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Wed September 30, 2015
"There is nothing nice about a Cobra. It is stripped down to the essentials- a big engine, a small car, and four wide tires to keep the whole business on pavement. Its loud, smells like gasoline, and shakes, shudders, and bucks. It makes your arms tired and your feet hot. You nearly crash about once every 10 minutes. It’s so damn wonderful that you can’t believe it" Automobile Magazine 2004
Here is an opportunity for those that want the Best of the Best.
I have owned three of the few fully-optioned, best of the best Kirkhams in existence. I have owned Kirkham KMP 491, KMP 504, and Kirkham KMP 373. My wife would not drive KMP 504, so it is now in Houston, Texas. Last year, two men began a bidding war of KMP 491, a car that was not for sale. At the end of the conversation, there was a pile of money on the table, so I sold KMP 491. I now have KMP 373 which has three items beyond my first two cars – a dropped footbox (for which I have made raised inserts), adjustable seats (that sit low), and a Vortech supercharger.
These vehicles are clearly works of art and engineering marvels (I am an engineer). These cars have a real mirror-like finish. The Kirkhams have hundreds of hours in preparing this car and doing a good job. In addition, I have hundreds of hours polishing them (I am a perfectionist and quite capable with my hands) via a lengthy cyclo-polishing with a specialized aircraft polisher and cleaner to eliminate the typical “swirl” issues with these cars. I do not think many, if any, are my equal in finishing these.
The final finish is so “sweet” that it allows you to read the fine print on the newspaper on a cloudy day! No paint can do this!
I am offering KMP 373. I have a private car collection to which I typically only add cars. Hard assets are safe and are performing much less volatile than the stock market. I am very successful and postured very well in the current market, so please understand that this is by no means a fire sale. I have several Corvettes and Vipers. I am currently making room for a perfect grade 1, 1967 427-435hp Corvette and a Mosler MT900S. I am also buying in other cars for my collection, so contact me if you have any deals on truly collectable cars. If I sell this car I will start to build another when a body becomes available through Kirkham (everyone has to have a hobby).
Pictures and details are provided below. Many pictures (lots of really cool ones) and additional information are available to real buyers upon request. An Italian, French, Arabic, and Spanish translator is available (if needed) to help answer any questions and reduce communication problems.
Both cars are virtually the same. KMP 373 is nearly new and only has 2600 miles on the odometer. This cars is listed in the most recent version of SAAC's World Registry of Cobras and GT40s. If you are the lucky new owner, I will also educate you on the car and provide guidance on how to properly operate it. These are not cars for novice drivers.
Read thoroughly to truly understand everything that is included with the KMP 373 car!
This All-American Muscle Car is a 1965 Ford 427FE Cobra SC Roadster 427FE replica and is titled. Iconic of the era of high-performance cars, but with significantly improved engineering, materials, and performance. All of the bugs have been worked out.
This is the Best of the Best of the cars produced today. Better than Shelby in 1965 and Shelby in 2015. Sorry, no offense Shelby owners, but if you have an aluminum body, it is probably from Kirkham.
This car is ready for the drag strip, road race, street race, or general touring. With a polished aluminum body, black side pipes, Billboard tires, 750 HP Shelby CSX Aluminum #528 427FE Side-Oiler Engine, and Tremec 5-Speed, you will be turning heads and bruising egos. It has a race car look to it. At 2500 miles, Motorcars International (the previous owner) had Kim Barr (an engine expert) pull the engine, check all tolerances, reassembled it, and then reinstalled it.
This car is tested and tuned. This car just went through a complete polish update and a general car refresh.
Also included is a brand new California Car Cover that has yet to be on a car and all documentation available. A third set of brand new 17” DOT racing tires / wheels are available if interested. These were for the 504 car I previously built. The car is a fully optioned street / race car.
Just get into it and drive it – if you can! Own your own piece of Americana. These cars are hot and this opportunity will not last long. This is the 50th anniversary for the Shelby Cobra!
