I GET TO GO ON MEDICARE NEXT YEAR SO BY GOLLY I AM OLD ENOUGH TO BE CRANKY, CROTCHETY, AND DOWN RIGHT OUTSPOKEN ….SOME WOULD SAY RUDE……. SO I AM GOING TO TELL YOU JUST LIKE I SEE IT… COBRA KIT CARS SUCK..!!!! OLD JAGUAR KIT CARS SUCK..!!!!! FACTORY FIVE KIT CARS SUCK, IN FACT I MAY AS WELL THROW THEM ALL IN THE SAME PILE THEY ALL SUCK..!!!!
NOW TO TEMPER MY RESPONSE THERE ARE SOME FOLKS OUT THERE THAT CAN TAKE A CRAPPY KIT AND BUILD A DECENT VEHICLE. WITH PLENTY OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF FOCUS SOME PEOPLE CAN TURN A CRAPPY KIT INTO A NICE CAR……. THAT BEING SAID IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN ….. THE “KIT” IS ASSEMBLED IN SOMEBODY'S GARAGE OR WORSE YET , BACKYARD AND THERE IS NO CONSISTENCY TO THE BUILD BECAUSE WHAT IS PASSABLE FOR A BACKYARD BUILD IS NOT PASSABLE FOR A REAL CAR……. IT BECOMES PASSABLE FOR A “KIT” …..
ON THE OTHER END OF THIS SPECTRUM LIES THE FACTORY BUILT LICENSED “REPLICA “ OR THE “CONTINUATION CAR” AS WE WILL CALL IT…. THESE CARS ARE BUILT WITH THE SAME FRAME JIGS AS THE ORIGINAL, MAINTAIN THE SAME PRECISION BUILT SUSPENSIONS AS THE ORIGINALS AND ARE FULLY LICENSED BY THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER OR OWNER OF THE LICENSE……. IN THIS CASE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NONE OTHER THAN FORD AND CARROLL SHELBY……. ONE COMPANY TRULY STANDS OUT WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT “CONTINUATION CARS “ AND THAT IS “SUPERFORMANCE” BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND REPRESENTED AROUND THE WORLD BY REPUTABLE DEALERS THAT ONLY WANT TO DEAL WITH THE REAL THING…….. HERE IS A QUOTE FROM THE GREAT ONE HIMSELF CARROLL SHELBY;
“ Superformance Chassis' are the only Cobra replica's on the market that are Shelby Licensed products. According to shelby "Fact is, soon as it's less than a real Cobra, not built by me, it's counterfeit. There is an exception when it comes to Jimmy Price and Lance Stander. Superformance International makes replica Cobra in South Africa and calls the two-seat roadster they build the MKIII. It's still not a true Shelby, but I've endorsed and licensed the car for being as close to correct and well-built as possible. I can't say the same for others."
-Octane Reference, October 2008
THE MK III IS THE EPITOME OF THE ORIGINAL COBRA AND WILL GIVE YOU ALL OF THE PERFORMANCE AND THE FULL ON ADRENALINE INJECTIONS YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM A MILLION DOLLAR CAR ….EXCEPT THE ONE THAT YOU GET WHEN YOU HIT A CURB IN THAT MILLION DOLLAR COBRA…. ….. UGHHHHH THAT HURTS ….. THIS CAR IS REAL ….IT CAN BE DRIVEN AND DRIVEN HARD … THIS CAR MAY ACTUALLY DRIVE BETTER THAN THE MILLION DOLLAR COBRA……. THIS CAR HAS ALSO PROVEN TO BE A MORE THAN REASONABLE INVESTMENT CAR…………..