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Peak Roadster season is still fully operational on CobraCountry (as you can easily witness by the ongoing throng of “SOLD” signs). If you have a Cobra you wish to sell, right now is the time for you to start preparing to market it effectively. Go to the “About Us” dropdown menu and go to our “Mission Statement.” Read those four paragraphs. That’ll get you started down the fast track to market your Cobra effectively on CobraCountry—for 25 years the #1 marketplace for selling a Shelby serpent. CS

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roadside thumbnail image of Ferrari Rossa Red 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing Cobra, BDR333, for sale by owner

9 October, 2021: Please mark my red serpent SOLD! Thirty minutes after my ad went live I started receiving calls; the lucky buyer was the first caller and the car is going north (and west) to British Columbia, Canada. I received three more (serious) inquiries within the first 36 hours. Curt, thanks for all your advice on photos and wording in the ad. Best website on the internet!! Jim Slattery

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Ferrari Rossa Red reptile the way it looks “in the flesh”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) (BDR1709) for sale by owner

5 October 2021: My ‘black mamba’ Backdraft Cobra is SOLD. Gone to a new home “way up north” in Atlanta. Many thanks for all your help and advice! Ralph Donabed

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Onyx Black ‘Street Version’ snake the way it looks “in the flesh”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Rossa Red 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing Cobra for sale by owner, BDR661

21 Sept. 2021: You can mark my red Backdraft Racing reptile (BDR661) SOLD! After only a few days on CobraCountry, it’s on its way to a lucky new owner way way back in Connecticut. I also had offers from other potential buyers as well. Your site is the best. Many thanks! George Vawter

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Rossa Red reptile the way it looks “in the flesh”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Dark Grey 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing Cobra (BDR1562) for sale

10 August 2021: Please mark my Sterling Grey Backdraft Racing Cobra SOLD! The buyer (only about 30 minutes’ drive from me) contacted me only a few hours after my ad went up on CobraCountry… went up on Saturday, gone to a new home only 3 days later! We’re both favorably impressed with your site’s local (Keystone State) coverage! Matthew Liggett

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Sterling Grey snake the way it looks “in the flesh”!

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7 August 2021: Please mark my gorgeous gray Cobra SOLD. Going to a fine gentleman and fellow Cobra enthusiast way up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He’s happy with his new “bucket list” car. We’re all smiling… “happy as a clam at high water”… as they say down here on the Gulf Coast. Many thanks for your “wide reach” to the Cobra industry. Mike Fisher

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Royal Grey serpent the way it looks “in the flesh”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Royal Blue Metallic 427SC Shelby classic Superformance Cobra, SPO#0456 for sale by owner

29 July 2021: Dear Cobra Country: Please mark that Royal Blue Superformance MkIII Cobra, SPO#0456, SOLD. Curt, I had 3 serious offers within four days: one from Texas, one from Pennsylvania, and one (the first caller who indeed purchased my Cobra) from Kansas. I don’t quite understand why anyone would put his Cobra up for sale anywhere other than Cobra Country. Happy camper. George Euler

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance MkIII Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Royal Blue beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by owner

23 July 2021: Tell Curt he can mark my ‘black mamba’ SOLD. Gone to a very lucky new owner in Phoenix. I must say that your site is really dialed in to Cobra buyers. And it was your advice on photographing my Cobra that resulted in the solid response I received… I got rave reviews (about my Cobra’s eye appeal) from inquiring callers. I recommend CobraCountry to anyone serious about selling his Cobra. Many thanks! Chris Reis

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Factory Five MkIII Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this black beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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aerial broadside thumbnail image of Stuttgart Silver/black stripes 427SC Shelby classic Superformance Cobra (SPO1388 ) for sale by owner

22 July 2021: You can mark my silver Superformance MkIII Cobra, SPO1388, SOLD. Gone to a fellow Cobra aficionado down in southern New Jersey. Tell Curt that his marketing prowess and photography experience in this industry and your site’s terrific market ‘reach’ led to a prompt sale and a very happy seller (and an equally happy buyer). Many thanks! Bob Catalano

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this silver beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Royal Blue Metallic 427SC Shelby classic Superformance Cobra SPO2432, for sale by owner

6 July 2021: You can mark my magnificent Royal Blue Superformance Cobra SOLD! And after less than a week on your site. It’s headed for a new owner and a new motorcar stable near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Many thanks to my buddy Dan Demeter who painstakingly followed your site’s Cobra Photography Tips. For the record, I received several other serious inquiries in those few days my ad was running. You can color me (and Dan) happy campers! Chris Cornell

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Royal Metallic Blue beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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24 June 2021:  Dear Curt and Judy… Go ahead and slap that “SOLD” banner on my “Li’l- Diablo” Shell Valley Cobra! After only a week, I had multiple inquiries, and she’s now on the way to her new stable down in The Peach State of Georgia. I can’t thank you enough for your awesome advisory on how to take great Cobra photos, because my prompt sale was sold based entirely on those photos. I’m stoked to have sold to a first-time Cobra buyer who is going to hands-down LOVE that car as much as I did!  All the best to you both, Rick Robel

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Shell Valley Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Rossa Red reptilian hot rod the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Onyx Black/silver stripes 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing (BDR#664) Cobra for sale by owner

