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Fall 2015 259


Within hours of the Summer 2015

issue’s being posted on our website, we

received an email from Jim Sfetko

who advised us that the car we de-

scribed as CSX2483, the daily beater

small block Cobra pictured on page 11,

was actually CSX2533, owned by Jim

Barrett of Huntington Beach, Califor-

nia. Aside from both cars being the

same dark green color, this one had

some visible trunk lid damage which

led us to misidentify the car. The large

dent in the trunk was the result of a

ladder falling on it in Barrett’s garage.

Ouch! We hate when that happens!

tural changes. The decision was made

to build-out additional cars using

parts on hand, but to be legal they had

to be built to Canadian specifications.

As a result, the second batch of Cana-

dian cars was actually 177 units.

Canadian vehicle safety standards

of the day required more bumper pro-

tection than US standards. For that

reason, Canadian build vehicles re-

ceived a unique front bumper with

more dense foam in it and the rear

bumper was spaced out from the body

an additional two inches. The rear

bumper on the production GT is an

abomination anyway, and pushing it

out there another two inches makes it

look even worse.

It’s not uncommon for owners of

Canadian GTs to remove the Cana-

dian bumper extensions so the rear

bumper tucks back into the rear body-

work. Without question that improves

the car’s silhouette. However, it is kind

of surprising to see a modification like

this done to a car that is supposedly

brand-new and has never been driven.

There is an explanation for that, no

doubt, but it may take some time to


It is still difficult to believe that

someone could have a car like this sit-

ting in a garage for ten years without

driving it.