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The First Cobra – A Tribute to Cobra #1 - CSX2000


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#1 Phildaupho

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:27 PM

In January 1962 Carroll Shelby first drove the car that would become the first Cobra and the prototype for all the leaf-spring Cobras to follow. This car was essentially the latest version of the AC Ace in which a recently released Ford 221 cubic inch V-8 was installed. After some requested changes were made, the first Cobra was shipped minus engine to Dean Moon's shop in California where a Hi-Po 260 V-8 was installed. Next Dean Jeffries sprayed the car Pearl Yellow the first Cobra's introduction to the public at the New York Auto Show and on the cover of the September 1962 issue of Road & Track magazine. Dean Jeffries subsequently re-painted the car in as many as five different colors to make it seem like more Cobras existed before an inventory of cars were available. For painting the first Cobra, Dean Jeffries received a full race Cobra 289 that he used in his Mantaray. The final paint job was blue which the car still wears today because the fist Cobra was never sold always being one of Carroll Shelby's personal Cobras.


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Changes made to the AMT model, which is a tribute rather than an exact replica
- Lengthened trunk [trunks were shortened on subsequent Cobras so extra re-enforcing could be added]
- Removed bumper tubing
- Repositioned fuel filler
- Reconfigured dash gauges to stock AC locations
- Moved rear disc brakes inboard [brakes on later Cobras were outboard which allowed a stronger chassis]
- Smooth valve covers, air cleaner, exhaust manifolds adapted from the AMT 66 Mustang and fan installed on engine
- Knocks off from the Monogram 427 Cobra SC. Wheel hubs shortened to get correct track. Parts box tires
- Made decals of original Cobra emblems.
- Remover front inner fender liners from chassis to paint separately [Further to the discussion of relative merits of 427 Cobra kits -Inner front fender liners are something missing from Revell 427 Cobra which Fujimi kit had.]
Paint – The only Yellow Pearl I had was Testor's Boyd's Alumina Yellow
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More photos at http://public.fotki....obra-1-csx2000/

Edited by Phildaupho, 16 October 2012 - 07:08 PM.


#2 cobraman

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:46 PM

Oh boy another Cobra !! I can't see too many of them. Very nice. Shelby painted that first car many times. As I understand it it was repainted before every show so that it would be thought that there was many cars and not just this one.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:29 AM

Very, very well done! Super congrats. I loved it!
I think this beaty deserves a better spoked wheel set instead of the original ones provided by AMT. But this not affect your model at all!

Edited by Drago, 17 October 2012 - 03:33 AM.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:01 AM

I thought the same when I built mine. I tried to do mine as it is today.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:09 AM

WIRE WHEELS for Cobra #1 - When the car was first shown and appeared on the cover of Road & Track it had chrome wire wheels which were later replaced with painted wire wheels. Subsequent leaf-spring Cobras were equiped with wider/deeper wire-wheels. A better set of wire-wheels would have been nice to have for the model but all the wheels I had access to are wider. All things considered I am fairly satisfied with the kit wheels. I also did another set up with dull coat.
Below are a few photos of Cobra #1 from promotional literature, the Road & Track cover and a close up of an early Cobra wheel.
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Edited by Phildaupho, 18 October 2012 - 05:25 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:02 AM

Great tribute!

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:17 AM

Awsume...

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:02 AM

Sorry, I meant "better wire wheels" instead "spoke wheels". My mistake (I´m from Brazil so, sometimes I'm fooled by translating problems)

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:37 AM

Great job!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:27 AM

Like it, like it, like it, including the history lesson. Very nice work.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:21 AM

Great build with a cool history to the car.