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    Default Aluminum body Cobra kit car.

    Somewhere in the past I saw a thread about Cobra Kit Cars that had all aluminum bodies like the originals. I have tried several searches and can't find it. Is this company still in business and is it the best kit (cost be damned) or is fiberglass better? Does anybody sell complete 427 aluminum body cobras today or would I have to have one built. Does anybody here own one and what do you think? Don't want to rehash old stuff so if this is in an old thread just let me know how to find it. Thanks.

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    Shelby American builds aluminum as well as fiberglass Cobras, both 427 style and the FIA 289. Finishline is their largest dealer, I believe. I have several freinds with them and they all say the same thing, they are great cars, but a bitch to build.

    http://www.finishlinecobraslv.com/

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    Default Aluminum Cobra replicas

    The Kirkham brothers in Provo, Utah, are building aluminum-bodied Cobra replicas. The bodies are made in Poland by guys who used to make airplanes in aluminum. The Kirkhams supply a lot of the alloy bodies for the current Shelby products. Both the Shelby car and the Kirkham car have started to deviate slightly (mostly in details of suspension and brakes, e.g.) from the originals built in the sixties.

    They are generally considered to be at the top of the food chain for Cobra replicas, with the Shelby models commanding a premium for their CSX number.

    For myself, I considered fiberglass to be much more practical than aluminum, and I wanted the FIA body style with the better coil-spring suspension (Kirkham now offers this option, they call it their "hybrid" model), so I went with an ERA.

    There is an authorized Shelby dealer here in the Detroit area who can build a Shelby car for you, as period-correct as you'd like. He builds only alloy cars, and has restored a number of original Cobras, and built several Shelby and Kirkham cars. Send me a PM if you'd like any more information.

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    I have a Kirkham, all aluminum, with a Shelby Aluminum 427 block, stroked, displacement is 482 inches. I love it and it is fierce beyond description.

    I had it at an open track day at Larry Miller Motorsports park in Utah this past weekend, and I'm still smiling.

    I'm here in Arizona and if you would like to see it sometime, let me know. Bring you earplugs

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    Shelby American and Kirkham build and sell aluminum cars. Shelby, ERA and Superformance are among the best of scores of companies that make fiberglass cars. The Shelby CSX aluminum cars are the most expensive new or used. There's a wide spectrum of finish quality for the Shelby cars so you need to find a builder with a good reputation if you want a new car. There are also used Shelby's available from time to time that are sometimes better than new, because many of the aluminum cars are purchased for investment. I purchased 2 when the Shelby CSX cars were my passion before the GT. Go to clubcobra.com and cobracountry.com for a wealth of information and listings of cars for sale.
    Nothing automotive compares to the rush of being in a 427 Cobra at idle, 6000+ rpm or anything in between.
    Last edited by Kirby Vieira; 09-06-2006 at 11:10 PM.

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    OK, let me throw in a plug for you to consider: Superformance MKIII (Cobra). They come into the states complete, and I do mean complete. They have glass bodies. All you have to add is the engine and transmission. And these can be added by many installers in about two days. Dyanamic Motorsports in Ross, Ohio is one of seven or eight dealers that sell them. They have an engine builder and installer about fifty feet from their establishement, Performance Engineering. The car, with all options is about 43k, the engine, tranny, and install about 20k. They are known for high quality and consistent builds. They have built and sold about 2,500 Cobra cars over the last ten years. Panel fit is better than my GT. I personally have seen the Kirkham cars and they are beautiful. So are the ERA cars. But the SPF cars are built in a factory and have a consistant build quality to them. With time, money, and the right builder, of course one can achieve the same results with the others.

    Final suggestion, find an example of the CSX car, the ERA car, and the SPF. Drive them. Then decide. If you want linage to Shelby, you must buy a CSX car from him (which will probably be built by the SPF factory). Well, you get the picture. Drive, then decide. I am not a salesman for them, believe it or not, but I did the above, and I own an SPF. Anyway, here is their link: http://www.superformance.com/

    Hi-Tech is a 500 employee manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa owned by Jimmy Price. This company's SPF cars are licensed and endorsed by Carroll Shelby since February of 2005 (after a lawsuit out of court settlement between the two companies). Jimmy Price now produces Shelby's continuation glass CSX 4000 series cars (though not exclusively, yet...).

    An additional note, Jimmy Price and Peter Brock worked in collaboration to produce the second iteration of the Shelby Daytona Coupe (100k), also available from SPF dealers. They also make and sell a fine GT40 for about 120k.

    Roger, SPF 2080
    Last edited by Roger Vincent; 09-06-2006 at 11:52 PM.

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    Chip,

    Are you going to finish the car yourself? If you want the driveline completed for you, you may also talk to the builder. He should have a lot of experience and a good reputation. I can make a recommendation on this.

    On the aluminum, if that is what you really want, then nothing else will do. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with fiberglass. There are several good cars out there. You just need to decide what you want.
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    I have been a Shelby enthusiast for over 35 years of my life and have been around all those other Cobras brands during my many phases. I now have a large collection of the Shelby cars including a CSX4000 aluminum Cobra a AC Autokraft MKIV 427 Cobra and vintage CSX3000 Cobra . I show, restore and vintage race my cars
    I am a Shelby American Automobile Club Regional rep and concours judge for the club. Those credentials should certify me as Shelby car crazy.
    You said before that the money didn't matter if that is true then I can tell you from a experienced background that with out a doubt a quality built new series CSX 4000 MKIII Cobra in aluminum is the only thing that will satisfy you .The other cars are great but each in some way isn't quite the same all things being equal. If money is a issue then the other cars that have already been mentioned are excellent alternatives. I hope this helps. Bob Gaines
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    Gentlemen,

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