canton oil thermostat, Bilsteins from car #21xx and a McLeod safety bellhousing. I also had the rear Trigo wheels extended 1" inboard by having new inner halves machine welded on. This was a necessary modification when I used to run 325/50-15 Mickey Thompson drag radials. I kept the rims when I moved to the more period correct Goodyear Billboards, and the wider rim actually helps the larger rear tires set better on the car. Lastly, I have added a Blas Costagli s remote circuit breaker to the amp gauge. This particular car is powered by an RDI 392. RDI out of North Carolina was a very popular option for these cars before Roush began to dominate the market. It s essentially their One Lap of America motor and features a pretty stout Comp Cams hydraulic roller that still manages to exhibit good street behaviors. I just LOVE the idle with this cam and the motor pulls strong well past the 6,000 rpm pill I have in the MSD box. I used to have a lot of polish under the hood but have more recently leaned toward the brushed finish for ease of maintenance & it just looks racier. I used to have the proper rims and monster 325 MT s tucked underneath the back end, and I really liked the look and performance, but quite honestly the Goodyear Billboards really make the car and I've been showered with compliments ever since I went that way. They also stick like crazy and make the car fun to drive. SCOF is the best Superformance resource on the planet and my car would not be complete and running well if not for the fine contributions by several there.
First time I saw a cobra was in 1966. It was a 427 sitting in the back of a Ford dealer on Long Island. It was wrecked. Finally asked the sales manager what they wanted for the car. The guy told me $3000. I asked the guy why would anybody be that stupid to buy this car when they could buy new for $3600. I worked on a corporate Attorney's car in 1988, which was stored in my garage. In 2000, we were in the market for a new car. My idea was a navigator, her idea was a sable station wagon. After we got the sable, her comment to me was I got mine, what are you going to get? Henceforth we are the proud owners of this Cobra. We both have a lot of fun. We are out enjoying the kids inheritance. Besides I have a real prescription for this car which says, RX for life.
Love at First Bite! I offered to help my neighbor, Gary Stowell, re-assemble his big block following a cam and lifter change in preparation for the 2009 Super Cruz. He eventually asked me if I would like to go on the cruise and co-drive his Cobra. Flattered and very nervous, I said: You Bet! My 2009 Super Cruz experience put me beyond the point of no return. I was hooked. The SCOF people I met on that trip all welcomed me like I was an old hand and fellow member. The people on that trip made the driving experience. When I got home, I promised Sally I would sell my Harley, take all my vitamins and eat all my vegetables as long as I could buy a Superformance Cobra! After a year, I had done none of those things, but she got tired of listening to me talk about other people's Cobras! Oh, for crying out loud! Go buy a Cobra! Just remember, one of your vehicles goes outside. My car stays in the garage!!
I grew up (and still live) not far from the Watkins Glen International race track. I loved to watch the Cobras tear up the competition at the races in the late 60 s and early 70 s. They always seemed to be outnumbered by the Corvettes, but still dominated the competition. A hulking, menacing car on the track, always on the edge, ready to bite both driver and the competition. Never dreamed I would someday own one, as I graduated from owning TR2 through TR250 Triumphs, a couple of MG s, E-Type Jaguar and many other sports cars. Fast forward to 2001. A friend started up a classic sports car shop, and became a sub-dealer for Superformance. My company did their website, and I was there every week, photographing cars for the web. I took many photos of their first SPF a Royal Blue/White Stripe beauty with a factory hardtop. Prior to seeing the Superformance, I was not aware of Cobra replicas on the marketplace. I began to check out the different brands available at the time, in the hopes of owning one for myself at some time. After investigation, I came to the conclusion that Superformance was the only way to go, for me. It had the look and feel of the original, combined with improvements to the suspension, and excellent factory build quality. The paint was fantastic. Show quality, even UNDER the hood. So, I bought the Superformance MKIII, and have never regretted it. I have owned it longer than I have any other car, and am still thrilled every time I drive it. Which, by the way, is most every day. Rain, snow or shine. I live in upstate NY, and we have all four seasons here. And my SPF is a four season car! Yup, it is a little cold in the cockpit when the outside temps are below zero, but the thrill factor goes up when the temps go down. My Superformance is not a show car (although it is a beauty) it is a DRIVER. The looks I get when winter driving are classic and many people roll down their windows when I go by even in sub zero temps. A very unexpected bonus of owning my SPF is the owner s groups, SCOF in particular. There are track instruction events, cruises and get-togethers happening all year round. And I have never met a more rowdy, caring, enthusiastic, supportive group of folks. I am looking forward to many more years of driving my SPF, and attending events with many of the other SPF owners I have come to know online.
