2005 Kirkham 427 Cobra
With '60s Cobras pushing well into the seven-figure range there are well-made alternatives that can provide the same, if not better, driving experience without the dramatic price tag. This aluminum bodied SC Cobra by Kirkham is one of the best of the best. It features every performance option available from Kirkham in 2005 including: a Tremec 5-speed transmission, Salisbury type differential, and a Ford Motorsport 427 aluminum block engine (bored and stroked to 482 ci) making 600hp.
Aesthetically, this car is as close to an original Cobra as you can get, with Autometer gauges, Connolly leather, Wilton wool carpets, wood rimmed steering wheel, roll bar, outside fuel filler, side pipes, and Halibrand style Trigo knock off alloy wheels. This example is registered as a special construction vehicle, has been SB 100 approved, and is smog exempt in California.
Built in 2005, it has been driven just 2,234 miles since delivery. The aluminum body has never suffered any damage and is indistinguishable in proportions to an original Cobra. The wheel wells have foam inlays to protect the aluminum fenders from rocks. The engine bay and underside are immaculate.
Mechanically the car's performance is ready to rival anything on the road. The 600hp engine is an aluminum block Genesis casting of the famous Ford side oiler, bored and stroked to 482 ci. A nine-quart oil pan was added along with a Holley 850 double pumper carburetor. The Tremec TKO 600 5-speed is mated to an aluminum flywheel and pressure plate, which feeds power to the Kirkham (Salisbury type) differential. A McCloud scatter shield is also fitted.
The car weights in at just 2100 lbs, and with 600hp underfoot the performance is staggering, to say the least. The brakes are Wilwood 4-piston calipers with vented rotors giving this car considerable more stopping power than the original Cobra. The suspension is finished off with state of the art Penske adjustable shocks.
Later work by Bob Slade included the Kirkham recommended front suspension pickup point reinforcements, updated flexible exhaust hangers, a complete suspension alignment including bump steer. In addition he installed a Comp Cams FB 2825-10 cam and tuned the engine.
Built by Keith Craft Performance Engines
Genesis aluminum side oiler block bored and stroked to 482 ci
Comp Cams FB 2825-10 cam
Scat Steel Crank
Scat I-Beam Rods
Holley 850 Double Pumper Carb
Melling High Volume Oil Pump
9 qt Oil Pan