above is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
I simply wanted
to have to possess and drive the fastest Cobra on the planet!
I insisted however, that it must be completely reliable and eminently
docile... until it's unleashed it with my pressing of the
I got everything I asked for and more. This is a Cobra that goes
060 in 3 seconds flat, yet my 20-year-old son can drive
it up and down PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy) and remain in full control.
At a stoplight the car idles nicely, not some hard-to-keep-running-at-idle
cam that rattles your teeth; that doesn't occur 'til you get
on it. Then hold on... this car pulls hard even when you shift
into 5th gear! As you can imagine anytime you want maximum power
mixed with total reliability, all components must be lightweight
yet heavy dutywhich means all
components were, high-end, custom-made and very costly metals
and alloys (titanium, etc. etc.).
under the coveted "SB-100" (California Senate Bill 100)that
means no smog certification, no California registration hassles
for the life of the car!
are more details about this irrepressible reptile:
351Windsor V8 (380 cid)
photo is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
bored and blown 351 (380 cid) Windsor was built by World
Record holder and famed NHRA/NHBA engine builder Rick King
at a cost of over $15,000. It produces some 700+ hp and
engine componentry includes:
- JE custom pistons
- Crower cam and lifters
- Manley SS (stainless
- Edelbrock 780 cfm
- FoMoCo racing heads
apposite components have been professionally hot-tanked, decked,
blocked, bored, honed, aligned and balanced as per the best money
rectangular-tubular steel chassis
rack & pinion steering, w/anti-sway bar
4-link suspension in rear w/anti-sway bar
- front: 90/10 coil-overs
- rear: Max-Air P 004
adjustable for weight, rake & ride
cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed Cobra steering wheel
leather upholstery w/splendid patina
- Simpson 4-point harness
- Autometer gauges [8 gauge
ensemble] incl. blower boost and fuel pressure
- Sony 4-speaker AM/FM
CD player w/detachable face for security
is hotlinked (alternate frontal
view, MUCH larger size)
- Lakewood scattershield
(yet heavy-duty) flywheel
2800# Race Series
disc, pressure plate and throwout bearing
- Steeda 5-speed transmission
w/0.070 final (over)drive ratio
balanced driveshaft w/safety loop and anti-vibration damper
- Ford race-ready 8.8"
rear-end [4.11:1 gear ratio]
hotlinked (same 3/4-frontal
aerial view, MUCH larger size).
- Centerline two-piece slotted/polished aluminum
wheels, shod with Winston 'Winner G/T' rubber [295/50x15"
rated at 200 mph]
is hotlinked (same broadside
view, MUCH larger size).
YA' LATER VIEW
- Mallory distributor
[electronic, breakerless 9,000 rpm]
Competition coil and Fireball XR 700 amplifier
electronic ignition w/ MSD 2-stage module
B&M intake manifold
- Holley electric fuel
pump w/dual pressure regulators
oil cooler w/ dual remote oil filters
duty radiator with triple cooling fans
pulleys, wrapped headers
battery w/ external charging studs & master on/off switch
hotlinked (same rear view,
MUCH larger size).
this Cobra would cost you more than the $75,000+ that I invested
into it. So the new owner of this awesome serpent will be getting
a great deal! And although I'll take a hit in my pocketbook...
the memories I have with this car are simply... priceless!
(909) 319-xxxx (cell, PDT)
John's complete/unabridged testimonial letter
Located in Carlsbad,
12 August 2012
Dear Cobra Country:
You can mark
my bored-and-blown Classic Roadsters 'Super Serpent' SOLD! Gone up north to Bakersfield.
It actually sold within a couple or three weeks, but I've been
remiss in letting you folks know about it!
Anyone who has
a Cobra to sell should tune in to my personal experience. I had spent a small fortune
advertising my souped-up serpent in (IMHO) all the wrong places
to advertise a Cobra: Auto Trader, Hemmings, Sports Car Trader,
Los Angeles Times and a half-dozen other publications and
websites and auction sites and non-Cobraspecific sites
I don't even recall. And that includes general motorcar selling
sites that promise you the come-on gimmick "We'll run
your ad until it sells." Every single one of them proved
to be a thorough waste of money for advertising a Cobra replica.
recommended Cobra Country to me. I emailed Curt Scott with a request to
advertise and sent him my pictures. Curt phoned me back and gently
prodded me to reshoot my car, and to painstakingly heed his Cobra
photography tips. He shared with me with some very car-specific
tips for shooting my very uncommon and extraordinary Cobra
replica, and then I dutifully set up my little Canon Powershot
camera just as his tips advise. I reshot my car, following his
tips to the letter. I was amazed at how much more aggressive
and attractive my Cobra came out. And when my ad went up I was
even more amazed that, after all the places I had advertised
my car, I was actually getting responses. Favorable and enthusiastic
responses, and from knowledgeable buyers. And within a short
time a buyer had scooped up my red & white road monster.
So here's my
advice to you if you have a Cobra to sell: 1) just as I did, send Curt
some of the photos you've already taken and invite him to go
over them with you. I'm sure you'll discover, as I did, that
you'll benefit from his professional feedback, and 2)
print out and read his "Cobra Photography Tips for
Dipsticks," and follow them very, very carefully.
Then follow Curt's veteran advice on how to effectively describe
and price your car. I'm quite confident it'll make the difference
between favorably impressing prospective buyers (and selling
your car), versus squandering months and hard-earned income advertising
it in all the wrong places as I did, and with (as Curt's tips
refer to them, in his trademark tongue-in-cheek fashion) "birdcage
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