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Technically, there was never a 1966 or

1967 Cobra 427 S/C. But it is easy to

confuse the year of manufacture with

the model. The problem we’ve had is

when a club member requests a letter

verifying the value of one of these cars,

we ask for the year of manufacture be-

cause the insurance carrier needs to

know this. The owner will declare that

their car is a 1965 model, citing the

MSO as proof.When you squeeze them

hard enough they will admit that their

car is not fifty years old; it was manu-

factured in 2004 (or whatever year it

was built). After a while these argu-

ments just wear you out.

SCUDDER: I don’t deal with them.

I’m happy to direct them to Kevin

Rogers, the CSX4000 registrar. Even

so, it is incredibly frustrating. You see

owners on the forum with their ‘4000s

saying, “

This is a legitimate 1965

Cobra 427 S/C and it’s no different

than yours.

” Well, everybody knows

that’s bullspit.

SAAC: Another aspect of replicas is

that so many of them have been made.

There have probably been 1,500

CSX4000s, or more, because they are

still making them.

SCUDDER: If you count up the num-

ber of manufacturers other than

Shelby over the last twenty years that

have been making Cobra replicas,

whether it is here, England, South

Africa, Australia or Europe, I bet there

are (or have been) fifty different com-

panies that have been producing

Cobra replicas and everybody who

owns one wants to call their car a

1960-something Shelby AC Cobra.

Somewhere the term replica, clone, re-

production, tribute or whatever you

want to call it gets totally lost in the

translation and if you even suggest it,

they look at you in horror, It’s like,

Who the hell do you think you are?

SAAC: At car shows, it seems like

replica owners always want to park

next an original Cobra, hoping that

whatever makes the original so special

may rub off on their car.

SCUDDER: There is a website called

ClubCobra, which is a replica-oriented

group, and there have been numerous

threads – including one that is proba-

bly twenty pages long now – that tries

to answer the question, “

How do you

deal with the question of, ‘Is that a

real Cobra’?

” Reasonable people chime

in and they say that what the person

is asking is, is that a 1960s-built car?

Just say no, this is a car that was built

thereafter and it uses all of the same

stuff. You could argue that the technol-

ogy is even better. But most of these

people refuse. They say, “

I wanted a

Cobra, I built a Cobra or I bought one;

I’m not telling anyone anything. As far

as I’m concerned, yes, it’s a real 1960s



SAAC: It’s impossible for us to change

anybody’s mind at this point. Replicas

have been around too long. They have

been accepted. There are probably

10,000 Cobra-like cars out there.

SCUDDER: Maybe more. And they

continue to be built every day.

SAAC: Obviously some of them are

better than others. Kirkhams are

every bit as good as the originals.

SCUDDER: Kirkhams are exquisite.

SAAC: When Shelby American gets

the right parts together they can as-

semble a decent 4000 car.

SCUDDER: They sure can.

SAAC: It’s gotten to the point now, in

the magazine, where I won’t put a cap-

tion under a picture unless I actually

know who the owner of the car is be-

cause it would be embarrassing to say

it was original car and later discover

it was a replica.

SCUDDER: Exactly, I understand.

SAAC: These are the times we live in.

We’re lucky we didn’t just get to the

party yesterday.We’ve been around for

quite a while. It’s been like a ride on a

really long roller coaster.

SCUDDER: Very true. And it’s been a

wonderful ride. I’m still enjoying it

after all these years.

SAAC: Where do you see the Cobra

phenomena headed in the future? Do

you see it continuing from where it is

now just continuing out as far as we

can imagine?

SCUDDER: I wish I knew. I don’t re-

ally know. I plan to hang onto my

Cobra until feel that my driving skills

are slipping and I really can’t properly

drive the car anymore. At which point

if the kids don’t want it, it will go on

the block. There is a time to say good-

bye to your car and that doesn’t have

to diminish your enjoyment of the cars

in general.

SAAC: Without trying to pump smoke

up your tailpipe, we have to say that

the original Cobra marque is fortunate

to have you as its guardian angel.


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After all these years of tracking Cobra history and Cobra owners, Ned Scudder still en-

joys the primary purpose of owning a Cobra: driving it. He can usually be found on one

of the variety of 1000-mile Cobra tours that take place annually. He’s pictured here,

with his wife of 37 years, Cree.