3 June 2021: Dear Cobra Country: Tell Curt to mark my Backdraft Racing Cobra (BDR#664) SOLD. It wasn’t “Gone in sixty seconds,” but it was “Snatched up in about sixty hours.” Gone to a new home way up in The Keystone State (Pennsyvania), sight-unseen except for my pictures. Curt advised me that my good photos would likely result in a prompt sale. He was wrong. Took almost 3 days. With best regards and thanks for a Cobra marketing/ showcasing job well done, Rod Macon

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Onyx Black serpentine hot rod the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image of Prism Red 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Cobra for sale by owner

14 May 2021: Dear Curt, You can mark my Beautiful Backdraft Cobra SOLD. Went way up to the northeast for a new owner and a new snake stable. I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and direction through the process of selling my Cobra. I feel that without your expertise I might have settled for less. I also can’t believe how quickly the car sold and the amount of traffic my ad received. You should be applauded for the work you do. Thanks again, Paul Castrovinci

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Prism Red prince of serpents the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside (driver side) thumbnail image of McDonald Red 427SC Shelby classic 427S/C Cobra for sale by HRE Motorcars, CSX4297

10 May 2021: Please mark my CSX4297 SOLD. It’s destined for a fellow Shelby enthusiast way out in California. We also had a gentleman in Europe who was very interested in acquiring our li’l red reptile. Much appreciation for your ‘global reach’, and for Bill Draffen’s fine serpentine photography! Rick Berotti

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Shelby CSX Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this McDonald Red beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Shelby classic Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470

Thursday, 6 May 2021: Curt, put up the sold sign! I sold my sweet little Marlin Blue monster to a very nice fellow from Minnesota. Thank you very much for your absolutely essential photography guidelines and coaching. And for your popular listing service as well. I received plenty of inquiries from your site (all in less than one week!) and am delighted to have sold to a buyer that truly understands and appreciates this very unique Cobra. All the best to you and Judy. Scott M.

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Marlin Blue combatant the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Viking Blue Superformance 289FIA Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale, SPO#0002

Friday, 27 April, 2021: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark that Viking Blue Superformance 289FIA SOLD. Headed for the West Coast. Let Curt know that this beauty will reside in a new stable someplace in sunny southern California! Once again, many thanks: your site’s ‘reach’ to the Cobra industry once again concluded with a happy buyer and a happy seller! James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance 289FIA Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Viking Blue combatant the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Guardsman Blue Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO#0813

Dear Curt: Friday, 23 April, 2021: You can mark my Guardsman Blue Superformance serpent (SPO0813) SOLD. And it collared a buyer less than 12 hours after it was posted on your site. It went up at about (I think) 10 o’clock Thursday evening, and I got the first call from my buyer at about 9 o’clock Friday morning. By about noon we had worked out the particulars for my blue beauty to be picked up. In the meantime I also received other inquiries from interested buyers, which of course I had to turn away. You can color me Lake Isabella’s #1 happy camper! Happy buyer, too. Robb Allen

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance MkIII Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Guardsman Blue reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Monza Red Superformance 427SC Cobra for sale by owner, SPO#0666

30 March 2021: Please mark my Monza Red Superformance Cobra SOLD! The (out-of-state) buyer phoned me two hours after the listing was posted and committed to buying the car the next day. I received 3 serious inquiries in the first 24 hours and several more even after marking the car as “Sale Pending”. Four people asked to be placed in a backup position in case the sale fell through.

An interested buyer from Mexico contacted me as well. Amazing response due to your great web presentation and your world-wide reach to serious Cobra buyers. You can color me impressed!

Your photographic tutoring was invaluable… priceless… along with your all your other help and guidance.

Thank you for an easy and productive selling experience. I would promptly recommend and endorse “Cobra Country” to anyone wanting to sell a Cobra. Dan Cicora

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance MkIII Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Monza Red reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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head-on frontal thumbnail image of Porsche ‘Iris Blue Metallic’ E.R.A. 427 Shelby classic Cobra for sale

13 March 2021: You can mark that Iris Blue Metallic E.R.A. drivin’ machine SOLD! It’s headed way back to a new owner and a new stable in Jacksonville (central), Illinois. Many thanks! Rick Hayward

Note: the thumbnail image above of this E.R.A. 427SC Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this blue beastie the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Titanium Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1176

3 March 2021: You can mark my Titanium SPO1176 SOLD! Thanks for the great service and Curt’s efforts. Rob

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance 427SC Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this titanium terrestrial the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of ‘Arrival Blue’ Factory Five Racing Mk 3.1 427SC Shelby classic Cobra (with hard top installed) for sale by owner

27 February 2021: You can mark my ‘Arrival Blue’ Factory Five Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new stable right across “Alligator Alley” to Miami. We got serious responses from as far as California starting the day after our ad went up; it sold in only 4 days on your site, and was picked up/delivered on the 5th day. You can color both seller and buyer happy campers! Doug Gauvreau

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Factory Five Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this blue beastie the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of silver/black stripes Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO2929

