Factory Five Cobras not only capture the look of the world’s favorite Anglo-American hybrid, but they were clever enough to build a car that takes advantage of the world’s biggest supply of aftermarket performance. With a stout 363 V8 Dart block under the hood, a Tremec 5-speed manual handling the shifts, and a race-grade sport suspension underneath, this is a very formidable, recently built roadster that’s also reliable enough to drive every day.
It’s quite obvious that the intent was to build this car to be as happy on the track as on the street, and the comfortable low-back bucket seats seem to bear this out. Fitted with Simpson racing harnesses for both driver and passenger, you feel bolted directly to the car and can feel every move it makes in the seat of your pants. Black carpets help with heat control, but like most Cobras it’s very bare bones in the best sense of the word inside.
8-inch independent rear end with a 3.55 gear ratio, it has a gear for every occasion, from pulling a hole-shot to cruising on the highway. The tubular frame is beautifully finished, and with sporty rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, and a set of coil-over shocks all around, handling is far sharper than anything with a heavy big block could be.