Delivery is not included in this cost. Ships from Central Maryland / Washington, DC, USA. An Italian, French, Arabic, and Spanish translator is available for questions.
Priced at: $169,000 US
Registry: SAAC – Shelby American Automobile Club Registry
Performance: 0-60 mph in well less than 4.0 seconds / 0-100 kmph in well less
than 4.0 seconds
170 mph / 288 kph Top Speed
Mileage: 2650 Miles
Name: Lee Hewitt / Michelle Hewitt – Original Owner
001-410-984-5637 / 001-410-984-5814
Color: Extreme Mirror Polished Aluminum with Brushed Stripes
Engine: 427 Aluminum FE Shelby CSX Block - Fully Dressed
Stroked to 468 Cubic Inches (Shelby American Built) 750 HP / 700 FT*LB Torque (@3800 rpm) Vortech Supercharger (9lb of Boost by Design) with 750 cfm Downdraft Demon Carburetor
Transmission: Tremec TKO-600 5-Speed Close Ratio (.82 OD) with Blow Proof
Special Options: Best of the Best - Top All-Options Car
(Items are Itemized Below)
Aluminum Body with Mirror Polished Finish
Brushed Main Stripes
Hood Scoop, 427, aluminum
Stainless Steel Frame/Chassis
Stainless Roll Bar
Jack Hooks, Painted Black
Tribar Halogen Bright White Headlamps
Brake Scoops, Fiberglass
Heat Shield for Foot Boxes
Dropped Driver’s Foot Box with 2” and 4” Inserts
Polished Stainless Door Ferrules Set of 8
Fuel Tank Straps, Billet Aluminum
Fuel Tank, 42 Gallon
Wheel Well Foam
Premium Wool Carpet
Plexiglas & Aluminum Sun Visors, Aluminum Mounted
Plexiglas Wind Wings
Pedal Assembly: Brake & Clutch, Billet Aluminum
Original Type Wood Steering Wheel, 15"
Premium Leather Seats
Leather Covered Dash
Seat Belt, Upgrade to 6 Point Harness
Halon Fire Suppression System
Tri-bar Lucas Headlights with Halogen Bulbs
Adjustable Driver Seat
Adjustable Passenger Seat
Driver Fresh Air Ventilation System
Passenger Fresh Air Ventilation System
Battery with Mounting Tray
Battery Cutoff Switch
Stainless Steel Radiator Tube Set
Coolant Tank, Billet Aluminum Round to Clear Supercharger
Oil Cooler, Complete Assembly
Motor Mounts, FE Block, Set of 2
Distributor Hold Down, Billet Aluminum, FE
Alternator Bracket, Billet Aluminum, FE
Throttle Spring & Billet Bracket
Stainless Air Cleaner Cover
Air Cleaner Element, K&N E-1025
Cold Air Box as Part of Supercharger
Fuel Filter and Fittings
Oil Vapor Separator Tank
Fuel Return System
Stainless Steering Shaft / U-Joints
Transmission Mounts - Tremec
Kirkham differential, Aluminum with Mounts
Half Shafts, Set of 2
Drive Shaft Safety Loop
Penske Shocks with Hyperco Springs
Reservoirs, Brake and Clutch
Black Side Pipes
Tremec TKO 600 5-Speed Transmission
Lakewood Blowproof Bell Housing
McLeod Clutch/Pressure Plate
Wilwood Billet Brakes
Two Sets of Pads High-Perf Street, High-Perf Track
Set of 15” Halibrand Knock-Off, Pin-Drive Wheels with GoodYear Billboard Tires (OPTIONAL)
Set of 17” Halibrand Knock-Off, Pin-Drive Wheels with Low
Profile Performance Street Tires with DOT Slicks
- Aluminum Body with Mirror Polished Finish
- Brushed Main Stripes
- Mirror Polished Stainless Side Pipes (2nd Kirkham from factory)
- Hood Scoop, 427, aluminum
- Stainless Steel Frame / Chassis
- Stainless Roll Bar
- Jack Hooks, Lightweight Aluminum
- Tribar Halogen Bright White Headlamps
- Door Ferrules Set of 8
- Plexiglas & Aluminum Sun Visors (Aluminum Mounted)