8 January 2021: You can mark my ‘silver bullet,’ Superformance SPO2929, SOLD! And after only 6 days on your site; in fact, I had several serious-buyer inquiries in these few days and from all around the country. That beauty is gone to a bona fide Cobra admirer in San Diego. Many thanks to your site and your knowledge of the Cobra market and to my young friend Brandon Prugh, who conducted the photography for me. And stay safe! Rick Fusi

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this titanium reptile the way it looks “in person”… as well as how it looks during Arizona’s “Golden Hour” of sunshine!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of black/red stripes 427SC Shell Valley classic Cobra for sale by owner

19 February 2021: Curt, you can mark that Santorini Black Shell Valley Cobra roadster SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner and new lodgings way back in South Carolina. Many thanks (once again) for your site’s phenomenal ‘reach’ to this industry’s buyers! Gary Foster

Note: the thumbnail image above of this black/red livery Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this black beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image 40th Anniversary 427SC Shelby Cobra for sale, CSX4338, painted in Anniversary Blue

9 February 2021: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark that Anniversary Blue beauty (CSX4338) SOLD. Gone to a fellow Cobra enthusiast AND horse breeder in Lexington, Kentucky. So it really is going to a new stable! Many thanks for your disciplined approach to marketing these thoroughbred driving machines. Craig Szambel

Note: the thumbnail image above of Craig’s 40th Anniversary Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this blue beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside shot (thumbnail) image of metallic red Factory Five Racing MkII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale

2 February 2021: Dear CobraCountry: you can mark my li’l red reptile SOLD, and in less than a week on your site. Gone to a new home way up in Atlanta! Many Thanks! Chuck Calhoun

Note: the thumbnail image above of Chuck’s Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image of Superformance MkIII ‘Street Version’ 427 Cobra for sale by owner, SP03339. Dark silver/black upholstery.

2 February 2021: You can mark my Street Version dark silver serpent SOLD! Gone to a very lucky new owner and a new stable down in San Diego. Many thanks to your ‘reach’ to Cobra buyers! Hugh Cornish

Note: the thumbnail image above of this dark silver serpent is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this menace-of-the-motorways the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Onyx Black Superformance 427SC MkIII Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO1948

12 January 2021: You can mark our Cobra SOLD! I sold my Cobra on CobraCountry, and along the way learned a lot about cars, photography, and met some great car people. Thanks to your site for your professionalism and help in posting my ad, and my good friends Dave and Jack who captured those great photos! Mary Savoy

Note: the thumbnail image above of this black-on-black Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this menace-of-the-motorways the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Giallo Capri (bronze) Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale, BDR1477

12 January 2021: You can mark that Giallo Capri Cobra SOLD! It’s going to another stable right here in Texas, so it’ll be prowling the roadways right here in The Lone Star State. Once again, many thanks for your phenomenal coverage of the Cobra market! James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this bronze Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of deep Royal Blue/Arctic White LeMans stripes Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale, SP02499

8 January 2021: You can mark that glistening Royal Blue Superformance, SPO2499, SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner way up in The Keystone State (Pennsylvania). Once again, many thanks for your pan-global reach in the Cobra marketplace! James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Royal Blue reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal/aerial thumbnail image of dark gray 10th Anniversary Edition Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO1948

23 December 2020: You can mark my 10th Anniversary Superformance Cobra SOLD. Gone to a new stable and a lucky new owner in Kansas City, about 400 miles away. Many thanks for your guidance in marketing this bona fide beauty and snagging just the right buyer! Mike Schmalz

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this 10th Anniversary Gray reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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head-on frontal thumbnail image of Porsche Graphite Blue Metallic Backdraft Racing GT Wide body 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale, BDR1758

11 December 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark my glistening Backdraft Racing Cobra, BDR1758, SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner way up in the upper midwest. Many thanks to your expertise in reaching serious Cobra buyers! Scott Bliss

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Graphite Blue reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image of Guards Red Shelby 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, CSX4228

11 November 2020: You can mark my red Shelby Cobra, CSX4228, SOLD! It’s going to a (well-known to CobraCountry pilgrims) American CSX collector, currently on an extended visit to London, England. I think CSX4228 will be shipped to southern California. And to all you folks who contacted me, rest assured that Farley (our American Cocker Spaniel) isn’t going with the car.  //:=) Bob Brungardt

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Shelby Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Ford Red reptile the way it looks “in person”!

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head-on frontal thumbnail image of Titanium/black stripes Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO2508

3 November 2020: You can mark my titanium Superformance serpent SOLD! Gone to a new home in The Buckeye State (Ohio). Many thanks for your expertise in marketing these Shelby serpents! Al Romanoski

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Titanium beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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31 October 2020: After only four days on CobraCountry, you can mark our gorgeous Indigo Blue Cobra SOLD! Gone to a quite lucky new owner way out in Suffolk County on Long Island. Many thanks to your renowned ‘global reach’ to Cobra enthusiasts! John Tenn

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Indigo Blue beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3 October 2020: Please mark that rich black BDR#0752 SOLD. And after only 2 or 3 days on Cobra Country! It’s staying right here in a good home in the Houston area. Once again, many thanks for your marketing ‘reach’ even in our local market! With best regards, James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Backdraft Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Onyx Black beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Candy Lime Gold FFR (Factory Five Racing) 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale by owner

