The sun is shining and the weather is finally warming up. In fact, if the weekend gets as high as the weather forecasters predict over the weekend, you are tempted to get your AC Cobra replica out of storage. You have so much invested in that Cobra kit car that you keep it in storage all winter long. And you know from experience that the first warm weather prediction is not always a thing to be trusted. Your plan is to wait until Saturday morning and see what it is like be morning. With any luck, you and that AC Cobra replica will be out for at least one morning and one afternoon road trip. The plan is to pick a route that is free from the enormous pot holes in town and enjoy the weather.
Finding the right kind of sports car is a chance to make sure that you enjoy your time when you are out on the road. And while some people are willing to find a car off the lot in town, others make the decision to order a specially made replica kit car for themselves. With a chance to make sure that you have the car and the color that you want, a kit car also allows you to drive a fast car that far out performs the local offerings.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the Cobra kit car and the reason that so many find it the kind of car that they want:
- Cobras are known for weighing much less, especially when compared to some racing cars or roadsters that can weigh as much as 3,400 pounds.
- Although they weighed almost 500 pounds less than Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby’s original AC Cobras were designed to be Corvette-Beaters.
- On a British motorway in 1964, an AC Cobra Coupe famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h).
- With its weight down to 2,360 pounds compared to 2,620 pounds and power was up to 370 hp at 5,750 rpm, the Lightweight version of the Cobra debuted at the 1990 Geneva Salon.
- Although it was a low estimate to appease insurance companies, the manufacturer’s advertised the horsepower of the Shelby Mustang GT 500 as 335. The actual horsepower was close to 400.