Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No Caboodle: Superformance 1967 Cobra Kit

Why pay retail?  Cut out the middleman and pay pennies on the dollar! Seems like everyone is on the lookout for a deal in this new normal of 2% growth.  So, why would you pay millions for a Cobra when you can build one yourself for peanuts? Of course, some adult assembly is required, but what could possibly go wrong?  Find this Superformance 1967 Cobra Kit for sale somewhere in Oregon for $5,000 via craigslist.

The ad says that after the seller has done some research, he believes the kit car is a Superformance Cobra.  Superformance is a South African company that makes Cobra turn-key rolling chassis that you supply your favorite engine to complete your car.  The Superformance MkIII Cobra is the only replica Cobra built under license by the Carroll Shelby organization.   This "car" seems a little less than a rolling chassis, so perhaps Pierre Salinger helped the seller with his internet research, along with his body guy.

The car's frame has a Jaguar independent rear end and a Mustang front.  From the picture, it looks like a few things might be missing (ya think?).  Looking at Superformance's web site the front and rear suspensions of their cars appear to be bespoke and not off a donor as mentioned in the ad.  Even from my 5 minutes of internet searching, I can see the rear of a Superformance Cobra doesn't run inboard rear brakes like this thing.

I will grant that Superformance cars are made of the fiber of glass, but according to their spec sheet, they come with a "show quality two stage" paint job.  Somehow this one escaped the Cape without it's paint.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He's often thought it would be fun to build a kit car, but something more like a 7 or 11.


  1. That first picture makes it look like it's a 3/2 scale replica, or possibly a 1/2 scale driver.

    1. a 3:2 scale replica! - ha! - why does that strike me as so funny?

  2. There's more mystery to which Cobra kit this one is, than what you'll be eating when you buy Krablegs at your local grocery store. How would you ever know where it came from, unless you were as fortunate, as this seller is, to know a 'body guy', who not only could tell at a glance that its from the best one out there, but can also vouch for this one not being crap! Besides, how much could all the bits and pieces you'll need cost anyway?

    This might be a good time to ask for comments naming all of the Cobra Kit manufacturers.

  3. Just needs finishing like the vatican is just a building

    I don't like that the body does not have a gelcoat on it. I did mold fabrication for years and a gel top coat is what hides the fiber weave and allows the body to be blocked sanded before the primer.
    This looks like way too much work.


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