2 October 2020: Please mark my Candy Lime-Gold Cobra SOLD. Sold within 3-days of my ad going up on Cobra Country to a gentleman from Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks for your help; this all worked out very well. Dave Sorenson

Note: the thumbnail image above of Dave’s Factory Five Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Candy Lime-Gold menace of the motorways the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image of Midnight Blue 427SC Shelby classic E.R.A. Cobra for sale by owner

1 October 2020: You can mark my E.R.A. serpent SOLD! Went all the way across the nation to a fellow Cobra enthusiast and car collector near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Thank you so much for all your help and education marketing my Cobra… and for your ‘distant reach’ in the Cobra marketplace! Mike

Note: the thumbnail image above of Mike’s E.R.A. Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Midnight Blue E.R.A. drivin’ machine the way it looks “in person”!

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head-on frontal thumbnail image of Indigo Blue 427SC E.R.A. Shelby classic Cobra for sale, ERA#714

25 September 2020: Please mark our E.R.A. Cobra SOLD! Gone all the way out west to Redding, California! Many thanks for your invaluable Tips for photographing our (late) Dad’s dream drivin’ machine! Alyssa Meier

Note: the thumbnail image above of this E.R.A. Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Indigo Blue E.R.A. beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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thumbnail broadside shot of Indigo Blue Backdraft 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR1716

20 September 2020: Please mark my Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new digs back east in Michigan. Many thanks for your expertise in marketing these wonderful driving machines! Brian Shea

Note: the thumbnail image above of Brian’s Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Indigo Blue Backdraft Racing beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside thumbnail image of Hot Red Antique & Classic 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale

10 September 2020: Please mark my nice red Cobra SOLD! It’s headed for new digs way out west in Montana! Many thanks for your ‘global reach’ in the Cobra industry. Stay safe! Andy Segal

Note: the thumbnail image above of Andy’s Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this red Antique & Collectibles beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale

9 September 2020: You can mark my E.R.A. 289USRRC Cobra SOLD! Many thanks for your skills in marketing these fine Shelby driving machines! Your advice and help with my photography made a big difference. By the way, it‘ll be staying here in Pennsylvania, somewhere west of Philly. Eric Peterson

Note: the thumbnail image above of Eric’s Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this deep blue USRRC beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Grand Prix White/LeMans Blue stripes Classic Roadsters 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale by owner

31 August 2020: You can mark my Cobra SOLD! In less than one day on your site (!!) and it’s now scheduled to head 2,300 miles west to a lucky new owner in the heart of Big Sky Country (Bozeman, Montana). You can characterize us as two happy campers. Many thanks, and keep safe! Beth Westcott

Note: the thumbnail image above of Beth’s Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this show white beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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broadside shot thumbnail image of Salsa Red Backdraft Racing 427SC Cobra for sale, BDR722

28 August 2020: You can mark my Cobra SOLD! It’s on it’s way to a Cobra enthusiast in the United Kingdom. Thanks to CobraCountry’s ‘global market reach’, I am a happy camper! Willie Belter

Note: the thumbnail image above of Willie’s #BDR722 Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Black Magic beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Black Magic Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR1050

21 August 2020: Hi Curt, please mark BDR1050 SOLD! Thanks for all your team’s efforts on the text and the photos! She found her new home in the Denver (Colorado) area. James

Note: the thumbnail image above of James’ #BDR1050 Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Black Magic beauty the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Speedway Blue Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR757

22 July, 2020: Dear Cobra Country: Mark it SOLD! After only 4 days on your site, my Speedway Blue Cobra is on its way to a new home way back east in New York! I had several serious inquiries about my Cobra (including one from Great Britain). Thank you for your mastery of connecting Cobra buyers with Cobra sellers thousands of miles apart! Dick Gardiner

Note: the thumbnail image above of Dick’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Speedway Blue Cobra the way it looks “in person”!

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3/4-frontal view thumbnail image of Grigio Telestro/black LeMans stripes Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR1932

17 July 2020: Dear Curt: Mark it SOLD! I am delighted to inform you that BDR1932 is sold as a direct result of our Showcase ad on Cobra Country. She’s on her way to a fine gentleman in Indiana. Thank you! Jeff Grice, Nostalgic Motoring

Note: the thumbnail image above of this Cobra is hotlinked to this Cobra’s Showcase page… so you can see their Backdraft Racing reptile in all its Grigio Telestro glory!

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broadside shot (thumbnail sized) of Indigo Blue Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR838

11 July 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark my splendid Indigo Blue Cobra SOLD!Gone to a new home up north in Centralia, Washington. In less than a week I had serious inquiries from all over… including one very serious buyer from Majorca (large island off the east coast of Spain)! Many thanks to your renowned ‘global coverage’ of the Cobra market! Lonnie Parsons

Note: the thumbnail image above of Lonnie’a Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see their Backdraft Racing reptile in all its Indigo Blue splendour!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Rosso Red Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, BDR****

28 June 2020: You can mark our Rosso Red Cobra SOLD! Thanks to CobraCountry it’s gone to a new owner and a new stable up in Colorado. Stay safe! Scott & Steff

Note: the thumbnail image above of Scott & Steff’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see their Backdraft Racing reptile in all its Rosso Red splendour!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Audi Navarra Blue Unique Motorcars 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale

