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Old 01-22-2021, 04:27 AM
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Does this really do anything for the class of replicas that the Cobra falls in (there are other vehicles too).

The current way is (1) you get a kit, stays status quo or (2) you get a finished roller (Shelby, SPF, Kirkham, etc). Today they cannot install a power train and sell it as a finished vehicle. This rule would change that but as I read it, would require an emissions compliant engine at time of sale. This would mean you'd be able to sell a completed vehicle with a Coyote crate engine, but not a NOS 427FE.

Since I believe most Cobra owners would like to see period correct power trains does this change anything? Won't most people still install a power train that more closely resembles the originals?
I believe you are correct. One more hurdle, the engine would have to have emission controls as specified by the manufacturer to operate within emissions compliance. Not certain that any manufacturers currently have specs to meet this criteria. Most state not for street use or per-19xx vehicles.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:01 AM
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I believe you are correct. One more hurdle, the engine would have to have emission controls as specified by the manufacturer to operate within emissions compliance. Not certain that any manufacturers currently have specs to meet this criteria. Most state not for street use or per-19xx vehicles.
At the time this first came up the Chevy LS3 was the only engine certified and even that may have lapsed according to another forum. Ford had not submitted the Coyote. Someone said the new Godzilla was but I can't find evidence for that.

In any case, the Cobra manufacturing community doesn't seem too interested... Like I said (not sure if it was here or elsewhere) putting a vehicle into full production that meets these standards also involves a lot of stuff like warranties and service and support. It's not like a kit where the buyer gets it and about as much support as a toaster at walmart (Less, you can return the toaster).
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Why bother shutting down these cars, when they hate the unwashed masses owning any internal combustion engine. Just make gasoline $12 a gallon. Their billionaire friends can still play.

I recall an interview where he said fuel will be phased out over the next 10 to 15 years. So far it looks like he may deliver a little sooner than that. No judgements or opinions here, just stating what was said and what I have observed.

Those electric Cobra's are looking a little better all the time.
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The rule requires a certified engine, this doe NOT mean it will be a "certified crate engine" but it can be a "piggyback" certification i.e. the powertrain from an current production vehicle. We used this to EPA the AC MK IV, it was the Mustang 5.0 powertrain and as long as the weight was within a percentage (or less) and the ratios were within an allowable range you could certify with a simple tailpipe test and the evaporative "shed" test. So the fact that GM has certified crate system has no bearing on using a Coyote or an Ecoboost in a certified replica.
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This whole thing is one of those "suppose they gave a party and noone came" things...

This has been in the pipeline for a couple of years. There was some early flurry around it. Manufacturers have had a lot of time now to dwell on it and prepare, expecting that it would eventually become law...

Noone signed up.

There was never a flurry of activity around the Cobra space.

There was some around some of the older classics like the early Mustangs and Corvettes. One of the places that sells "new Mustang bodies" licensed from Ford even said they were interested...

If it happens I would expect the non-Cobra space to jump first (really, there's lots more people interested in 65 Mustangs than Cobras). But so far...

Like Curley said, "I'm trying to think but nothing happens"...
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This whole thing is one of those "suppose they gave a party and noone came" things...

This has been in the pipeline for a couple of years. There was some early flurry around it. Manufacturers have had a lot of time now to dwell on it and prepare, expecting that it would eventually become law...

Noone signed up.

There was never a flurry of activity around the Cobra space.

There was some around some of the older classics like the early Mustangs and Corvettes. One of the places that sells "new Mustang bodies" licensed from Ford even said they were interested...

If it happens I would expect the non-Cobra space to jump first (really, there's lots more people interested in 65 Mustangs than Cobras). But so far...

Like Curley said, "I'm trying to think but nothing happens"...
So you know all the players in the industry and they all told you they are "not interested?" I am aware of 7 companies moving forward on production plans and I am personally involved with 3 of them.
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So you know all the players in the industry and they all told you they are "not interested?" I am aware of 7 companies moving forward on production plans and I am personally involved with 3 of them.
I'll guarantee you that if there was interest it would be all over the automotive press. It ain't. I'll believe it when I see it.
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This, from the bill, is perhaps the biggest barrier to entry:

4(B)(ii)[the vehicle]is manufactured under a license for the product configuration, trade dress, trademark or patent for the motor vehicle that is intended to be replicated from the original manufacturer, its successor or assignees, or current owner of such rights, unless there is a preponderance of evidence that such rights have been abandoned for at least three years".

The abandonment probably applies to Cobras (given Shelby's suit of ages ago) but the volume barrier remains. (I know I'll lose money on each one, but I'll make it up in volume.)

