There have been many reimagining and replicas of the iconic Shelby Cobra but few have managed to fuse classic build methods with modern touches quite like the latest build from Californian classic car specialists Superformance.
The 1965 Superformance MKIII-R, like andy good reproduction, was built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing, with over two-thirds of the steel monocoque chassis’ parts being interchangeable with an original GT40 car.
Said chassis is created using a jig-welded parallel ladder frame of heavy wall rectangular steel tubing and large diameter outriggers. The frame incorporates front and rear crumple zones, as well as a door hinge, steering column and windshield pickup-points.
From here, Superformance added its own take on the exterior body work, using hand-laid fibreglass panels to create its distinct shape. The sides are festooned with fins that channel air around the body, while the rear features a full width diffuser to further aid downforce.
Classic meets modern again underneath the bonnet, where a high-performance aluminium radiator uses twin electric fans that are thermostatically controlled. The suspension system is cutting-edge, using a kit of fabricated parts and Bilstein coils over telescopic shock absorbers to ensure the ride is as smooth as the bodywork.
Customers get a choice of powerpant, as every Superformance chassis boasts instillation kits for Ford 302, 351, 460 and 427/428 cubic inch engines with Tremec 5-speed or Ford top loader 4-speed transmissions. A far cry from the small capacity units found in British classics.
“The Superformance MKIII-R is the perfect combination of an old-school classic automobile infused with a bit of modern-day flair,” said Superformance CEO Lance Stander. “The MKIII-R is a piece of American history and we took great care to ensure it lives up to the Cobra’s iconic legacy.”
The company claims that customers can specify pretty much whatever finish they’d like to their projects, with the rolling chassis starting at $79,900. Standard equipment included in the MKIII-R includes power steering, LED headlights, 18’’ wheels and a wide variety of exterior and interior colour options, although this particular show car packs French stitched seats and a body colour accented thread.
The car’s transmission tunnel is also adorned with leather to complete the classic look, although the dashboard is equipped with all-new Superformance electronic gauges.