23 June 2020: You can mark our Unique Motorcars Cobra SOLD! It’s headed about 500 miles due south to a bona fide motorcar enthusiast and collector in Gallatin, Tennessee. Thanks to CobraCountry’s industry ‘reach’, we (both buyer and seller) are happy campers! Dick Untch

Note: the thumbnail image above of Dick’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Audi Blue Unique Motorcars serpent in all its glory!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Prussian Blue Factory Five Racing 427SC Cobra for sale by owner; category: classic Shelby Cobra Vehicle for Sale

1 June 2020: (Dear CobraCountry): You can mark my Viper Blue Cobra SOLD! It’s going to a new stable in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thank you so much for all of your help and expertise. Again, thank You. Jonathan Welch

Note: the thumbnail image above of Jon’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Viper Blue Factory Five serpent in all its glory!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Dark Silver Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO2938

28 May 2020: (Dear CobraCountry): Can you mark my Cobra (SPO2938) as SOLD. My silver serpent has gone to a lucky buyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And in less than two weeks on your site. Thanks again for your help! Chris Meier

Note: the thumbnail image above of Chris’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his dark silver Superformance in all its splendour!

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/4-frontal (passenger side) thumbnail image (passenger side) of Royal Blue Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO2464

24 May, 2020: Dear CobraCountry: Please mark my Royal Blue Superformance Cobra SOLD! Not going too far… it’s now residing in another stable right here in The Garden State. Thank you for your “local” market coverage! Josh Epstein

Note: the thumbnail image above of Josh’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his blue MkIII Superformance in all its glory!

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17 May, 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark my Guardsman Blue E.R.A. Cobra SOLD! Gone to a now owner and a new stable way across the sea in sunny France! Thank you for your expertise in marketing Shelby Cobras to serious buyers all over the globe! With best regards, Marty Hogan

Note: the thumbnail image above of Marty’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his blue E.R.A. in all its glory!

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20 May, 2020: Mark my red E.R.A. Cobra SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. Special thanks for your great photography advisory, which helped me to take pictures of my Cobra that really captured its rich Candy Apple Red paint in all its radiant glory! Ron Peterson

Note: the thumbnail image above of Ron’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his li’l red reptile in all its glory!

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12 May 2020: Curt, please mark BDR1751 SOLD! This white beauty left today for a new home in northern Texas. Thanks for all the hard work! James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of James’ latest sold Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see this lily white reptile in all its glory!

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5 May 2020: You can mark my Crimson Red Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new home and a new owner over in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If there’s a better place to advertise a Cobra for sale, I don’t know where that would be! Many thanks! Sid Suedmeier

Note: the thumbnail image above of Sid’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his li’l red reptile in all its glory!

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10 May 2020: You can mark my Indigo Blue Backdraft Cobra SOLD. Gone to a new owner and a new stable 1,500 miles away in La Habra Heights, California! And just as Curt predicted, it sold sight-unseen except for those good photos I took. Many thanks to your expertise in reaching out to Cobra buyers! Eric Bruce

Note: the thumbnail image above of Eric’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his blue reptile in all its glory!

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thumbnail frontal image of Navy Blue/Arctic White stripes 427SC Shelby classic Cobra (by Shell Valley Companies) for sale by owner

5 May (Cinco de Mayo!), 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark my dazzling Shell Valley Cobra SOLD! Gone to a certified fellow Cobra enthusiast over in Kansas. Many thanks for your sage advice and for your spot-on Photography Tips. You can color us both very happy campers! Craig Schussler

Note: the thumbnail image above of this fine Shell Valley Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this Navy Blue beauty in all its glory!

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20 April, 2020: CobraCountry reflection: This Cobra’s owner captured the colour and the persona you see above of his red Cobra using only his little I (model GX7) consumer-grade digital camera. It has a tack-sharp lens, but a weak built-in flash. So he purchased and mounted an inexpensive 3rd party flash for more balanced illumination out in that harsh Arizona sunshine. And he followed our Cobra Photography Tips to the very letter.

Dave’s extra effort in capturing those fine photos paid dividends: today (20 April 2020) Dave informed us that his li’l red reptile sold to a lucky new owner and a new stable across the pond… in Europe!

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2 April, 2020: Please tell Curt to mark that sleek black ‘Street Version’ 427 Cobra (SPO1869) SOLD! Gone to a discerning new owner and a new stable up in New York state. Once again, many thanks for your site’s celebrated “reach” to Shelby Cobra enthusiasts and Cobra buyers. There are many places where you can advertise your Cobra for sale, but Cobra Country is the place where you can count on landing a serious buyer. James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this fine Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this black beauty in all its glory!

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17 March 2020: You can mark my brother’s awesome West Coast Cobra SOLD! It wenet to a new home way down in “The Grand Strand” [sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina]. Thanks for all your guidance, and thanks to your market ‘reach’! Dino Michalopoulos

Note: the thumbnail image above of Dino’s brother’s West Coast Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see this serpent in all its glory!

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8 March 2020: You can mark my Viper Blue Hurricane Motorsports Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new owner only about 25 miles away (in Chatsworth). Many thanks for your “local” market reach as well as your global reach! Bill Cole

Note: the thumbnail image above of Bill’s Hurricane Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Cobra in all its glory!

