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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 09:51:47 PM »
Driven both a Detomasa Pantera and a Shalby AC Cobra original 66 427 version.
Pantera was the owner of the shop I worked at as a HS kid and it lived in the shop had to pull it in and out daily and on occasion it had to “go for a drive” before going to bed in the evening.
As did or shop 327 powered 68 vette road race car.

The Cobra was in Tulsa Ok at Mid America Shelby/Mustang meet in 2011 got to know a local Tulsa gentleman who owned it since new and after a ride allowed me to wheel it.

 


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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 10:11:20 PM »
Driven both a Detomasa Pantera and a Shalby AC Cobra original 66 427 version.
Pantera was the owner of the shop I worked at as a HS kid and it lived in the shop had to pull it in and out daily and on occasion it had to “go for a drive” before going to bed in the evening.
As did or shop 327 powered 68 vette road race car.

The Cobra was in Tulsa Ok at Mid America Shelby/Mustang meet in 2011 got to know a local Tulsa gentleman who owned it since new and after a ride allowed me to wheel it.

 


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I would sell my wife into slavery for a ride in an original AC Cobra 427!  :rocknroll2:
(not really, but I'd love to just ride in an original Cobra.)
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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 07:08:07 AM »
Driven both a Detomasa Pantera and a Shalby AC Cobra original 66 427 version.
Pantera was the owner of the shop I worked at as a HS kid and it lived in the shop had to pull it in and out daily and on occasion it had to “go for a drive” before going to bed in the evening.
As did or shop 327 powered 68 vette road race car.

The Cobra was in Tulsa Ok at Mid America Shelby/Mustang meet in 2011 got to know a local Tulsa gentleman who owned it since new and after a ride allowed me to wheel it.

 


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I would sell my wife into slavery for a ride in an original AC Cobra 427!  :rocknroll2:
(not really, but I'd love to just ride in an original Cobra.)
Well if you ever meet anyone with one Ive found a simple “can I get a ride” works alot of times.

Especially at car gatherings.




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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 08:03:08 AM »

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Well if you ever meet anyone with one Ive found a simple “can I get a ride” works alot of times.

Especially at car gatherings.


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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2019, 09:02:00 AM »
Driven both a Detomasa Pantera and a Shalby AC Cobra original 66 427 version.
Pantera was the owner of the shop I worked at as a HS kid and it lived in the shop had to pull it in and out daily and on occasion it had to “go for a drive” before going to bed in the evening.
As did or shop 327 powered 68 vette road race car.

The Cobra was in Tulsa Ok at Mid America Shelby/Mustang meet in 2011 got to know a local Tulsa gentleman who owned it since new and after a ride allowed me to wheel it.

 


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I would sell my wife into slavery for a ride in an original AC Cobra 427!  :rocknroll2:
(not really, but I'd love to just ride in an original Cobra.)
Well if you ever meet anyone with one Ive found a simple “can I get a ride” works alot of times.

Especially at car gatherings.




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I have tried that before with other cars, and yes, it does work. Most of the people with really cool cars, usually are more than happy to give someone a ride and to show off and talk about their pride and joy. Problem is, I have never ran across anyone with a real AC Cobra 427. There weren't a lot made back in the mid 1960's to begin with, and the ones that still survive, are commanding really high prices when they do go up for sale now. I was just reading an article about a car collector that passed away, and his family was liquidating his collection at the next Mecum Auction. He had four of the AC Cobra's in his vast collection of cars, and one of them was a Cobra 427. Reserved bid was at $5 million!
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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2019, 09:50:52 AM »
I'm lucky that I get to restore a lot of really neat automobiles for people that have rare and expensive taste. In general,I hate most European cars. Most must be built by dwarf's,and are very painful for a 6'3" man to work on/in.
Recently,we have done complete paint jobs on a 66 MGB,a 72 Triumph TR6,a 63 Split Window Corvette,a 66 Chevelle SS 396,and a 66 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT (Only the 2nd one of these cars that I've ever seen). These all belong to one of our customers,he brought all of them to us after we repaired and painted both of his and his wife's Rolls Royce Ghost's.

The crown jewel so far at the shop has been the ground up restoration of Sam Pack's 1966 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake. Sam bought it in 2004 to add to his enormous collection of around 500 cars. My best friend / boss worked for Sam at one of his dealership's right out of high school before opening his shop in 1991,and we get to do a lot of restorations on cars in Mr.Pack's collection because of the high standard of workmanship we deliver.
Here's a link telling about this car,it is pretty neat,and a piece of automotive history.

http://www.packautomotivemuseum.com/c155.html

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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2019, 10:21:39 AM »
Hillbilly that is just too cool!  :th_thicon_idea:

That Cobra is truly a rare one indeed. If someone put it up for sale, they could probably ask whatever they wanted and probably get it for that Cobra.
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Re: European Cars, With American Engines!
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2019, 03:28:04 PM »
Couple of weeks ago, on another thread we were talking about the Shelby AC Cobra, and I mentioned the Factory Five Race Cars, and I sent off for some information about them. The sent me some literature a few days ago, and I was very impressed with the quality of their design and construction.

Just putting pen to paper and doing some rough estimations, I could theoretically build a Cobra for less than $40K.

I know it's essentially a "kit car" but, with the few remaining real Shelby's going for over a million in price, it's the only possible way an average car enthusiast can afford a Cobra.
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