This iconic Cobra is currently being rebuilt.
This body and kit was fabricated by Johnspeed Cobra in Kensington, Johannesburg and was built by Barry Van Niekerk in Walkerville. The strong chassis was also custom built (extended by 40mm) and beefed up by him. Barry used the tried and tested BMW E16 suspension through out. Loads of super slick, custom aluminium tanks & bits in the engine bay were done by Barry as well!
Its has a strong 383 Stroker Chev motor with a rebuilt and beefed up 350 auto box (with a shift kit). It now has a BMW M3 rear suspension retro-fitted (diff and side shafts), new rear bearings, hubs, rotors, and all brake pads replaced. This project came with Weld-Racing Pro-star wheels, now Rocket Kidney Beans fitted, to give it a little bit of a 60’s feel & look.
Serious safety repairs were done on the rack & pinion and steering shaft. 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 a diamond pattern. Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges are being fitted with a minimalist finish and feel on the aluminium dash. It has now been sprayed silver with blue stripes.The front emblem has been transitioned forward to give the hood a longer look.
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, for the fire extinguisher and small odds and ends. He has custom fabricated 31 various fiberglass bits and panels to complete the Cobra that Carroll Shelby himself would be proud of.