Kirkham 427S/C Cobra
KMP185, Guardsman Blue

Aerial/broadside shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

I purchased this breathtaking Kirkham 427S/C from a private party in 2005; it was promptly dispatched to master builder Stewart Hall of Hall Fabrication and Racing in Benicia, Calfornia for disassembly and painting the aluminum coachwork. Stewart is a recognized specialist in restoring and maintaining original Shelby Cobras as well as other fine exotics and race cars.

KMP185 has logged approximately 18,500 miles on the odometer. The engine was rebuilt [for improved street performance] in 2010 at 12,000 miles [19,300 km] by Tom Lucas of FE Specialties in Sacramento, Calfornia.

It's registered under the coveted "SB100" [California Senate Bill 100]that means
 no smog certification, no California registration hassles for the life of the car.

stroked Shelby 427 aluminum block
[delivers 610 horses/623 ft.lbs. torque]

Engine photo is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

  • stroked Shelby aluminum 427 block, 486 [delivers 623 ft.lbs. torque@ 4,400 rpm; 610 hp@ 5,900 rpm]
  • Shelby aluminum intake manifold
  • Shelby aluminum heads
  • Crower hydraulic roller cam
  • Diamond pistons
  • Erson rocker assembly
  • Scat forged crank and rods
  • Holley 830 cfm hi-performance carburetor
  • Aviaid 14-quart dry-sump lubrication with 4-stage external oil pump
  • MSD ignition ensemble

 SB100 sticker [under the dash on the cowl hoop from various camera angles].


  • Ford FE bellhousing
  • Centerforce clutch assembly
  • Tremec TKO600 5-speed gearbox
  • Kirkham aluminum Salisbury-style IRS differential fitted with rugged Dana 44 gears
  • differential oil cooler


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

The faithfully decked-out cockpit includes:

  • Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed steering wheel [larger diameter wheel also included, but not in photo]
  • AutoMeter blackfaced gauges [with 'correct' Lucas amps gauge and reverse-winding speedometer]
  • Lucas toggle switches
  • (genuine) English Connolly Leatherupholstered seats, dash and bulkhead
  • (genuine) English Wilton Wool carpeting throughout interior and trunk
  • custom racing seats
  • custom "dead pedal" next to clutch
  • driver-side fresh air duct
  • fire extinguisher [mounted on bulkhead]
  • Safecraft halon-charged fire suppression system mounted in trunk
  • tonneau cover

Instrument panel shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].


Original-style round-tube frame with 4" main frame rails, dual A-arms and fully adjustable coil-over shocks, rack & pinion steering, nickel-plated rollbar, chromed catches & fittings, black quickjacks. All four fender wells are undercoated.

Above head-on frontal shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].


  • Legend-faithful frame, suspension, and aluminum coachwork
  • Penske coil-over adjustable racing shocks
  • Wilwood brakes
  • 40-gallon [151 litre] SS (stainless steel) gas tank

3/4-rear [passenger-side] hot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].


  • period-correct Halibrand wheels [with genuine SS knockoff hubs]
  • Avon tires [245/60VRx15" front; 295/50VRx15" rear] in good shape

Luggage compartment shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].
You can see the fuel delivery system, the SafeCraft automatic
flame-suppression system, and the tonneau cover.

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


Dave Brown

(408) 395-xxxx
Located in Saratoga, California (Santa Clara County)

1 September 2016: You can mark my beautiful blue Kirkham Motorsports Cobra SOLD! Gone to a fellow serpent enthusiast in Switzerland! Many thanks! Dave Brown

The breathtaking serpentine photography you see on this page was brought to you by Dave himself, using his Fuji XT1 mirrorless digicam and its standard 18–55mm lens. Dave carefully followed this site's 'Cobra Photography Tips.'

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