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together and it was purchased by a
European collector who had it shipped
to Cobra Automotive in Wallingford,
Connecticut where it was disassem-
bled down to the bare tub and rebuilt
as a full-specification MK IV coupe so
it could be vintage raced in Europe.
Agapiou’s garage, prior to the car’s sale. In a sense, it’s a shame that a historical one-of-one car like this was converted to something
of which ten others already exist. But it’s a matter of the golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules. The engine was a 494
cubic-inch magnesium Boss 429. It would have been the basis of Ford’s Can-Am effort if they had continued with a factory effort.
J-9 completed as a MK IV coupe.