If you’re a car collector of the highest order, it’s understandable why you’d want an original AC Cobra in your garage. The history, prestige, performance and style would easily bolster an automotive collection. But, for those of us who don’t have at least one million dollars to spend on an original production Shelby Cobra, the Superformance MKIII Cobra is the perfect substitute.
Collectors and purists balk at the idea of kit cars and recreations solely because they don’t carry the history or genuine prestige of the originals on which they’re based. But what if you don’t care about owning the “history” or numbers-matching parts? What if you just want to experience the most accurate translation of what Carroll Shelby tried to bring into the world? A Superformance MKIII Cobra is the closest you’ll get, and aside from not being built in the ’60s, it’s damn near identical to an original Cobra. Superformance is the only builder of recreation Cobras which Shelby American signs off on and allows in its official register.
A brand-new Superformance MkIII will set you back around $60,000, but the one currently up for auction is going for just over $40,000 and only showing 20,000 miles on the odometer. The unique selling point on this particular MKIII is the engine — it’s not the standard 427 mill. It’s an over-the-top 7.5-Liter Cobra Jet engine with 365 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque on tap. That sort of power and twist is enough to make a family sedan classify as quick.