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5 March, 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark our Spectra Blue Backdraft Racing Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new stable about 500 miles north, in Lubbock. Many thanks for your “pan-Texas” market coverage! Art Sanchez

Note: the thumbnail image above of Art’s Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Cobra in all its glory!

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28 February, 2020: You can mark my drop-dead spiffy titanium Superformance Cobra (SPO2454) SOLD! Gone to the luckiest new Cobra owner in the country, way over in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many thanks for all the assets your site brings to help a Cobra owner to properly market and sell his Cobra… your reach to Shelby Cobra enthusiasts is awesome. Marty Heller

Note: the thumbnail image above of Marty’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his silvery serpent in all its glory!

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10 February, 2020: You can mark that Onyx Black beauty (SPO2358) SOLD! It was spotted and snatched up by a lucky new owner and is destined for a new home and a new stable way up in Oregon! Again, many thanks for your site’s astonishing ‘reach’ to Cobra enthusiasts! James Yale

Note: the thumbnail image above of this fine Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to its Showcase page… so you can see this black beauty in all its glory!

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29 January, 2020: Good news!! I sold my Rossa Red Backdraft Cobra this weekend, so please mark it “SOLD!’! It went to a lucky new owner in Michigan. Thank you again for all of your help and advice in taking photos and creating my ad. Cobra Country did a great job connecting me with nearly a dozen potential buyers in under a month (and in the Winter season!). Keep up the good work! Best, Mike Winters

Note: the thumbnail image above of Mike’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his li’l red reptile in all its glory!

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9 January 2020: Dear CobraCountry: My JCF Cobra sold last week… gone to a lucky new owner up in Livermore, California! I still love that car, but I had to sell it to help purchase a vacation home at Lake Tahoe. Thank you for your expertise in marketing these Cobras, and my thanks to your recommended photographer, Ben Verleger, for the great photos he took for my ad! Tim Mikulecky

Note: the thumbnail image above of Tim’s JCF Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Cobra in all its glory!

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1 January, 2020: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark my Indigo Blue Factory Five Racing Daytona Coupe SOLD! Gone way down south(west) to a splendid new stable in Lake Havasu, Arizona. This is the 4th or 5th car (2 Daytona Coupes and 2 or 3 Cobra roadsters) that I’ve sold through your site (I’ve lost count!). You can color me (and all the buyers) happy campers. Hope you have a good and prosperous 2020! John DeHoff

Note: the thumbnail image above of John’s Daytona Coupe is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his Indigo Blue beauty in all its glory!

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14 December 2019: Hi Judy: I’m happy to say that my Superformance serpent has been sold to a longtime Cobra enthusiast and first-time owner down in New Orleans. So nice to see it go to someone with a a passion for these cars that rivals mine. This was the second Superformance I’ve owned and both of my cars have been sold through your website. Definitely the right place to advertise to find serious buyers!! Thanks! John

Note: the thumbnail image above of John’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see his blue beauty in all its glory!

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12 December, 2019: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark our Royal Blue Superformance Cobra SOLD! Gone to a new stable and a very lucky new owner out in Kansas City, Missouri. Many thanks for your expert guidance in selling our Cobra. And wishing you a happy Holiday season! Gary and Sue White

Note: the thumbnail image above of Gary’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see this beauty in all its glory!

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6 December 2019: Dear Cobra Country: Please mark my fine red Kirkham Motorsports Cobra SOLD! Thank you for your help! Ron Mazzaro

Note: the thumbnail image above of Ron’s Kirkham Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see this beauty in all its glory!

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29 November 2019: Please mark my drop-dead gorgeous E.R.A. “Cammer Cobra” “SOLD”! It’s going to a very knowledgeable SOHC buyer out in Missouri. It will be in good hands. Many thanks! Shaun Goodwin

Note: the thumbnail image above of Shaun’s E.R.A. 427 cammer Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his motophoto expertise!

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29 November 2019: Seasons greetings, CobraCountry: My gorgeous ERA#532 sold yesterday (on Thanksgiving Day!). I want to thank you for sticking with me along the way, guiding my efforts (especially my determination to take good photographs) to market my Cobra.

On that note, incidentally, the lucky new owner way out west in Santa Fe, New Mexico, purchased my Cobra without flying in to see it in person, having seen it only in my photos!

Even through we never met I feel we have become good friends over time. I hope some day our paths cross so I can thank you personally for all you’ve done.

I wish you both best wishes going into the holiday season and a future of good health and happiness. Robert

Note: the thumbnail image above of Robert’s E.R.A. Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his motophoto expertise!

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31 October 2019: You can mark my ‘Deep Impact Blue’ Cobra SOLD! Thanks to Cobra Country’s global reach to Cobra buyers, it went down south to a lucky new owner in Wilmington, North Carolina. He also purchased my nice enclosed trailer so he could take it home with him. You can color me a happy camper! Many thanks! Charlie Primpas
Note: the thumbnail image above of Charlie’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his motophoto expertise!

