Corvette Nassau Blue/Beige
Pearl Metalflake stripes
above is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
When the first
427 Cobras were reigning supreme in road racing competition around
the world, I was into English sportscars, especially Colin Chapman's
Lotus 7 Series of kit racing cars. I eventually
built a Lotus 7 Series 4 and campaigned it for
5 years in SCCA 'Solo' racing.
was undefeated in each of 4 of those years, amassing more than
40 First Place finishes. Later, when my high schoolage
son approaching me about once again going Solo racing,
we decided to build a 427 Cobra replica. Not just any one, but
one that would handle as nimbly as the legendary Lotus 7.
We achieved that, and then some.
serpent delivers superb competitive handling that wins SCCA
Solo events, and simultaneously is an excellent road car also.
It's very well balanced and responsive. Given my less-thanyouthful
profile, it was made for the XL driver with extended foot wells
and plenty of legroom for my current 6'-3" 250-lb. frame.
is one of the few cars you can drive to 'Solo' events if you
wish, compete, win and then drive home. Its ideal 50/50 weight
distribution is due to judicious engine choice, engine placement
and extensive use of aluminum components including the power
rack & pinion, water pump, et al. It's
fast enough to win and tame enough to drive to on the road by
even a teenage son.
first registered on 9 September, 1997; now it's nearing
the 'magic' 15-year age qualification for import into Canada.
horsepower/400+ ft./lbs. torque]
photo is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
This well-built Windsor-based
powerplant is outfitted with:
- Edelbrock 'Performer
RPM' heads [flowed
& ported with oversize 2.02" valves ]
- Edelbrock 'Performer' manifold
- Mighty Demon carburetor with K&N
filter (the Ford Cobra air filter is also available)
- Comp Cams [FW 292H-10 grind] camshaft
- high-output oil pump,
remote high-capacity filter and oil cooler
- Milodon road-race oil pan with traps,
baffles & windage tray
- aluminum high-output
water pump and a Griffin custom high-capacity cross-flow
- MSD billet distributor and 6AL
- SS braided lines on
all critical fluids
- full engine and suspension
refresh within last 200 miles (since the complete 'refresh' of
the engine and suspension, it has logged no SCCA 'Solo' track
10" Kevlar/button clutch
Warner "World Class" T-5 gearbox
8.8" [3.55 ratio] limited-slip rear end
cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
is authentically outfitted with:
- Grant hardwood-rimmed
- Ididit adjustable steering
two complete sets: Borg Warner (installed) and Smiths
Instruments gauges (in reserve)
- B&M adjustable shifter
leather seats, doors & dash to match the racing stripes
conditioning and windshield de-misting available
control and backup lights
cover and hermetic storage bag with anti-oxidation chemicals
convertible top and tonneau covernever used
The hard top is upholstered on the outside to appear identical
to the (included) convertible top and side curtains (same fabric
and color); the inside of the hard top is upholstered in the
same color as the seats and dash.
rearview shot is hotlinked (alternate view,
MUCH larger view of hard top).
BRAKES, ROLLING STOCK
2,720 lb. (1,234 kg) ready to run with 50/50 weight distribution
Urbine Performance custom/tunable 3-link with panhard
bar; similar to the latest Ford Mustang components
adjustable, tube style upper & lower A-arms
variable boost power rack & pinion.
& rear heavy-duty swaybars
- shocks: HAL Proma/Stocker
Star, 12-step adjustable
- brakes: 4-wheel disc,
with adjustable proportioning valve
PS Engineering (aluminum) 15" (front: 7-1/2",
rear: 9-1/2"), shod with BF Goodrich T/A Radials
beauty handles extremely well on the track, yet is just the same
fully street-legal. You can tune the suspension from competition
firm to comfortable cruising in minutes.
& rear suspensions are quickly adjustable for ride height
and shock rate. You can change the rear springs in less than
15 minutes if you desire different spring rates, but I've never
deemed that to be necessary.
is hotlinked [same view,
MUCH larger size].
NEWS IN ENZO'S REVIEW MIRROR' VIEW
frontal view is hotlinked (same view, MUCH larger size).
This serpent has never
lost to another Cobra or Cobra replica including Factory Fives
and Superformances in the 7 years it competed in SCCA
'Solo' events. It has captured first place in a number of classes
in Regional and Divisional SCCA Autocrosses throughout Indiana
and Ohio, in Street Mod 2, B-Prepared and E-Mod classes.
Recent 3-link suspension
and shock upgrades have further improved the handling; moreover,
the very recent addition of the variable-assist power steering
has further improved both its street and track performance, easing
driver effort under all circumstances.
The competition rims
are 16"x8". There is sufficient clearance to accommodate
10" front and 12" rear, although I've been running
8.5" Kumo Autocrossers on all four corners with excellent
results [in large part due to its excellent 50/50 weight distribution].
Located in Fort
Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A.
2012: You can mark my Nassau Blue Classic Roadsters Cobra
SOLD... and in just over 2 weeks on Cobra Country! Thanks
for all of your guidance with my photography. Those pictures
got rave reviews from everyone who called. Several asked 'Does
it really look that good?' When the buyer saw it the first
time he said "The pictures are awesome... the car
is even prettier!" Ironically it went to a fellow serpent
enthusiast within 25 miles of where I live! Casey Kroll
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