The Shelby Cobra: Genuine vs. Replica

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:

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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.

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