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31 October 2019: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark my beautiful West Coast Cobra SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner who of course found it on your site! Many thanks! Darek Wajda
Note: the thumbnail image above of Darek’s West Coast Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his extraordinary motophoto prowess!

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28 October 2019: Dear Cobra Country: I sold my Indigo Blue serpent (SPO1983)! It went to a new owner and a new stable in northern California. Many thanks to your site and to your Cobra marketing expertise! Doug Harding:
Note: the thumbnail image above of Doug’s Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his beauty for yourself!

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broadside thumbnail image of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.

9 October 2019: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark my Backdraft ‘Widowmaker’ SOLD! Gone to a new owner and a new stable someplace in Indiana. Many thanks for your guidance on our photos and our description. Mark D’Andrea, New York

Note: the thumbnail image above of Mark’s Backdraft ‘Widowmaker’ Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his beauty, shot by Vintage Motorsports’ Jay Linke!

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10/16/2019: I’m happily reporting that my 1967 Indigo Blue Pearl Shell Valley Cobra and its enclosed trailer is SOLD! It’s gone to a very nice couple from Virginia; they had the trailer hooked up and the Cobra loaded up and took off a little after 5:00 pm last night. They should be pulling into the Cobra’s new home in the Shenandoah Valley area pretty soon, or they may be home already if it was a short stop last night. I want to say “Thank You” to you and your wife Judy; you folks treated me very good and I enjoyed our phone conversations. Thanks, Greg Nash.
Note: the thumbnail image above of Greg’s Shell Valley Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his extraordinary motophoto prowess!

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9/23/2019: Be advised that my Maui Blue ERA 289FIA has SOLD! Gone to the distant southwest! Many thanks for your splendid photography guidelines! Bill Cadley
Note: the thumbnail image above of Bill’s ERA 289FIA Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his extraordinary motophoto prowess!

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8/26/19: Wanted to let you know that I sold my Ruby Red Factory Five Racing Cobra. Going to a new home in upstate New York. Many thanks for the photography help. Best regards, Mike Leach
Note: the thumbnail image above of Mike’s Factory Five Racing Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his fine motophotos!

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head-on frontal thumbnail image of Indigo Blue/Titanium stripes Superformance 427SC Shelby classic Cobra for sale, SPO1538

8/23/19: You can mark my blue Superformance Cobra (SPO1538) SOLD! Gone down south to Geneva, Illinois. The deal was actually made 4 days after it appeared on Cobra Country, and the new owner picked it up today. Thanks for all of your site’s and Curt’s personal help and advice leading up to the sale. Best regards, Mike Bingen
Note: the thumbnail image above of Mike’s Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself the fine motophotos that snagged his buyer’s attention!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail-sized view (driver side) of Ford Victory Red classic Shelby 427SC Cobra by Hi-Tech Motorsports for sale

8/18/19: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark my red 1965 427S/C Hi-Tech Cobra SOLD! I had several serious inquiries within the first week; after lots of emails, questions, and information exchanged, SALE CONCLUDED!

MY Cobra is off to a great car guy and knowledgeable Cobra owner, in Texas. It will be stabled next to a stunning, handbuilt 1960s Lister reproduction.

Send my personal thanks to Curt and Judy. Curt’s expert advice on photography was absolutely dead-on. He spent extra time helping me to capture those top-notch photos to properly showcase that red beauty, and it all paid off with a great ad.

Semper Fi! Jerry Goddard, Redondo Beach, California

PS: This was my second Cobra I sold on your outstanding website. Keep up the good work!
Note: the thumbnail image above of Jerry’s Hi-Tech Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his fine motophotos!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Titanium/Onyx Black LeMans stripes Superformance 427SC Shelby Cobra for sale, SPO1797

8/18/19: Dear Cobra Country: Success! You can mark my Titanium Superformance Cobra (SPO1797) SOLD! It went to another Cobra enthusiast only 2 hours away. I had a few good qualified calls and the right person popped up and bought it sight-unseen.

That’s a testament to your photo tips and your great advice. Thanks for your help! Brad Salamone, Reading, Pennsylvania
Note: the thumbnail image above of Brad’s Superformance Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can see for yourself his fine motophotos!

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3/4-frontal view (thumbnail-sized) photo of Backdraft Racing 427SC Shelby Cobra for sale, BDR1325

8/15/19: Dear Cobra Country: You can mark that magnificent Abu Dhabi Blue Backdraft Roadster (BDR#625) SOLD! Went to a new stable and a lucky new owner way up in Denver, Colorado. Please tell Curt that, once again, his advice on taking good photos paid big dividends, and my photos and my Showcase ad looked fantastic!

Many thanks! Matthew May
Note: the thumbnail image above of Matthew’s Backdraft Racing Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can marvel over his Cobra photos!

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3/4-frontal thumbnail image of Phoenix Red E.R.A. 427SC Shelby Cobra vehicle for sale by owner

July, 2019: Dear Cobra Country: You can officially mark my red ERA Cobra “SOLD.” Thanks to your photography tips, sage advice and great website, I received 4 solid offers within 2 days of posting my car on Cobra Country. My ERA will be making a trans-Atlantic crossing, and will reside in a new motorcar stable someplace in France.

Again, my thanks—your professional mentoring of my photos and the posting narrative played a key role in its quick sale!

