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#21 deja-view

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:01 PM

Cobraman;

Just a tidbit for you to get "green" over....my senior year of high school (1965-66) my wife's best friend's father bought a 427 Cobra. I'm not sure if it came stock with the 2-4bbls, but that's what it had when I saw it the first time. Evie Moffat was her name, come to think of it. We lived in a very small Northern California town (Loomis) where every kid was high on muscle cars and hot rods instead of drugs back then. Our town only had two small, old gas stations, and several of my buddies worked at "George's Union" on the "main drag", which was actually old Highway 40 going from Sacramento to Reno.

Evie's dad brought the Cobra over one day for all of us to see (and hear). None of us were experienced enough to get behind the wheel, but he let George take it for a blast up the street. In those days no one had 10" wide tires on any hot rod or anything else. They looked enormous...especially on such a small car. Now, a number of the guys had big HP cars like Max Wedges, 409's, and other major muscle. But all of them were 3500-4000 lb heavy metal and pretty much straight line slugs. Not many Corvettes or anything like that because they were too expensive. But all in all, it was a more-than-typical race (drag) car paradise.

So, George climbs into the driver seat, and Evie's dad next to him. George gets out on the "highway' with our Constable, old Percy, keeping an eye on things. The road was clear so George blasts off heading North toward the old grammar school. He was gone so fast we stood there with our mouths open. None of us had seen that kind of acceleration off the Sacramento Drag Strip. None of us had seen it up close. George and "dad" came back for another run, this time with "dad" in the driver seat. Percy turned on his cop lights to keep any school kids or moms off the road. This time we went up to the "Frosty" to see the car go by (about 200 yards). Yeah, right!

"Dad" gives the big 427 a few revs, runs it up to (I'm guessing) about 3000 rpms, and drops the clutch. The wheels barely spun (unlike our rubber-melting antics when we raced or "exhibited speed", these babies grabbed tight and quick. Quick isn't even the right word. It was past us so fast we really didn't get much of a look except a blurr. The real thing I remember was George in the passenger seat with his mouth wide open and his eyes open even bigger (George was Japanese, so that was hard to do but fun to see). That Cobra was an absolute rocket ship!

I don't know how fast it was 0-60. Probably not measurable with our stop watches. I don't know what it's quarter mile time might have been, but it was one helluva lot faster than anything on any street ... ANYWHERE. I've never seen any car so quick, and I drove a modified ZR-1 for about 10 years with even (slightly) larger rear tires. I never forgot that sight over 45 years ago. "Dad" didn't leave the car stock; had it custom painted...42 coats of a purplish hand-rubbed laquer that was dazzling. He was taking it to the Sacramento Autorama when one of the fuel lines came loose and spewed 100+ all over the front fenders and cowl (not to mention the engine compartment). I was heading of to college at the time, and the last I heard Evie's dad was so sickened by the incident he sold the beast. I'm sure to this day he kicks himself at the thought of letting a $million car go to someone else. But if there was a "once-in-a-lifetime" ride to have and have fun with, this was the one.

That picture sticks in my mind today: the blur of the Cobra, George's open mouth, and all of us gaping as they flew by. George's Union station is long gone, and George passed away a number of years back. ButI'll take that secen with me to my grave...and I'll bet the rest of the "kids" will too.

Anyway, that's my "hands on" realtime Cobra story from seeing the original thing in action and treated like the brute it was rather than a museum piece.

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Edited by deja-view, 18 October 2012 - 09:10 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:49 AM

Awesome story, thanks for sharing! I'm guessing there are many, many similar stories where people sold their Cobras for $2-4k and are kicking themselves to this day.

For those interested, Exoto's having another sale - one of the Daytona coupes, one of the GT40 Mk IVs (which I recently bought and was amazed - the paint's gorgeous, detail fantastic, and flawless fit and finish), and three of the racing Cobras:

Daytona: http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1266

GT40: http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1319

Cobras: http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1901
http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1902
http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1903
http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1913

You'd really like the GMP 1/12 #98. Pricey, but nice detail and great finish.

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Looks like Exoto's coming out with a 1:18 version at some point - another one for the collection!

http://www.exoto.com...&ProductId=1893

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:01 AM

Good story Ken. Thanks for posting. I hope to have one ( not a real one ) someday. I came close to one about 7 years ago. There was a place in California not far from where I lived at the time called Dayons House of Cobra's. My wife and I went there and they had about a dozen or so finished and ready to go. I drooled over them awhile and then started asking questions and prices. I sat in a few ( not an easy car to get in and out of if your a big (fat) guy. I spied a nice looking red one in the corner. It was red without the stripes and had the chrome roll bar and side pipes and the bumper jacks. It was powered by a 351 and had an automatic. The automatic appealed to me because the foot box is so narrow. Shelby too I understand did build a few automatic cars. They were asking 25,000 for it and I thought that was fair. I looked into and was approved for a second on my house and thought I would go for it. Before getting the loan I backed out. I decided it was not the right time. My daughter was still in college and thinking of going to law school which she did and still is. I don't have to tell anyone with childeren how expensive 7 years of college can be. She is in her last year of law school now and I retire about the same time she will be finishing school. I plan to get some type of "play" car but what it will be I don't know.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:58 AM

Nice cars! Anyone have some online reference pics for the chassis and suspension?