Open top, iconic looks, and a whole lot vintage – the Shelby Cobra is one of the most recognizable cars in history. Of course, the Ford v Ferrari movie from last year helped introduce the roadster to a younger generation of car nuts, and that's what Superformance is banking on with its latest release, the MKIII-R Cobra.
Taking after the legendary 1960s Cobra, Superformance is the only company that can build a Cobra replica with a license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. it aims to bring the classic looks and performance of the open-top icon complemented with modern touches.
Gallery: Superformance MKIII-R Cobra
"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 with a major motion picture release last year that highlighted the Cobra, this vehicle’s popularity is at an all-time high. We took great care to ensure the Superformance MKIII-R lives up to the Cobra’s iconic legacy."
The Superformance MKII-R differs slightly from the Cobra, though. It has different fender scallops and hood scoop designs, plus the presence of front splitter and rear diffuser makes it look a bit edgier than the original Cobra, albeit, the Atlantic Blue paint job and anthracite stripes should give you a hint.
Underneath the fiberglass body comes modern touches such as the fully independent unequal-length A-arms with adjustable Bilstein coils over telescopic shock absorber at the front, and the fabricated hub carriers and coil-over shock absorbers at the back. The MKIII-R also comes with LED headlights and 18-inch wheels.
Inside, don't let the vintage look fool you, the MKIII-R has electronic gauges to complement the vintage leather trimmings and French-stitched body-color seats.
As with other Superformance cars, the MKIII-R rolling chassis sells without the engine for $79,900. However, installation kits are available for Ford 302, 351, 460, and 427/428 cubic-inch engines with Tremec 5-speed or Ford top loader 4-speed transmissions.
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Superformance, the leading manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation sports cars, is thrilled to unveil the company’s newest devlopment, the all-new MKIII-R Cobra. The 1965 Superformance MKIII-R is a combination of classic styling and contemporary modifications with a bold, aggressive look complementing the vehicle’s iconic legacy.
“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 with a major motion picture release last year that highlighted the Cobra, this vehicle’s popularity is at an all-time high. We took great care to ensure the Superformance MKIII-R lives up to the Cobra’s iconic legacy.”
The Superformance MKIII-R is a meticulously engineered and crafted reproduction of the original, built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. Like all Superformance builds, the MKIII-R was built to exacting standards, with over two-thirds of the steel monocoque chassis’ parts being interchangeable with an original GT40 car. No expense is spared in recreating these legendary cars, ensuring an authentic sports car experience.
In addition to supplying the MKIII-R rolling chassis, Superformance also painted the vehicle using the iconic Atlantic Blue-colored livery. The vehicle’s trim was also coated with the iconic MKIII-R stripes painted in an anthracite color that perfectly complements the colorway.
The chassis is created using a jig-welded parallel ladder frame of heavy wall 2" x 4" 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.
While the addition of integrated “scalloped” fenders and hood headline some of the MKIII’s modern additions, the vehicle retains much of its original shape and wheelbase. The MKIII-R body utilizes hand-laid fiberglass panels with steel tube reinforcements in all openings. Where the body points carry loads, each piece is reinforced with steel bars or panels in a non-stressed environment.
All Superformance MKIII's feature a high-performance aluminum radiator with twin electric fans that are thermostatically controlled. Also included on base MKIII's is a period correct oil cooler with shroud and fittings.
The vehicle’s suspension incorporates some modern components, as the front of the MKIII chassis sports fully independent unequal length A-arms with adjustable Bilstein coils over telescopic shock absorbers, while the rear also utilizes independent unequal length A-arms with fabricated hub carriers and coil-over shock absorbers.
Black mesh side and fender vents also add an improved aeration element to the overall grittier appearance. To complete the timeless aesthetic mated with functionality, the MKIII-R comes with a large rear diffuser and a body-contour matching front splitter.
Inside the interior of the MKIII-R, Superformance added custom French stitched seats and a body color accented thread. The MKIII-R’s transmission tunnel is also adorned with leather to complete the classic look. In a twist of modern flair, the vehicle’s dashboard is equipped with all-new Superformance electronic gauges.
Standard equipment included in the MKIII-R includes power steering, LED headlights, 18’’ wheels and a wide variety of exterior and interior color options.
Since each Superformance chassis comes without the engine included, installation kits are available for Ford 302, 351, 460 and 427/428 cubic inch engines with Tremec 5-speed or Ford top loader 4-speed transmissions.
The rolling chassis is available at a starting price of $79,900, as Superformance always incorporates a labor-intensive approach to ensure every piece is period correct and functioning perfectly. Since Superformance utilizes only the highest quality parts in the construction of each vehicle, these timeless machines have always maintained amazingly high resale values.
For more information about Superformance and any available vehicle models, go to www.Superformance.com or call 949-900-1950.