Ken Walsh
(near) Panama City, Florida
Note: the thumbnail image above of Ken’s Cobra is hotlinked to his Showcase page… so you can marvel over his mastery at photographing his ERA Cobra!

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**Ford v Ferrari**
[movie review posted Tuesday, 19 Nov. 2019]

Judy and I went to see the latest film take on road racing’s “Golden Years” of the mid-1960s, 20th Century Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari.” Starring Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, it’s thoroughly entertaining, with lots of action on and off the race tracks of that era. I’d rate it as about 45% documentary history and 55% Hollywood… much as one might expect. Be sure to see it in wide-screen/ high resolution and premium sound at an IMAX theater.

The film opens with Carroll winning the 1959 “24 Hours of LeMans” [along with British co-driver Roy Salvadori, altho’ Salvadori’s name isn’t mentioned]. For a short period the film advances through glimpses of the Cobras’ “Golden Years” (1962–’65) when those li’l Shelby/AC 289 Cobra roadsters and the Peter Brock–designed Daytona Coupes utterly thrashed and dominated FIA road racing against all competition. Those small-block serpents accompanied with Peter Brock’s small-block Daytona Coupes in the 1964 racing season had handily wrenched the FIA’s** WMC (World Manufacturers’ Championship) from Enzo’s team, awarded in February, 1965. [**For the inquisitive: “FIA” stands for “Federation Internationale de l’Automobile,” headquartered in Paris.]

But that’s fair. After all, the title of this flick is “Ford v Ferrari,” not “Shelby v Ferrari.” The film fast-forwards to the moment (in early 1965) when Henry Ford II offered Shelby the chance to take over FoMoCo’s troubled GT40 racing program. In 1964 and ’65 Ford’s GT40 was plagued with mechanical breakdowns, most notably transmission and brake system failures. Shelby accepted the challenge, leveraging his drivers (notably Ken Miles) and his chief engineer Phil Remington [curiously portrayed by actor Ray McKinnon, who looks much more like Law & Order’s Detective John Munch than Phil Remington] to identify and correct the problems. All that effort failed to enable Ford to win the 1965 WMC, but the Shelby/Ford collaboration had made serious progress in ironing out the GT40’s reliability wrinkles in preparation for the 1966 season.

The remainder of the film is jam-packed (in true Hollywood fashion) with white-knuckle track racing scenes and spectacular crashes of GT40s, Ferraris and Jaguars. For action buffs, there’s high-speed track action to spare. There’s even a knockdown/ drag-out fist fight between Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles… which of course never happened, but makes for a humorous sideshow. Near the end is the sensational 1-2-3 GT40 finish at (18–19 June, 1966) LeMans. That photo-finish was choreographed in the final laps by Henry Ford II, an intervention that inadvertently robbed Ken Miles of being awarded the win (instead, due to his forward starting position, he was relegated to 2nd Place). Ken—racing legend and British tank driver in WWII—was killed in a bizarre accident at Riverside 8 weeks later, on 17 August. Rommel’s Panzers couldn’t manage to kill him in 1944, but a failed $2 brake or suspension part did in 1966.

Because most of the locations of that era are much different (or non-existent) today, the producers had to search high and low to find locations that resemble those of the 1960s, or could be altered to recreate those locations. Much of the shooting was done here in southern California, at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park [about 50 miles north of where I’m writing this] and at California (Auto Club) Speedway in Fontana, east of Los Angeles. LeMans’ pits and grandstands were convincingly re-built as a set at Agua Dulce Air Park right here in Santa Clarita. Three race tracks in Georgia were chosen as almost perfect to recreate some of the riveting 24 Hours of LeMans (1966) footage. Hillbank Motor Sports in Irvine provided the lion’s share of the rolling stock [289 and 289FIA Cobras, 427 Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40s] for the flick.

Don’t miss it. It really is worth your ticket price. Lots of fast action, a dose of real history and a spectacular and very convincing performance by Christian Bale as the testy-but-talented Ken Miles.

Here’s a Tip: if you type <Ken Miles> into CobraCountry’s Sidewinder search engine, you’ll instantly get a hotlink to a Road & Track tribute article to Ken by James Crow that we posted about 15 years ago on CobraCountry titled “Ken Miles: an appreciation.” Read it and appreciate.

Addendum: on Nov. 20 Peter Brock contributed these personal recollections to this review: “Hi Curt… there was some slight support from Ford from the time Shel’ convinced Ford’s Iacocca to front him a couple of V8s and about 25 grand to build the first snakes. The good press generated by those assets and self-evident speed advantage against the ’vettes put enough money on the table to win the SCCA’s first professional series, the USRRC (United States Road Racing Championship) in 1963. Then Goodyear put up the bucks for the Daytona and we won Sebring, convincing Ford to pay for Europe in 1964. Those successes in Europe (when the GT40s were all DNFs) convinced The Deuce (i.e., Henry Ford II) to ante up some grubstake for ’65. After Ford’s complete failure at LeMans (11 of 12 Ford-powered cars blew up!), Ford gave the entire program to Shelby with more for Kar Kraft for the subsequent development of the 427 MkII and later the Mk IV. Ford’s wins began in ’66, as the flick portrays.” PB

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