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Old 12-15-2011, 10:45 PM
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I guess you might call the expected draw "optimistic."
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:31 AM
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That is wrong on sooooo many levels
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:34 PM
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Are you sure that shares a Cobra's DNA???? Has anyone lpeeked under its skirts?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:21 PM
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I grew up in Mercerville NJ where the orginial Mercer was built. Mercerville is next to Trenton NJ. I remember building a model of that 66 Mercer but never realized it was on a Cobra chassic. Wish I still had the model so I could see what the chassic looked like. I'm pretty sure the renwal company made the model. I saved all my instructions from all the models I built so I'm going to see what kind of pics on on it. I agree it is an ugly car. Mark
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Did Exner drink during the day?
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Truly beauty in the eye of the beholder .


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Agree, and remember this was built in 1965 so must have been extremely rad at the time. Obviously not everyone's cup-o-tea, but this is part of cobra history, one man's vision of a roadster using some authentic cobra donor parts. Ironically, the Mercer-Cobra is closer to the real deal versus anything members have here

The engine was a Ford 289 installed and purchased from Shelby’s stock of CSX chassis Cobras being built in the same time frame.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:24 AM
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The engine was a Ford 289 installed and purchased from Shelby’s stock of CSX chassis Cobras being built in the same time frame.
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No real Cobras were harmed in the making of this car.

Although it bears a CSX number (as it should), it was born as a bare chassis at AC and had it's wheelbase stretched.

Shelby took the order from Exner, a US customer... but the finished chassis was drop-shipped from AC to Italy, where the new body was crafted.

So they didn't scrap any of "Shelby's stock of..Cobras" and this pup never saw SoCal.
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No real Cobras were harmed in the making of this car.

Although it bears a CSX number (as it should), it was born as a bare chassis at AC and had it's wheelbase stretched.

Shelby took the order from Exner, a US customer... but the finished chassis was drop-shipped from AC to Italy, where the new body was crafted.

So they didn't scrap any of "Shelby's stock of..Cobras" and this pup never saw SoCal.

No real Cobras were harmed in the making of this car.
So they didn't scrap any of "Shelby's stock of..Cobras" and this pup never saw SoCal.

Just one fewer Shelby Cobra built, and a one Mercer-Cobra built in it's place
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From Computerworks first post on the subject:

"They purchased chassis number CSX2451 from Shelby and lengthened it 18 inches to start the build of this one and only 1965 Mercer Cobra." (my italics)

How was this done? Did they attach or splice a length of tubing onto the frame tubes? The framing that extends from the main tubes seems too light to handle additional weight, especially when the weight would be hung further from the point of attachement with the twin tubes.
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It's my understanding that the splice was done mid-ship to the main tubes.

Someone who knows more than me about that could verify that (I believe) they may have used sleeves inside the tubes to strengthen the joint.

This was also done (wheelbase changes) on at least one of the coupes during construction as well.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:56 PM
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Couple more pics of it I just stumbled on Just a Car Guy: Mercer Cobra
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Default Was this car ever "lost" and in bad shape?

I have only seen it nice and clean. I think when I aw it at Pebble Beach on the dream car lawn it was owned by a Gen. Lyons a local OC homebuilder. I was wondering if it every got decrepit and could be considered a barn find or if it was always kept clean?
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1965 Mercer-Cobra
Some additional info from my friend Peter Madle's web site
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No doubt this car is a far cry from the incredible lines of our Cobra's but to some it is a beauty.Would be a treat to meet and talk to the designer(s) and hear about the inspiration for this car and some of it's special features.
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Default Special Interest Autos (Mar-Apr 1977) article on CSX2451

The Mar-Apr 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos magazine featured an article about CSX2451, the Mercer-Cobra. This car sold at RM Auctions Monterey 2011 for $600,000 USD.






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