This iconic Cobra has been totally rebuilt.
The body was fabricated by Johnspeed Cobra in Kensington, Johannesburg and was originally built by Barry Van Niekerk from Walkerville. The chassis was also custom built & extended by 40mm. Barry used the tried and tested BMW E36 suspension through out. He also made loads of super slick, custom aluminium tanks and extras in the engine bay !
It has a strong 383 Stroker Chev motor with a rebuilt and beefed up 350 auto box (with a shift kit), done by Nic van Rensburg. It now has a BMW M3 rear suspension retro-fitted (diff and side shafts), new front & rear bearings, new hubs, new rotors, and all brake pads have been replaced.
Serious safety repairs were done on the rack & pinion and steering shaft. The steering wheel & hub was redesigned and built inline to the dash. The windshield alignment also changed for better fitment.
It is now safe, reliable and can perform !!
This project came with Weld-Racing Pro-star wheels, but has now been changed to Rocket Kidney-Beans, to give it a little bit of a 60’s feel & look. I have a spare set of Halibrand traditional knock-off wheels to fit, if the need arises.
It was totally stripped of paint and extensive body repairs done throughout. The gearbox tunnel has been narrowed for better fitment of the seats.The interior has aluminium Scotch-brited back and door panels and the seats are done in black calf leather with a diamond pattern (done by Mark Wahlberg). Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges were fitted with no other buttons, switches or lights.The horn button, turn signal and headlight switches are hidden as well. This gives it a minimalist finish and feel on the all-aluminium dash. It has been sprayed coarse silver with blue stripes. The front emblem has been frenched in and intentionally transitioned forward to give the hood a longer look. No other emblems or badges were fitted on this build. Retractable forklift seat belts were installed and hidden. The wiring was expertly done again by Clint & Wesley Mann.
Bern van Gass decided to line the trunk area in aluminum sheeting and built a creative small practical cubbyhole between the two seats, instead of in the dash, to hold the fire extinguisher and any small odds and ends. He has custom fabricated 31 various fiberglass bits and panels to complete the project. Our aim was to give a plain & simple ”Bare Bones Racing” look to a traditional Cobra that Carroll Shelby himself would have been proud of !!!!