2001 Superformance MK III Cobra Replica SOLD

SB 100 Approved/Smog Exempt in California. Well Sorted, Enjoyable Example

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Superformance`s 700 series Cobra replicas have established them as a builder of high quality replicas that feature a number of thoughtful updates to make the car much more usable than the first Cobras. From the aluminum radiator to the full fresh air ventilation system to the subtly repositioned door hinges to allow for more space for the driver�s shin, Superformance`s replicas are superbly made and carefully thought out. With a 5-speed transmission, four wheel independent suspension and high quality fiberglass body, they also competent high performance machines that also maintain the spirit of the original Cobra. At the same time, they maintain a high level of authenticity in terms of the aesthetic experience, right down to the counterclockwise Smiths speedometer and riveted hood scoop.

This particular car was ordered at the end of 2000 and completed during 2001. It is a factory built car featuring a number of options and has had two San Francisco Bay Area owners from new. Also extremely noteworthy is that this car has had its SB100 approval completed, which allows it to be registered in California while remaining smog exempt. This is a several month process that requires several thousand dollars, so this is very attractive to potential California buyers.

The car is fitted with a 351 cid Windsor V8 and Tremec 5-speed gearbox, as well as a few options from the catalog including glove box, sun visors, leather steering wheel, jet hot coating on exhaust pipes, stainless steel heat shield for exhaust pipes, very rare dual roll hoops, and fire extinguisher. The car has also been fitted with a Clarion CD player but the speakers appear to be beyond their best.

The car comes with all paperwork including the original invoice, purchase agreement, original manual and a tremendous amount of documentation from the build of the car. There are also service records for maintenance since the car�s build. This maintenance has included a new clutch less than 2,000 miles ago and a new Holley carburetor, as well as regular upkeep etc.

Having covered just over 10,000 miles from new, this car is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. The paint is extremely high quality and reflects Superformance`s excellent craftsmanship. There are very few flaws to speak of, with only very light chipping from road use and no signs of damage or repair. The glass, lights, and lenses are all excellent and the wheels are almost unmarked Halibrand replicas with three-eared knock-offs. The car is fitted with new Goodyear tires with smart looking and correct white writing. Another neat detail is the removable Velcro affixed bug screen over the radiator to facilitate cleaning.

The interior is in similarly nice condition. The seats are upholstered in high quality black leather with vinyl dashboard and door panels. There is one flaw noticeable near the top of the driver`s seatback but the remainder of the interior is free from significant wear or damage. A leather-rimmed Moto Lita steering wheel is fitted along with lovely cast AC pedals. Some oddments trays have been added for convenience, along with a tasteful brushed aluminum bracket in which a Clarion Radio/CD player has been installed. The interior also features 4-point racing belts.

The engine compartment is very tidy and professionally built up. There are custom valve covers and air cleaner cover, and no signs of leakage of any kind. The motor is placed well behind the front axle and as a small block unit, weighs considerably less than a big block, which improves handling.

The trunk is fully finished with black carpeting and there is also a full tonneau cover.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire one of the best quality replicas of one of motoring`s true legends. The subtle modernizations make the car truly usable in today`s world, yet at the same, the car preserves the raw and visceral driving experience that immortalized the AC Cobra. Indeed, one only needs to listen to the glorious noise of the V8 from the side pipes to remember what this car is all about. This particular example, with its desirable options, attractive color, and excellent mechanical state is ideal for someone who has always admired the Cobra but actually wants to enjoy the car and still maintain some peace of mind.

Reference Number 9806

as of 5/22/2007

Overview
Car 2001 Superformance MK III Cobra Replica
VIN Ki399AM1925 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Black 
Mileage 10,279 miles 
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