Terms like “replica, tribute, clone, recreation, or continuation car” are hard to define. Particularly when the 427 Cobra continuation you’re driving boasts 610 horsepower. For better or worse, listings for replicas make gearheads run to their dictionaries faster than professional Scrabble players, and whole message boards have been filled with heated discussions of each word. This has much to do with people wanting to preserve the original’s place in the hearts and minds enthusiasts, and also the desire to defend against some truly horrific kits passed off as Cobras, Porsche Speedsters, Lotus Sevens and others. In recent years, however, the market has witnessed an increase in the number of accurate replicas available, and this 427 S/C Cobra is just such a car. With its tubular-steel ladder frame, aluminum body, pin-drive GT40 Halibrand wheels and big block V8 it is very similar—though not identical—to the original 427 S/C. Better still it wears a Shelby issued serial number and is, in fact, a continuation of the original cars. The engine is of a much higher spec than that supplied with the originals, displaces 482 cubic inches and is therefor more powerful with the aforementioned 610 horsepower. This engine is mated to a Tremec transmission with five speeds instead of the original four and other deviations from original spec include the Baer brakes and numerous billet details underhood. All of which will likely bother purists but not the next owner as he or she will get to experience a 427 Cobra S/C at a far smaller cost and without the stresses associated with owning an original. If this Cobra were our we’d paint the aluminum something other than the ubiquitous Guardsman Blue with white stripes and drive it like we stole it. Find the Cobra for sale here on eBay in Provo, Utah with the reserve not yet met at $85,101.
Vocabularious – 2004 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
July 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment