Contemporary Classic 427
1991 Cobra Contemporary Classic 427
1991 Cobra Contemporary Classic
For the power and style enthusiast, everyone knows that having both in an original is way out of most people's reach. In particular, those all originals can be finicky and require lots of garaging, trailering, and little driving, unless you are pulling your personal wrencher in a motorhome with that classic!
As the saying goes there is more than one way to skin a cat, or you can have your cake and eat it too! The solution lies in this classic reproduction from Contemporary Classic Motorcar Co. This car was originally built as an open checkbook example by Publisher Malcolm Forbes for his daughter-in-law Sabina, wife of son Steve in 1991. Now up for consignment where you can get in, turn the key, drive, or race, or show, or just park it in your driveway and watch the neighbors grow green with envy.
Starting out with a round tube ladder chassis very similar to Shelby's originals, hand laid fiberglass body panels with steel tube reinforcements in all openings and stress points. The body was then bonded to the chassis and is non-stressed. Next a premium base coat of beautiful navy blue was put overtop of the fiberglass panels, then clear coated. It is now the deep end of the pool when you gaze at it. This version has attached vertical push bumpers in front, with a surrounding grille oval tubular bar in between. The rear has a protective bar protecting the bulbous and rounded rear. Big side pipes all chromed and polished to perfection hang off the rockers. A chromed single driver's roll bar is welded to the frame, and a thin curved windshield has a nice chromed surround. All details like the vented front quarters, clamshell latching gas filler cap, hood scoop, and small rounded chromed side view mirrors on either side emulate the original. Polished lip Halibrand pin drive replica knockoffs which are 17x8 in front and 17x10 on back have brand new Cooper Cobra rubber wrapping them on all 4 corners.
Slipping inside we are greeted with supple black leather covered bomber style buckets. An angular V shaped center “hump” races forward between these seats, and houses the forward bent gear shift lever, not unlike the originals. Up front a MotoLita hardwood trimmed steering wheel with a central horn button fronts an original looking dash complete with Smiths instruments and Lucas black faced gauges. Plenty of additional toggles are also courtesy Lucas. All this menagerie floats in a sea of black Wilton carpeting, which is showing some fading on the center console panels that face the sun. Looking all buttoned up for this repli-car.
Under the hood are many highlights starting with the heartbeat of the car in the form of a 427ci V8 side oiler. No casting number is present to date this power plant but based on visual cues there is a very good probability it is indeed a side oiler. Casting numbers on the heads (C6AE-F) coincides with a 1966 428ci V8. These are topped with ribbed aluminum valve covers. Topping and feeding the mill fossils and air is a 4-barrel Holley carburetor with a Holley Street Dominator intake manifold. A 4-speed manual Toploader transmission is on back pushing power to a Jaguar/ZF limited slip IRS differential with a final drive ratio of 3.50:1
Similar to Shelby originals, a round-tube chassis and suspension is on with torsion bars upfront, and the Jaguar IRS limited slip quad coil over suspension on back. Disc brakes are on all 4 corners featuring Alocon 4 piston caliper brakes in front, and Jag Girling brakes on back. Certainly, no rust, and just some patina from road dirt and light usage. All stainless steel braided lines are present, as well as a Lakewood scatter shield safety steel bell housing, rack and pinion steering and of course the massive side pipes which are looking good from underneath as well!
A turn of the key and it jumps to life immediately. Out on the test track we could feel the consigner stated 600hp propelling us forward and pushing our back deep into the bomber buckets. Handling is like it's on rails, and once you get her going it is not unlike a runaway freight train. Careful of those side pipes when exiting, and I can note the rear brake lights and turn signals have gone dark.
A no expenses barred replication of the original, right down to the 427ci side oiler V8, forward facing shift lever, and many other details that you can feast your eyes on when you make your trip to the mall where there are many ooooh-ers and ahhh-ers!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.