This car is everything I ever dreamed of. I've always wanted a Cobra from the first day I saw one. I bought 967 for myself as a gift for surviving colon cancer and intended to keep it for a year and sell it. After over four years of ownership, it is still as thrilling to drive today as the first day if owned it. It's now in my will.
I received 1002 to replace my previous 729, and while the search for my first Superformance led me on an exhausting 2 year deliberation looking at every Cobra replica possible, for my next Superformance, it was a decision made without any hesitation. I could not imagine owning anything else regardless of the price. Being a perfectionist by nature, the Superformance was perfect because I have come to discover that designer and builder and owner of the factory, Jimmy Price, is also the epitome of the ultimate perfectionist. The end result, is the best Cobra I could ever imagine owning, whether a replica or original. Soon after I received my Cobra, and hit all the car shows and burger stands I envisioned in my acted out dreams, the question came to me, "now what?" I was starting to wonder what the heck I'd ever use this thing for. It was not long after that meeting with other Superformance Owners on the Owners Association forum, that I found the possibilities were endless. In the past few years in my Cobras, I have visited and enjoyed the best snaky back roads in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The confidence one has in these cars due to it's reliable design and construction, allows you to go anywhere you want, anytime you want. There are no boundaries with a Superformance. The ends of the Earth are your only limits... and going out there and fining them is where all the fun is at!
2008 Run n' Gun Nationals "Top Dog" Drag Racing Trophy Winner
My love affair with the Cobra started in 1965 at a car wash. I saw a 289 silver Cobra that I thought was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. As the years passed I had a few opportunities to buy an original Cobra, but being frugal, didn't want to take out a loan. So in 65 I bought a Mustang, cash of course, and in 79 I bought a 62 Corvette, again cash. I think of could've, would've, should've and kick myself in the butt. With the stock market bust the last few years I had some money not doing much. The Cobra started calling. I found the exact car I wanted in Georgia, but it sold over 4th of July weekend. Not to be sidetracked I kept looking and found SPF 1132 on the left coast and bought it, cash of course, and had it shipped to Connecticut. The first time I saw it coming out of the van I knew I had finally gotten my Cobra. The car was all and more than I expected. The only bummer is I spend winters in Florida and the car is in Connecticut. A Corvette and truck take up the garage space in Florida. I only got to take it out 3 times with the lousy weather we had this year in CT, but there is always next year.
I have admired the look and performance of the Cobra ever since I was a kid in the sixties. I have had various performance cars through the years but nothing as exciting as the Superformance MkIII that I purchased in early 2002. The concept of a factory built roller was perfect for me because I enjoy building and installing performance engines but have no interest body work and assembly. I have enjoyed my SPF very much and have had several different engine builds in it. Two of these are represented in the pictures I have attached. The current and most aggressive build to date is the tunnel ram engine shown, for which I am having a hood fabricated.
I wanted a Cobra since I was a fifteen year old tenth grader in 1965. Couldn't talk Dad into buying one. I have owned my share of sports cars, but the Cobra was the one I wanted most. As time went by they got out of my price range. I had pretty much given up on the dream. Superformance made the dream come true. My wife Stella has been hearing about Cobras from me forever. When I found the perfect car in Richmond, VA she was very supportive. In fact we flew to Richmond on one way tickets (the owner didn't know that) intending to by the car. We had lunch with the owner (Gus Fulleborn) and his wife, handed him a check and headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway to drive home. It was November, chilly and pretty deserted. It occurred to me that if this "previously owned" car failed and left us stranded in this remote, cold place after writing a big check, Stella would give me the "you are an idiot" look. In fact, we had the time of our lives driving home. A Cobra on the Blue Ridge Parkway - does not get any better. My Superformance puts a smile on my face every time I am around it. Don't even have to drive it to get the smile. It has 17,000 miles on it now. It is the one car I cannot imagine ever selling. I wonder how many miles I can rack up before I have to hang up my keys. An unexpected bonus has been SCOF. The other members were so helpful to me when I was learning the ropes. They continue to be the greatest.
