Two years ago I had the good fortune of coming across an exquisite Cobra, manufactured by hand, by renowned builder Bill Emerson of Emerson Motorsports (EMS), in Redding, California. Over the last two decades Emerson has handcrafted over 100 of these elite level custom-constructed Cobras.
EMS is renowned for the attention to detail and innovative application of cutting-edge technology.
No expense has been spared in the body preparation, integrity and quality of finish… impeccable in every respect!
—Under the Hood—
This is a premium-performance racing engine capable of up to 700 hp with just a pulley change; custom tuning performed by famed Ted Taormina from Taormina Imports of San Francisco.
This 4.6L powerplant is outfitted with:
In the grand touring–equipped cockpit:
Emerson Cobra doors are distinctive and noteworthy. They are bolstered with a specially folded steel armor plate. These doors with their powerful handmade hinges anchored to the frame, will absorb a 55-mph direct side impact, without collapsing into the cockpit.
EMS Cobras are the only ones in the market with mandatory headrests. This helps prevent the serious (neck/head) injuries that can occur with rear impact.
Frontal impacts, for example, are engineered to transfer a large part of the energy into the engine in an upward direction, while transferring more throughout the frame, doors and body.
EMS Cobra bodies are light, tremendously strong, handcrafted works of art. Stronger than steel, yet sufficiently resilient to absorb impact. Bodies are composed of a composite matrix, based upon a select grade of vinyl ester. The EMS body does not expand or shrink under extreme heat or cold due to the chemical consistency of the resin mixture.
They are produced from a very complex body mold that creates both inner and outer panels all in one operation. The entire shell comes out of the mold absolutely seamless and ready for mounting on the chassis, in one very strong piece.
EMS Cobras utilize a custom-engineered exhaust system that increases power and reducing the external heat of sidepipes to 170°F [77°C]. While this is at the higher reaches of safe as skin burns at 160F… it won’t damage bare skin with quick contact.
The approaching menace in
Enzo’s rearview mirror
Custom underhood Cobra painstakingly hand-airbrushed
by renowned artist Carl Avery of Carl Avery Studios.
This is a very rare and distinctive Cobra that radiates tremendous character. It embodies the power and performance that made American musclecars the icons of the motoring world, with a timeless elegance and sleek sophistication.
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The outstanding serpentine photography you see on this page was brought to you by Ben himself, using his fine Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and a Canon 24–84mm zoom lens. He took advantage of San Joaquin County wine country for a backdrop... perfect for a claret-striped Cobra, eh? Ben carefully followed this site's 'Cobra Photography Tips.' so he could capture that 'liquid look' of his terrific black paint job!8 June 2018: You can mark my bodacious black-and-maroon Emerson Cobra SOLD! It's gone to a new (lucky) owner way down in San Diego. Many thanks for your spot-on photography tips, and for your renowned 'reach' to the Cobra industry! Ben Bettenhausen