ERA#2076, Brilliant Blue/PPG Silver stripes
above is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
Replica Automobiles 289FIAsuperb replica of 1965 289FIA Shelby Cobra.
Built in 2001; ERA serial #2076. Base color PPG (PCH) Brilliant
Blue (1997 Dodge), silver racing stripe [PPG code
BC36963], painted by Connecticut Custom Car. Powder-coated
custom ERA frame.
the Cobra replica market in 2000, I came to discover that there
was an alternative to the typical 427 Cobra. At the time
I was aware of only two companies replicating the original flare-fendered
small-block Cobra, the fabulous track star, the 289FIA. From
a styling perspective, I think the smaller and more shapely opening
in the front, the integral hood scoop, the sidepipes tucked beneath
the rocker panel and the overall 'leaner' persona are more attractive
than the similar coachwork cues on any 427-style Cobra. I selected
ERA as my manufacturer after reviewing the extensive design information
included on the company's website, visiting their production
facilities in Connecticut, and after concluding that E.R.A.
represents the very best of the best, both in rugged engineering
and in unrivaled fit & finish.
registered in the state of Maryland as a 1965 Ford 2S (two-seater);
Windsor Ford Cobra Special
powerplant from The Engine Factory
photo is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
The following is copied
directly from an Engine Factory ad (2001) for "Ford
Cobra Special" crate motor:
- precision-machined 351W
connecting rods with 190,000 psi ARP bolts
- Badger heavy-duty pistons
- Speed Pro piston rings
- 3-piece steel roller
style timing chain
- H.O. camshaft delivers
mid-range horsepower and excellent low-end torque
- high-volume Melling
oil pump and screen
- Edelbrock aluminum heads 60cc combustion
- 2.02" stainless
steel swirl-polished intake valves
- 1.60" stainless
steel swirl-polished exhaust valves
- hardened valve seats
for unleaded or regular fuel
- heavy-duty 1.45"-diameter
valve springs, 7° locks
- new heavy-duty chromoly
- new chromed front sump
5-qt. oil pan (I changed this to Canton low-profile 8
qt. oil pan)
- timing chain cover with
polished aluminum valve covers
- new Edelbrock Performer
dual-plane intake manifold
- new 4-barrel 750 cfm
Edelbrock carburetor with electric choke
- high-voltage electronic
distributor and coil (I changed this to an MSD 6AL electronic
- new thermostat and chromed
- new fuel and water pumps
- chromed diptube and
And in addition, these items:
- heavy duty radiator
- electric (puller) cooling
- MSD 6AL ignition
- ceramic-coated primary
- stainless steel sidepipes
Centerforce 'Dual Friction' clutch with McLeod
hydraulic release bearing, Tremec TKO 5-speed gearbox,
3.54:1 rear with posi, Jag IRS with inboard brakes. Adjustable
coil-over shocks, two in front and four on the rear (Eibach
springs/Spax shocks). Swaybars front & rear.
cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
Odometer stopped working
at 1,900 miles. Best estimate is close to 7,500 miles. Street
interior with vinyl seats, Stewart-Warner gauges, 4-point
harnesses, but only lap belts are installed. 15" Moto-Lita
steering wheel, wind wings, shaded visors, and racing mirror.
FIA gauge layout, Lucas toggle switches, Moto-Lita
Wilwood brakes in front
with 12" rotors. Halibrand-style pin-drive wheels.
Dunlop tires: front: P235/60Rx15; rear: P295/50Rx15.
view is hotlinked [alternate view
(3/4-rear shot), much larger size].
shot is hotlinked [same view,
much larger size].
custom soft top and side curtains, and tonneau cover (not shown)
my flash really illuminated those bright aluminum inner fenders.
This broadside shot is hotlinked (alternate broadside view, much
This Cobra has accumulated
less than 10,000 miles.
IMHO, ERA's entry
in the FIA sweepstakes represents the leanest, meanest, most
nimble and thrill-filled drivin' machine ever!
I logged almost all of this serpent's
estimated 7,500 miles (12,000 km) in my early years of ownership.
It's a beauty, but not a trailer queen. I drove it to all the
car events I attended, (rain or shine), my favorite being
the annual Cruisin' Ocean City event in late May (4-day
event, Ocean City, Maryland). Even though I still believe the
Cobra (especially the 289FIA) to be the best-looking driving
machine of all time, I have not been driving it much of late.
Chauffeuring kids to sporting events and concern about leaving
it unattended has limited its 'fun factor' for me for a few years,
and thus over the past 4 years it has seen relatively little
action. So I'm ready for some lucky new owner to take possession
and get the bugs-in-your-teeth sheer enjoyment and driving
thrills that it is all set to deliver.
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.
2012: You can mark my Brilliant Blue E.R.A. 289FIA SOLD! It is
now on its way to a new home in the Pacific Northwest! My thanks
to Curt for so much for his help in composing the car's profile.
And his Cobra Photogaphy Tips were instrumental in persuading
a Cobra enthusiast in Portland, Oregon to buy my Cobra... he
bought my car without ever coming to see it in person. Minor
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