I had an opportunity to drive an original Cobra in 1971 while in Dental School in Detroit. Made my Sunbeam Tiger feel anemic. Knew I would eventually own one for myself. Researched a number of makes, ERA, Backdraft as well as a continuation Shelby. Hands down the Superformance was the way to go. I was pricing out a new roller from Dynamic in Ohio, when I met Keith Hall and found that his car was available. The exact color and engine combination I was pricing out. The car was meticulously maintained with 9,000 mi. and completely sorted out. Though my garage houses my 67 Tiger, 67 427/435hp Corvette Convertible and 1971 XKE roadster, the Cobra goes out 95% of the time. Put 5000 miles on in the last 14 months. I anticipate taking the car on a cross country jaunt next fall to our home in Marco Island Florida, to enjoy the Cobra all winter long. The car is as reliable and any of my modern rides. I drive it everywhere, from the grocery store to the track. A Superformance Cobra will put a smile on your face that a plastic surgeon won't be able to remove. Best purchase I ever made. SCOF provides an incredible knowledge base for the owners as well as planning a number of "Not to miss" events each year. Live the dream.
Having a life long dream to own and drive a Cobra, I bought 1265 as a retirement present to myself in 2001. I did my own install and enjoyed it so much I have done many more installs since. Between the Superformance Mark III's & the fantastic owners, it's a hobby that I just can't get enough of.
While working summers at a marina in Ohio I met a sailboat owner who had an ac cobra (1963 Mark II) in his stable of automobiles. In 1965 he actually (and foolishly) let me drive it and the cobra became number one on my wish list of automobiles to own. Put it off way too long with many lesser vehicles (Porsches, vetts, et.al.) in between but finally I have my wish.
I have always been a car guy. I like everything from classics to customs, sports cars to hot rods, muscle cars to modern metal. But throughout my life, only one car has been at the top of my personal wish list: the awesome Shelby 427S/C Cobra! I've been completely snake bit since I first saw a big-block Cobra in the 1976 movie, The Gumball Rally. However, my dream of owning an original 427 semi-competition Cobra could never be realized as they are simply too rare (only 29 ever made) and too valuable for someone of modest means, like me, to afford. So like many other people, I would have to find a replica if I was ever to enjoy the Cobra experience. In early 2001 Macro Autosports started selling the Superformance MkIII (and S1) in Canada. At the time I was aware of the Superformance brand and its reputation as one of the highest-quality Cobra replicas in the world, and its arrival in Canada filled a huge hole in the marketplace. That summer I popped in to visit Len and Allan Skok, the father-son team who ran Superformance Canada (what great guys), and took one of their Cobras for a test drive. Man, what an experience! This car was everything I ever dreamt of. I wanted one badly. Several years passed before I had gotten my financial situation to where I could get serious about adding a Cobra to my automotive stable. By then the Canadian government had forced Superformance Canada out of business, so I started looking for resale SPFs. And as luck would have it, in the summer of 2009, I found the perfect car for me: a MkIII Sports model, painted Royal Blue with white Le Mans stripes, powered by a small-block stroker motor. So finally my lifelong dream of Cobra ownership has come true, and I love it! I drive my car as often as I can, and have made several upgrades to bring it closer to my vision of what a Cobra should be. I ve met so many people who are also passionate about these cars, and enjoy spreading a little Cobra fever to anyone who cares to catch it. Cobras are a very rare sight here in the nation s capital, so if ever you visit keep an eye out and you just may see me buzzing the Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister s house or the Governor Generals residence.
I graduated HS in '67. One of my friend's dad bought him a 289 Cobra for graduation and I couldn't erase that vision. Fast forward 35 years later, I stopped by a Superformance dealer and spoke with the owner about the car. Since I've never driven one, my wife surprised me with a Xmas present of a trip to Vegas and two days with Racing Adventures. After 160 laps around a 1.7 mile course in an FFR, I decided to stop back at the Superformance dealer when I returned home. Spoke to some owners and took a test drive in a 392 demo car. Brought my wife back the next day and we ordered a car. On the second motor now and very happy. The builder, S & S of Jamaica, NY is one of the oldest continuously operating speed shops in the country (See "Hotrod", February '09). They go back to the 50's with three generations still working there. Top shelf parts and a great build. I've been enjoying the car since. I belong to Columbus Circle Cobra Club. It's a very active club with lots of cruises and shows. Long Island has a very loyal muscle car crowd. In the summer, there's a show almost every night of the week and Sundays too. Plenty of time to spend with real good people.
I've always wanted a Cobra since the 60's when I heard they were so fast that they were difficult to handle. I've seen different Cobras at car shows and drooled over them every time I saw them, but I couldn't afford one previously. Craig Aylsworth invited me and another guy from work over to see his newly finished BB SPF Mk III in his garage one day. It was a piece of art! Very very nice car. We talked for a while about them & Craig really did his homework in hooking up with Superformance as the best replica built. While we were having a few beers & pizza, Craig offered to install the engine & trans in a Cobra for me if I purchased one also. I got the fever and had to have one at that point. I was hooked. We went to the Autorama a month later at Cobo Hall in Detroit that year (2002) & I ordered one right there on the spot from Dynamic Motor Sports. I received it around mid-Summer and had it ready for the Woodward Cruise later that Summer. I've had it to the drag strip a number of times and have a ball racing old muscle cars and beating them. I love to take it out for a drive on a nice sunny day. There isn't another car out there that sounds and drives like a Cobra. SCOF is a BIG bonus to owning a Superformance Cobra also. I've met lots of friends and share jokes and tips to maintaining my Cobra on SCOF. Two thumbs up.
