It’s certainly true that few cars possess the blend of historic significance and sheer insanity of an original Shelby Cobra, but that hasn’t stopped any number of producers from trying to recapture it by building re-creations. Superformance LLC of Irvine, California, is one of the most prolific such firms, having produced about 4,000 rolling chassis in its existence. Its Cobra replicas, including its Mk III roadsters, are the only such continuation cars produced under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., and are described as exact replicas of the Shelby American originals. This 2011 Superformance Mk III Cobra, sold new by Legendary Classics LLC of Ross, Ohio, is now in the hands of its second owner, a Shelby enthusiast of long standing, who purchased it in 2018 from a New Jersey dealership and has only driven it 200 miles. This Mk III has never been used in any kind of racing event. The selling dealer describes it as being in “excellent” condition.
Superformance LLC sells its continuation vehicles as finished moving skeleton. Establishment packs are offered for an assortment of Ford powerplants, with the client and selling vendor normally settling on the motor decision. One famous mix, as here, is the Ford Windsor V-8, stroked from its stock 351-cu.in. removal to 408 cubic inches. While the inceptions of this motor are not determined, it’s a typical removal among providers of case motors. A dynamometer sheet shows that this motor delivered 474 torque at 5,600 RPM, with 482-lbs.ft. of force. The motor gets its fuel through a 750 cfm four-barrel carburetor, with fuel log, on an aluminum consumption complex. The motor has cylindrical fumes headers and what gives off an impression of being a MSD start framework. Meshed lines and A fittings are broadly utilized. The Tremec five-speed manual transmission is said to move without issues. A ZF backside is fitted with 3.45:1 cog wheels. The dealer is ignorant of any holes from the powertrain. The motor narrows glances perfect in the photographs.
The Mk III uses hand-laid fiberglass bodywork over a cylindrical steel structure on a dance welded stepping stool outline. The opposition blue get done with white stripes is unique to the form and portrayed as extraordinary, without any flaws, scratches or chips announced. As per the dealer, there is no rust on the vehicle. The Mk III is outfitted with side debilitates and machine-slice nerf bars that appear to be in great condition. No defects can be found in the excess chrome. The glass condition is depicted as awesome, the inside seals are supposed to be in superb condition, and the outside lighting is useful. The vehicle will be sold with a vehicle cover and a tonneau cover. The underside is almost flawless, with just periodic traces of surface erosion.
Every Mk III has handmade seats covered in German-specification leather facings. Their condition in this car is described as “perfect,” with no issues. The carpet was new as of 2011 and is also called “perfect” by the seller. The textured dashboard has a full complement of Smiths engine gauges that are said to be fully functional. The small controls look to be in excellent shape; nothing appears to be missing. A custom wood-rim steering wheel is ahead of the driver, and the dash is hand-signed by Carroll Shelby. There is no audio system or heater. The trunk appears to be spotless.
The seller says this Mk III has not needed chassis service during his time of ownership. The seller reports no issues with the steering or brakes, and says the suspension components appear to be in good shape. The knockoff alloy wheels are said to be free of curb rash, and mount huge BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires that are said to still have 90 percent of their tread remaining.
This car will be sold on a clean Pennsylvania title in the owner’s name provided by the consigning dealer. The seller describes a 100-page portfolio that comes with the Mk III, including service records during his time of ownership plus documentation of components used in the car’s construction and the dyno information. Obviously very well kept, this 2011 Superformance Mk IIII Cobra is primed to thrill its new owner and deliver that raw experience the original Cobra 427 offered more than 50 years ago.