We'll see...
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All three I am involved/aware of are licensed by the trademark/trade dress owners. But the rights to build Crosley replicas is open so go for it!
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All three I am involved/aware of are licensed by the trademark/trade dress owners. But the rights to build Crosley replicas is open so go for it!
I'm not criticizing the law, only the expectation that it will turn the Cobra space into a new business model. I'm sure there will be some players in this space, I'm just doubtful that any of the major Cobra Replica folks will either abandon their "kits" nor add a complete vehicle line to their lineups in favor of a fully supported line of turnkey cars.

Why? It comes down to a TAM (Total Available Market) tradeoff. The Cobra market is fairly saturated with a cost point that is well known. Completed vehicles will add huge to that price due to the infrastructure costs. And since TAM for commodity products very nearly obeys entropy rules (TAM can neither be created nor destroyed, ie a buyer for a new commodity subtracts one from one of the others), I can't see anyone trading a well known business model for an unknown one. In other words, a line of completed cobras is not going to be supplemental to the total number of Cobras built.

Other cars could be successful. Good luck.

Can't think of any line that I'd be interested in with the possible exception of the Lotus 7 (in Prisoner dress) but Hillbank already sells the Caterham.

Doesn't Dynacorn have most of the Ford products already under license (Mustang for sure, and I think old Bronco)?

It'll be interesting to see the price band of vehicles built under this new paradigm.
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Jeez, how hard is it for someone to just buy a roller, buy an engine, and have a custom garage drop one in to the other? If someone really wants one of these cars, that's half the fun. I don't think this new rule is going to make a lick of change in the Cobra world.
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I'm not criticizing the law, only the expectation that it will turn the Cobra space into a new business model. I'm sure there will be some players in this space, I'm just doubtful that any of the major Cobra Replica folks will either abandon their "kits" nor add a complete vehicle line to their lineups in favor of a fully supported line of turnkey cars.

Why? It comes down to a TAM (Total Available Market) tradeoff. The Cobra market is fairly saturated with a cost point that is well known. Completed vehicles will add huge to that price due to the infrastructure costs. And since TAM for commodity products very nearly obeys entropy rules (TAM can neither be created nor destroyed, ie a buyer for a new commodity subtracts one from one of the others), I can't see anyone trading a well known business model for an unknown one. In other words, a line of completed cobras is not going to be supplemental to the total number of Cobras built.

Other cars could be successful. Good luck.

Can't think of any line that I'd be interested in with the possible exception of the Lotus 7 (in Prisoner dress) but Hillbank already sells the Caterham.

Doesn't Dynacorn have most of the Ford products already under license (Mustang for sure, and I think old Bronco)?

It'll be interesting to see the price band of vehicles built under this new paradigm.
There IS a market for these. There are people who want instant gratification as well as a Federally certified car with a WMI VIN will be easier to finance both for a retail buyer and for a dealer floor plan. As the VIN will show in VIN programs, banks will now see some collateral value in the cars, see what happens when you go to a bank with your state assigned VIN.......

As the #1 volume Caterham dealer in the US I can assure you that when we have certified "turn key" cars, we will have buyers. The current registration system turns many buyers off. Being a "Custom" or "Composite" model designation as well as the process and time involved in registering is a deal killer to some prospects. Being able to saunter down to the DMV with an MSO and bill of sale and have the VIN come up on the DMV computer will make some people happy.
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At the time this first came up the Chevy LS3 was the only engine certified and even that may have lapsed according to another forum. Ford had not submitted the Coyote. Someone said the new Godzilla was but I can't find evidence for that.

In any case, the Cobra manufacturing community doesn't seem too interested... Like I said (not sure if it was here or elsewhere) putting a vehicle into full production that meets these standards also involves a lot of stuff like warranties and service and support. It's not like a kit where the buyer gets it and about as much support as a toaster at walmart (Less, you can return the toaster).
Agreed, no current evidence the Godzilla (or Megazilla) is compliant, but the former is being installed in production trucks as I write this, so it may be little more than making the control module available (supposedly this spring). The Megazilla would be similar, though it's not currently being installed on the assembly line.
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Im worried these green new deal idiots will make gross polluters illegal under some emergency measure...This new regime scares the $hit out of me.
AOC, Extreme Limousine Liberal Kerry (Gore Jr.), or an idiot Governor (like ours here in CA), getting word that there is a 'protected' category of vehicles with ZERO emissions controls?

ONE Email to either, then they go to Executive Order Biden, and with a stroke of the pen FEDERAL Law prohibits 'Gross Polluters' which of course our cars definitely are...
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