This car has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. My dream became an obsession after I saw another brand replica at a local Ford dealer. The owner of the dealership pulled it out of the showroom and gave me a thrilling ride. I was determined to find my replica after this. My website searching began and led me to Dynamic Motorsports in Ohio. I made an appointment and ventured down to take a look. Little did I know, when I arrived they would throw me the keys to my dream car. "Lets go for a ride," Am I dreaming? Nope. They showed me the ins and outs of the Superformance brand and my mind was made up. Superformance was for me. It took me another year of driving my wife crazy before my dream became a reality. I enjoy driving my car as much as possible with my local club. SCOF is the bonus that I didn't know existed before my purchase. SCOF has kept me entertained and is a wealth of knowledge and friendship.
I've been a Corvette guy most of my life. Back in 1998 I saw an awesome ERA Cobra at a car show and thought to myself, "I need one of those!" Did some research, checked out a number of different Cobra replicas and decided onthe best, a SFF Cobra. Sold my 1970 Corvette LT-1 and was ready to buy one. Damn, I found a perfect 1967 Corvette. NCRS Top Flight / Duntov Award winner. Bought it and within a few weeks realized I had made a mistake. It was not a conv and it was a trailer queen ... too nice to actually drive. Sold it less than a year after I bought it. Went back to House of Cobras to look around again. Patty wanted no part of the process. I said I wanted her blessing so she reluctantly came with me to take a look. She went for a test ride with the HOC owner. She came back 15 minutes later. Her hair askew, a big smile on her face and the "Two Thumbs Up" approval sign! A short while later the royal blue/white stripe SP-500 was ours. That car opened up a new chapter in my life. More "smiles per gallon" than I had ever experienced before. And you know what? The Cobra guys are a whole lot more fun and less snooty than the Vette guys. Made a ton of new friends here in So Cal and of course, got hooked up with SCOF in Sept 2000. My favorite SP-500 memory was the first time I drove it to work (FVPD) and parked it right next to the police chief's City issued Hyundai. Nothing better than stirring the pot! Unfortunately I got caught up in the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia DMV witch hunt and reluctantly had to sell SP-500 in April 2003. I instantly ordered a new Mk-III from Lance at Hillbank. I purchased the titanium / black stripe SP-1486 in May 2003 and the install was completed in July 2003. Of course I had to up grade a bit from the mild 351 W to a CHP 351/427 Stroker. Three years ago Lance invited me to bring my car to a photo shoot. What a thrill it has been to see SP-1486 in magazine ads, SPF promotional material and posters. I don't track or race my car. I'm a weekend cruiser. Nothing more fun than meeting up with a bunch of my local car buddies on the weekend and cruising PCH and BS'ing over a cup of coffee in the Starbucks parking lot.
I had been looking for this very car for about 7 years! I wasn't sure if I would ever find her without commissioning a new one, but my dream came true Sunday night (actually Monday morning 1:30am) March 7, 2011. I saw sp1515 on Cobra Country and immediately sent an email to Steve Connors. I called Steve at 10:00am Monday and said I was very interested in 1515. Sent a $5,000 cashiers check that day to hold the car until I could inspect. I told Steve, I would wire the rest of the money that afternoon if it was as beautiful as pictured! I drove to MN with my mom & dad (they really wanted to see this beast first hand) on Monday March 14th. We all met Tuesday morning, the transaction was very smooth and 1515 was on the trailer heading to its new home. I cut it loose from its cocoon & fired it up around 11:00pm and backed it into its lair. I have never had a vehicle that brings so much joy to everyone it touches. Viva la Cobra!!!
My dream come through......
I wanted a Cobra since I was a little kid in the 60's. I had begun to look at other manufacturers and discovered that there was a dealer that sold Cobras right here in little ol' Cincinnati. I did some research comparing SPF to other brands and took a drive out to Dynamic see for myself. After a test drive with Dean Rosen, I was hooked and knew I had to have one of these beasts! Came back a week later with a check and have been enjoying this little car ever since. Not many miles but a whole bunch of smiles.