- Plexiglas Wind Wings
- Wheel Well Foam
- 427 Aluminum FE Shelby CSX-528 Block - Fully Dressed to 468 Cubic Inches (Direct from Shelby Engines) 750 HP / 650 FT*LB Torque (@3800rpm) 9.5:1 Compression by Design to Supercharger
- Vortech V-2 Supercharger (9lb of Boost by Design) with 750 cfm Downdraft Demon Carburetor
- MSD 6AL Adjustable Ignition System
- Tremec TKO-600 5-Speed Close Ratio (.82 OD)
- Lakewood Blow Proof
- McLeod Clutch/Pressure Plate
- Fuel Tank, 42 Gallon
- Kirkham differential, Aluminum with Mounts
- Coolant Tank, Billet Aluminum
- Oil Vapor Separator Tank
- Fuel Return System
- Oil Cooler, Complete Assembly
- Aluminum Heim-Joint Shift Linkage
- Distributor Hold Down, Billet Aluminum, FE
- Alternator Bracket, Billet Aluminum, FE
- Throttle Spring & Billet Bracket
- Air Cleaner Element, K&N
- Fuel Filter and Fittings
- Stainless Steel Radiator Tube Set
- Drive Shaft Safety Loop
COCKPIT / INTERIOR
- Premium Wool Carpet
- Premium Leather Seats – Slight Patina
- Halon Fire Suppression System
- Adjustable Driver Seat
- Adjustable Passenger Seat
- Driver Fresh Air Ventilation System
- Driver Fresh Air Ventilation System
- Pedal Assembly: Brake & Clutch, Billet Aluminum
- Wood Steering Wheel, 15"
- Leather Covered Dash, Period Correct Layout
- Seat Belt, Upgrade to 6 Point Harness
- Dry Cell Racing Battery with Mounting Tray
- Battery Cutoff Switch
- Trunk Mat / Pad
- Hot Shot Contacts
- Rear Fluid Fill / Reservoir
- Custom Trunk Mat
CHASSIS, SUSPENSION, BRAKES
- Stainless Steel Frame/Chassis
- Awesome Billet Suspension
- Penske Shocks with Hyperco Springs
- Big Brakes Upgrade
- Wilwood Billet Brakes
- Set of 15” Halibrand Knock-Off, Pin-Drive Wheels with Goodyear Billboard Tires
- Set of 17” Halibrand Knock-Off, Pin-Drive Wheels with Low Profile
Performance DOT Slicks / Street Tires
- Brake Scoops, Fiberglass
- Heat Shield for Foot Boxes, Polished Stainless
- Fuel Tank Straps, Billet Aluminum
- Stainless Steering Shaft / U-Joints
- Drive Shaft
- Half Shafts, Set of 2
- Reservoirs, Brake and Clutch, billet
- Roller Assembled by Kirkham
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 2,140 pound / 750 horsepower anatomy makes my Dodge Viper and my Ford GT twin turbo feel very tame by comparison. You cannot imagine how spectacularly fast this serpent is until you drive it. The aluminum flywheel provides instant power. When you exit the car you have the same feeling as three hours of killer sex. Well, almost.
The car is awesome! It has been meticulously maintained, never been scratched, and is absolutely beautiful. You would spend over $140,000 to gather the parts for this awesome aluminum, fully-optioned beauty (www.kirkhammotorsports.com), then you would have to properly polish it again at about $12,000, have built a supercharged big block and Tremec transmission for $38,000, you would have to assemble it at about $10,000, and you would have to ship it at $2,000. This totals you out at $204,000 – but only if one is available timely from Kirkham, which they are not. The 50th anniversary Shelby cars (aluminum Kirkham) are well above this amount.
This deal sounds like a no-brainer!
Kirkham Shelby FE Polished Aluminum Badass
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