Exact Systems
Exact 427 Cobra, ser# ESX002
Guardsman Blue/black upholstery

Dupont Kevlar / carbon fiber coachwork
ESX002 is #2 of only 10 built

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3/4-frontal shot (driver side) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

In 2003, after several years of scrutinizing the better Cobra replicas, a friend of mine from Austin phoned and advised me that he had decided to create a near-exact Cobra replica… one that Cobra purists would admire and appreciate. Indeed, he would name his company “Exact Systems.”

After several discussions he said he intended to design and employ a composited carbon fiber/Dupont Kevlar body for his custom handcrafted reproduction.

Knowing his extensive abilities I concluded that this was my best chance to own a Cobra.  So I sent him a big deposit for the first one off the line… knowing it would be several years in the making.

He started out by acquiring a top-notch 427 Cobra body to produce a body buck from… and after carefully measuring and adjusting his jig for the frame to be spot-on correct he built a buck for the body… After two tries at the correct carbon fiber–to-Kevlar ratio we arrived at the optimum number of plies each for the bodies; the end result is a robust skin that is almost precisely as lightweight as an aluminum skin—but much stronger and much more dent-resistant. We then built 3 bodies for the first 3 cars… we sent one car off to a paint shop we had used before and sent the next two bodies to a small custom shop outside of Austin. They all came out magnificent… when painted we brought them back to Austin for assembly. All the other parts had been produced and were ready for final assembly prior to the return of the freshly-painted bodies.

We assembled the three Cobras together to correct (on all three) any errors we encountered; when completed each of the three cars was far better than our highest expectations… I had (and have) no issues at all. I’m still pleased as punch that we invested the time to get it all spot-on correct!

I’m quite confident that the coachwork on my Cobra (and the other two that we collaborated on) is as close to perfect as on any Cobra or Cobra replica ever produced since the very first one was completed at Auto Carriers (AC) in Great Britain all those years ago.

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—Under the hood—

1968 428FE CobraJet—true FE big-block V8

427FE engine shot#! (from driver side) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The engine compartment componentry includes:

  • 1968 428FE CJ (CobraJet) true FE big-block cast-iron V8—professionally rebuilt and dynoed at 425 horsepower
  • Edelbrock ‘Performer’ aluminum heads
  • standard rocker arms
  • standard pistons
  • Holley electric fuel pump
  • high-volume oil pump
  • cast/machined aluminum remote oil filter adapter
  • low-rise Edelbrock aluminum manifold
  • Holley 750 cfm 4-barrel carburetor manual secondaries
  • custom Ford 1985 ‘DuraSpark’ electronic ignition fitted with new electronics
  • high-output coil
  • triple-chrome–plated valve covers
  • oil cooler
  • original-style black coolant coolant recovery/top-off tank
  • 4-core custom radiator
  • thermostatically-controlled fans (two fans)… proper cooling and no overheating even in the hottest weather
  • high-speed starter (short)

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427FE engine shot#2 (from passenger side) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by owner

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—Gear Train—

  • QuickTime safety steel bellhousing
  • custom aluminum flywheel
  • custom hydraulic throwout bearing & assembly
  • TKO600 [extra heavy-duty 5-speed gearbox] with special reversing speedometer rear, forward-bent shifter, rubber boot
  • chromed ring
  • custom differential fitted with Dana 44 ‘Power-Lok’

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chassis photos taken at Exact Systems
during the build of this blue beauty, ESX002

build shot#1 (of rear end and rear suspension setup) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by owner
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to see it at a much larger size.

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build shot#2 (of rear end and rear suspension setup) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by owner
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build shot#3 of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see that ultra-smooth
Kevlar/carbon fiber coachwork  at a much larger size.

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—rolling stock—

  • 15 “  genuine Trigo aluminum wheels with SS (stainless steel) knockoffs
  • Mickey Thompson rubber… almost new

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—In this (Legend-faithful) cockpit—

cockpit shot (elevated view from driver side) of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The cockpit in this iconic road reptile is outfitted with:

  • hardwood-rimmed steering wheel
  • AutoMeter blackfaced gauges [with ‘Legend-correct’ reverse-winding speedometer]
  • Lucas toggle switches
  • leather seating surfaces
  • Simpson lap belts (shoulder harness horizontal rail is installed on the rollbar)
  • carpeted floorboard
  • two special batteries (helicopter batteries)  behind the passenger seat

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dashboard/instrument panel shot of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by owner
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—chassis, suspension, brakes—

  • DOM mild steel frame
  • dual A-arms, Penske adjustable coil-over shock absorbers
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • 4-piston Wilwood calipers front & rear

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—The Serpentine Stalker in Enzo’s rearview mirror—

head-on frontal view of Guardsman Blue 427SC Exact Cobra for sale by owner

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“See Ya’ Later, Enzo!”

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Built to be driven…you’ll encounter no downside surprises with this very finest specimen of a reptilian driving machine… only breathtaking driving and touring adventures.

    $89,700 obo

Serious inquiries only, please!

Contact

Brian Byrd

Located in Dallas, Texas

214-606-8581 (cell)

BByrd49@Gmail.com