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itch again. I was making decent

money and I said to myself, “


cars are not getting any less expen-

sive. If I look around I could probably

put some kind of deal together.

SAAC: Let’s back up a second. This

was in 1976. In 1972 the Cobra Club

was started.

SCUDDER: I joined the Cobra Club

in the spring of 1972 when I bought

2306. I was one of the early members.

Bruce Jodar and Mark Buckheim were

running it. In 1973 I went up to a won-

derful little Cobra Cub gathering in

the spring at Lime Rock Park. It was

the Cobra Club’s first official gather-

ing in the northeast. There were ten

Cobras there and nobody had ever

seen such a thing.

SAAC: When did you become addicted

to Cobra serial numbers?

SCUDDER: I began collecting a few

serial numbers when I was in college,

knowing full well that I was going to

be looking for 289 Cobra at some

point. I saved all kinds of magazine

and newspaper ads, just so that if and

when I was seriously looking and the

time came, I knew where some cars

were and that would be a good place to

start looking.

SAAC: At that point, did the actual

Cobra serial numbers have any mean-

ing to you or was it just a way to de-

scribe a particular car?

SCUDDER: The only meaning they

had to me at the time was that I

wanted a car above CSX2200. By that

point I had at least learned that I

would prefer a rack-and-pinion car to

a worm-and-sector car. And I wanted

that half-inch wider lip on the wheels

because I thought they looked better. I

also wanted the side vents. I guess you

could just say I wanted a car with the

latest specs. From 2200 up they were

pretty much all the same. So I knew as

much is that. And I also knew that I

didn’t want a black interior. I wanted

something lighter because black gets

hot in the sun.

SAAC: So you started working on get-

ting your next Cobra?

SCUDDER: I started pestering my

dad in late 1976 because I knew I was

going to need a loan. I wrote him an

eight-page prospectus on what I

thought Cobras were going to do in the

market place; I was convinced that

they were going to increase in value. I

remember telling him that it would

not surprise me if within ten years

they would be worth $50,000. In fact,

that happened a lot quicker than in

ten years.

SAAC: At the time you wrote that, did

you have any intention of buying a car

and later selling it if the prices esca-


SCUDDER: My idea, at the time, was

that I wanted to have a Cobra to own

and keep and enjoy in perpetuity. I

was basically saying, “

Dad, I have so

much cash at the ready but these cars

are getting so much more expensive so

quickly that I worry that I’m going to

get priced out of the market

.” He read

the thing and he basically laughed. He

said, “

If you’re that passionate about

something I will certainly help you.

Just make sure it’s a good example

.” I

had seen a dark green 427 Cobra at

the New Hope Auto Show. It took First

Place in its class and it suddenly came

up for sale. It was just an hour away. I

was on it like a flash. In February of

1977, I ended up paying the owner

$24K to buy the car, CSX3227, which

turned out to be a 428 but that was no


SAAC: Would you consider this a fair

market price or something less?

SCUDDER: As Geoff Howard would

later say, “

You got the last good deal.

I was seeing similar cars advertised in

the $30K range. The seller of 3227

thought he had a Daytona Coupe on

the line that he was going to buy. He

wanted cash on the barrelhead more

than anything else. I happened to call

him to ask him if he knew of any cars

that were for sale before his ad in



even appeared. He said some-

thing like, “

Holy crap! This is amazing.

I only sent the ad to Autoweek two

days ago and I’m already getting a

phone call!

” I told him that wasn’t ac-

tually the case. “

I took down your

name when I saw your car at the New

Hope show last summer and I’m just

calling you to see if you know of any

Cobras that are available

.” He said,

Yeah – mine is!

” And I said, “


That’s a lucky break!

” And it was a

good deal.

SAAC: In 1976 SAAC published a

Cobra Registry which was unveiled at

the first convention in Oakland. Your

name was listed in the credits.

SCUDDER: I had contributed a num-

ber of names and serial numbers to

the first Cobra registry, the small,

white one published by Bill Kemper.

In the 1976 book it was the same deal.

I contributed all the names and serial

numbers I knew to that book and Bill

graciously thanked me and everyone

else who had helped him, in the open-

ing pages. I know that we call it “Bill

Kemper’s registry” but it was really

Royal Krieger who put that book to-

gether. He had been collecting infor-

mation on Cobras and gave all of it to

Bill who added it to his own informa-

tion, collated it and assembled it. But


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SAAC’s first Cobra registry, printed in

1976, was preceeded by the smaller (



) 1973 registry which only con-

tained the serial numbers of Cobras whose

owners were known. The 1976 edition

listed all serial numbers, although many

cars were still “owner unknown.” Scudder

was listed as a contributor but was not one

of the editors, even though he had provided

all of his records. Within a year everyone

listed as an editor in the publication real-

ized that maintaining the Cobra registry

would be never-ending and chose not to

continue. That’s when Scudder was asked

by SAAC to take over. He decided to make

the commitment and has done a masterful

job ever since.