This Shelby King Cobra is an authentic, 1963 Cooper Monaco tube frame chassis that was completed as a Shelby King Cobra in 1984. This original chassis, discovered in the early 1980's, is listed in the Cooper factory registry records as one that was sold less engine and gearbox to W. Mitchell in 1963.
The chassis was later discovered in Canada, and was acquired Jack Boxtrom. He then sold it to Barry Brown in 1981. Brown then began the restoration of the chassis and assembly of the car as a King Cobra.
Brown shipped the chassis to England for construction of a new aluminum body. The body was formed and fitted to the chassis by famed body designer/builders, Pritchard. During this time, Brown had Traco Engineering build a 289 Ford racing engine for the car.
In late 1981, Jim Giese then took over the restoration and ownership of the King Cobra. Under his ownership, the King Cobra was finally completed and readied for racing.
In 1983, the King Cobra was entered in the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. At that prestigious event, the King Cobra captured the Craftsman Award for best new restoration.
Since its first event, the car has run approximately 14 vintage racing events, including the Wine Country Classic, the Monterey Historics, as well as races at Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, and Elkhart Lake. The car has shown itself to be both fast and reliable.
In 1997, the King Cobra received a freshly rebuilt 289 (with a new block) engine. The McKee gearbox was also rebuilt. The body was stripped to its bare aluminum, and then painted a dark blue. The frame was also powder coated. The suspension and shocks were also rebuilt, and the two front hubs were replaced with new ones. All parts were crack tested. The car now has approximately six shakedown laps on it.
The King Cobra has a tubular space frame construction. It has double wishbone suspension front and rear. It has coil springs and telescopic dampers. The brakes are dual piston, Girling disc brakes.
The King Cobra has a dry-sump 289 Ford with 2 bolt mains, Traco heads, Mallory ignition, and 48 IDA Webers. It produces approximately 380-390 h.p. The King Cobra also has a correct, 1963, 4 speed, McKee gearbox that was used in the King Cobras. A fuel cell has also been installed in the original fuel tank location.
The Cobra rides on 15X6 inch cast alloy Panasport front wheels and 15X7 original Halibrand cast alloy rear wheels.
The car is currently in excellent condition, and race ready. It has its original chassis tag, still mounted on the dash panel. The car comes with full FIA papers.
Chassis Number: CM 263
Engine Number: N/A