This well-done article by Tim Suddard of Classic Motorsports puts a genuine 427 Shelby Cobra on the road next to a South African replica — how do they compare side-by-side, and can you tell which is which?
Here are the stats on each:
|Mystery Cobra 1||Mystery Cobra 2|
|Engine:||427-cubic-inch V8||428-cubic-inch V8|
|Horsepower:||550 @ 6300 rpm||335 @ 5200 rpm|
|Torque:||540 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm||440 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm|
|Transmission:||five-speed manual||four-speed manual|
|Wheels:||15×8-in. front; 15×10-in. rear||15×7.5-in. front and rear|
|Brakes:||12.8-in. disc front; 12-in. disc rear||11.63-in. disc front; 10.75-in. disc rear|
|Zero-to-60:||3.4 sec.||4.3 sec.|
|1/4 Mile:||11.5 sec. @ 129 mph||12.2 sec. @ 118 mph|
|Weight:||2548 lbs.||2529 lbs.|
Want to know which one is the real deal, and which is just a snazzy lookalike? Read for yourself…
We’ve decided we want both.