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SOLD - 1964 FIA Shelby Cobra Replica

Too Fast, Too Loud, Impractical and Dangerous. In other words, perfect . My FIA Cobra is the only one ever built by ERA Replica Automobiles to be powered by the 281ci DOHC SVT Cobra motor, aka the "mod motor' or modular motor. It is much larger in size than the 289 that usually powers FIA Cobras and is also fuel injected. Hence it's quite a departure from a traditional replica. I have room for just one sports car and it's time to experience a GT car, perhaps something with A/C and power windows. The Cobra project was a great chapter in my life... it taught me a lot and helped forge friendships that will last a lifetime.    Note the cool little FIA dimples in the trunk for the "FIA suitcase"   This Cobra is the less common 289 FIA variety, not the more common, voluptuous big block 427SC variety. Many refer to the FIA as Bo Derrick as opposed to the big block, Dolly Parton. I chose the ERA brand because of their reputation and bo

I'll Take Mine in Green, For Envy

I know you'll be shocked, but someone has to tell you.  I didn't win the 2011 Carrera GTS in the Porsche Club of America raffle.  I know your hurting for me, and I appreciate it. I don’t think I can eat breakfast. I’m not going to brush my teeth either, nor comb my hair. I want that PCA raffle judges to see what they’ve done to me. I’m a shell of a man. How could they lead me on like that? Mailing me raffle flyers, posting pictures on their website. They should be ashamed of themselves. This is no different than all those girls in college that gave me their number only to tell me they were busy once I called. My new Porsche driving gloves are going to look pretty stupid when I’m behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer. So now what? I can tell you I’m not going to buy a new GTS that’s for sure. Besides, I’m not sure Porsche corporate wasn’t also complicit in preventing my win. Oh, did I mention that I don’t even like water-cooled Carreras anyway. Well, I don’t.     After

Stop Waxing and Start Driving

Your last sports car can't be a trailer queen. Richard Newton of  Naples Florida demonstrates how to enjoy a Classic 911 These days, you can buy all sorts of junk to help you keep your car perfect. Every kind of gadget imaginable exists for you to make sure your car appears as though it's never been driven at all: Plastic bubbles for storage (because a simple cover won't suffice), special tooth picks for cleaning tiny places that weren't even clean the day the car was originally manufactured, swirl remover, rock guard, seat covers, dash mats, floor mats, magnetic door ding protectors… you name it. Heck, in some cases you can even buy your original (and by "original" I mean "crappy") tires from 30 year ago. Now that your car can look like it's never been driven, let's find ways for you not to drive it too! How about special tire holders? That way, when it sits in the garage for 5 months, the rubber won't get flat spots. Oh, and whi


One of the most validating (and embarrasing) moments in my life was when I learned my "Cobratech" project was going to be featured in a magazine. I knew using a non-traditional power plant was risky... it cost double what using a 289 or 427 might have cost and, once complete, would be worth much less than a traditional replica.  Despite this, I thought the new SVT Mod-Motor was the future of muscle cars and insisted it was the right choice. I have no idea why I couldn't be convinced a simple 289 Cobra replica was cool enough.  In the end, I'm glad I wasn't.  I learned a lot from the project and that knowledge combined with the people I met along the way has more than made up for any value disparity.  With a magazine article as the final exclamation point, I could enjoy some recognition and fame, and after such a tremendous undertaking, that was truly priceless to me. I located my donor-motor a couple of years before Ford introduced the crate motor program, s

Dare To Dream

I've never owned a new car. Well, I guess the leftover 95 Nissan truck I bought in 96 might count. But come on, Nissans look 2 years old the day you buy them, so I'm claiming never on this issue. There are two reasons I've never bought new: first, they are expensive. Second… I forget the second. Boy, you really do pay a lot for new cars. I have often dreamt of the glory associated with a car that is perfect and has no flaws hidden by sellers. But buying new really blows the budget. I seek out used cars in really good shape with some success but, invariably, I later find the hidden flaws and they become even more depressing. My solution: win a new supercar in a raffle and fix all that. The latest issue of Porsche Panorama arrived in the mail this week. On page 15, the answer: PCA's 2010 Member-Only Raffle. The winner will be provided with a $104K Carrera GTS coupe and $25K cash to cover most of the expenses associated with winning it. The GTS is one step above the Car

Birthday Blog

Yesterday was my 40 th Birthday. It is a time of reflection on what's really important in life. So I'm going to review my cars and motorcycles from the very beginning. The beginning, being when my license was issued of course. For the record:  No Sunbird EVER looked as cool as the one in this add.  Mine was light blue, steel wheels, an automatic and didn't have any spoiler.   Also, the sunlight had dissintegrated the plastic interior bits to dust.  Oh, and a Ritalin induced spontaneous painting project turned the front end gloss white. For my 16 th Birthday I inherited mom's light blue Pontiac Sunbird. Don't laugh, it had the 6 cylinder. The pizza deliver profession enabled me to spend quality time with that car. At around 17 or 18 my grandfather got in an argument with the Nissan dealer about the value of his trade, so I received a 1986 Nissan Pickup. Some stripes, Alpine, CB radio and a tonneau cover and I was off and running.  Actually, my Nissa