Cobra replicas are perhaps the most performance per dollar you can get anywhere, and this nicely built roadster has a sinister look and serious blasting powder under the hood, just as you'd expect. Built only 812 miles ago, it's barely broken-in, beautifully finished and ready to enjoy, all at a bargain price. This particular hell-raiser is titled as a 2017, but built with mid-'60s pedigree in mind, and is the most fun you'll ever have on four wheels.
The Street Beast kit takes a few liberties with the original Cobra's specs, all in the name of comfort. With a few more inches in the wheelbase, along with extra inches in width, and doors that are longer than the stocker, it's far, far easier to get comfortable inside, and anyone up to 6-feet tall should fit just fine. But the changes are not immediately apparent unless there's a stock Cobra nearby, and honestly, at this point does it even matter? The slick black paint isn't in-your-face like most Cobras and they skipped the bright stripes to make it look a bit more sinister, opting for blue ghost stripes with a little added metallic flake for some nice sparkle under the sun. Finish quality is very good and you can see the extra time that went into prepping the surface for that shiny black paint. It's got less than 1k miles on the build and it shows that someone took care of this roadster and treated it like something special since the day it was built.
It's traditional inside, too, just the way we like it. Low-back buckets covered in black vinyl look authentic but offer more bolstering for comfort and support, and matching stitched door panels and plush black carpets finish the comfortable look. A three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel sits atop a tilt wheel to provide more room for the driver and feels a little fatter than a stocker, while the simple dash offers a full array of white-faced Revolution Gauges that provide the driver with all the vital information needed from the engine. All the switchgear is easy to find and use, a lockable glovebox is between the seats, and there's a polished shifter and knob for the Tremec T5 5-speed gearbox below. There's no radio, which is kind of par-for-the-course in a Cobra, mostly because the side pipes are really all the aural entertainment you need. The trunk also includes a full carpet set and a rear-mounted battery for improved weight distribution.
Horsepower is a non-issue thanks to a built, Blueprint 306 V8 crate motor (a punched out 302) that's rated at 390HP with 370 lb.-ft. of torque. In a lightweight Cobra, performance is impressive and the sound is even better. Dressed up with some Cobra details like the big finned air cleaner and matching valve covers, the engine bay is purposeful and functional, with good service access, and you can tell they focused on getting the important stuff right. The engine breathes easily thanks to an aluminum intake and Holley 4-barrel carburetor and springs to life with an MSD ignition system and serpentine belt system. Ceramic-coated headers manage the exhaust with its awesome soundtrack and a big aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeps the whole show cool. A Corvair-style front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering make it corner like it's on rails, while a robust Currie 9-inch rear axle filled with 3.89 Posi-traction gears hangs on Mustang-style trailing arms in back, and there are adjustable QA1 coilovers at each corner. Thanks to the 5-speed, the 3.89 gears out back offer explosive acceleration, Cobra style. There's a disc brake at all four corners and the wheels are Halibrand-style units that look right on a vintage snake. The tires are right-sized 205/60/15 Goodyears up front and fat 255/50/15 Mickey Thompsons in the rear, so there's enough rubber to chew up asphalt for a long time.
There are a lot of Cobra replicas out there, but not many combine this much quality and high-end hardware with such an affordable price tag. Call today!
This car is titled here in Texas as a 2017 ASVE with the Remarks: Actual Mileage, Replica 1966 Shel.