Contemporary Classic
Onyx Black-on-Black

3/4-frontal/driver-side shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Exceptionally-well-preserved 1991 Contemporary Classic 427SC, CCX33562, [California VIN#CAGS4062]. An original Peter Bayer creation, featuring his legendary Contemporary Classic rolling chassis and DHB coachwork.

Cobra Restorers' late (and legendary) Chuck Gutke's craftsmanship are in evidence all over this splendidly-executed serpent.

—titled as a 1965 Cobra—

authentic original/take-no-prisoners
Ford 427FE cast-iron side-oiler V8

427FE side-oiler photo is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

This thundering Ford 427FE big-block V8 [built by famed Cobra Restorers] is outfitted with:

  • TRW pistons [11.0:1 compression ratio]
  • CAM camshaft [Cam Techniques, Sarasota Florida; grind F-340-10; lift-0.598", duration 284]
  • add'l (spare) camshaft [Crane Cams cc-280; lift-601", duration 280]
  • Dove aluminum heads
  • Dove medium-riser manifold
  • Dove billet/roller type aluminum rockers
  • COBRA 4V/2V oval air cleaner
  • Holley 800 cfm carburetor, fuel pump and turkey pan
  • aluminum oil pan [11 qt., with deep-sump baffles]
  • Crane Cams pushrods & lifters
  • Jacobs 8mm solid-core plug wires and spark box
  • Howe aluminum radiator


  • Lakewood steel shatterproof bellhousing
  • Ford 427 flywheel
  • Weber clutch ensemble
  • McLeod hydraulic throwout bearing
  • Ford 4-speed [2:32-ratio 1st gear] BIG-spline toploader gearbox with NASCAR LARGE input & output shafts [complemented with Hurst short-throw shift linkage]
  • Jaguar E-type (Salisbury-design) IRS [3.54:1-ratio gearing]


This shot of this (Legend-correct) cockpit is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

The Legend-faithful cockpit boasts:

  • genuine Connolly Leather-upholstered seats
  • genuine Woolrich wool carpeting
  • genuine Smiths Instruments period-correct blackfaced gauges
  • genuine Lucas toggle swtiches
  • genuine Moto-Lita original-styled hardwood-rimmed steering wheel
  • genuine Hurst period-correct shift linkage
  • genuine Raydyot mirror
  • genuine COBRA floormats
  • 3" lap belts
  • 'correct' shifter boot and chromed trim ring
  • chromed fire extinguisher
  • Legend-correct pedals & pedal pads
  • premium leather upholstery

This cockpit shot above (from the passenger side)
hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

This 'driver's view" of the instrument panel" shot above is hotlinked
 [same view, MUCH larger size].

Circling OH drone view of the cockpit above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Coachwork, Suspension, Brakes

  • original-style round-tube frame ladder-type frame with 4" main frame rails, 3" outriggers, Jaguar E-type Salisbury IRS
  • dual A-arms and adjustable coil-over shocks
  • rack & pinion steering
  • Wilwood brakes
  • Girling dual master cylinders

above: X-ray view of Contemporary Classics Cobra. A few (subtle) engineering refinements aside, this is as close as you'll ever get to possessing an original 1960s Shelby-American 427SC Cobra. Without spending a high-six-figure fortune, that is.


  • Halibrand-style 15" pin-drive/knockoff wheels shod with BF Goodrich 'T/A Radial' rubber [in good condition]

Above broadside shot is hotlinked [ALTERNATE 3/4-frontal/
driver side view,
MUCH larger size].

In-your-face frontal shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

3/4-frontal/driver-side shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

3/4-rearview shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Rear quarter shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

This Black Mamba represents the 'Gold Standard' of 427 Cobra replication; it boasts parts and authenticity that are beyond the reach of even modern-day continuation cars. This magnificent Contemporary Classic Cobra is as close as one can get to owning an original 427S/C Cobra without access to a Rockefeller fortune.

It comes to you titled as 1965 Cobra and with all the original paperwork... registration [including the early registration documentation to satisfy Canada's 15-year–specific import requirement], insurance, early build sheets and repair orders. You get even the careful notes recorded by the original owner, who spent seven years recreating the most exacting of Legend-correct Cobra replicas.

Only 5,423 miles [8,727 km] logged on this gently-driven, garage-kept and exquisitely-preserved serpent.


Andy Arnold

(609) 871-2700 EDT (office)

stabled in the showroom of Jonathan Motorcars 
Located in Edgewater Park [Greater Philly metro], New Jersey 

4 August 2016: You can mark that splendid black-on-black Contemporary Cobra SOLD! Gone up beyond the Hudson to a new stable in Connecticut! Once again, many thanks! Rick Portela

The splendid Contemporary Cobra photography you see on this page was brought to you by Andy Arnold and Neil Sulish, using their firm's Nikon D40 digicam... and carefully following this site's 'Cobra Photography Tips.'

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