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F355FTS 01-08-2019 04:54 PM

How do you answer, "Is it real?"
This question is directed towards cobra owners, who's cobras are in the registry. CSX, Kirkhams, ect

If its just someone who doesn't look well informed what it even is I just reply yes.

Since they are in the registry, that's real in my book. I usually follow it up with it's a continution car, it's what you get when you buy a new one today.

If it's someone who is semi genuine and curious and seems knowledgeable, and we have time to chat, "not at a stop light" I go into all the details.

Most people seem lost after explaining things to them though.

Iam always surprised at how few people even know what a Cobra is.

twobjshelbys 01-08-2019 05:00 PM

For most people the answer is "It's not an original 60's version". If the person continues the q&a session and seems to have knowledge then the history of the continuation/replica might be meaningful, but by that time, my gas tank was full and I had to go. I would usually drop the names of the manufacturers and if they genuinely were interested they could research on their own.

PS. This is NOT the first time this has been discussed and in the past it has resulted in some heated and often hateful discussions. Hopefully things have settled down a little.

ACademic 01-08-2019 05:31 PM

“Why, yes, it’s a real very well built replica.”

rodneym 01-08-2019 08:23 PM

Heated and hateful discussions? I haven't seen one in a while.
I think most members here are beyond the age having an ounce of testosterone left.

bobcowan 01-08-2019 08:47 PM

Q: "Is it real?"
A: "You see it too?"

Ron61 01-09-2019 02:39 AM

I just tell them if you can see anything and touch it then it is real but that my car is not one of the 60s originals. Most people just thank me and look the car over.


Dwight 01-09-2019 04:38 AM

I had a couple of "is it a kit car" questions lately.

My responds was that when I first learned about kit cars I though I could buy a frame and body with 20 or 30 boxes of parts and put it together. I did not know I needed a welder, grinder, band saw and a degree in engineering for the suspension, fuel flow, brake system, coolant system, etc. etc.

Chicagowil 01-09-2019 05:02 AM


Originally Posted by bobcowan (Post 1456393)
Q: "Is it real?"
A: "You see it too?"

I love it!
So my type of response- as a certified "old man" now, I usually give a smart ass response to questions that should not even be asked! My wife then asks why I can't act more adult at this age? I respond, "I'm old, tired and since retired, no longer have to worry about what people think of me". Of course she points out that has somewhat always been true!:LOL:


peterpjb 01-09-2019 05:07 AM

"no, its a shall-be"

KDubU 01-09-2019 05:50 AM

It’s a replica, plain and simple.

66gtk 01-09-2019 06:25 AM

"What kit is that?" and "Is that a kit car?" are very common questions at stop lights and such. I think I'll use "Tinker Toys" for my answer during the 2019 season and see how that plays.

Come to think of it, that might be a good license plate.

Moto One 01-09-2019 06:32 AM

I just tell them what it is. Simple. I'm not ashamed of it or what it is.


kevins2 01-09-2019 07:20 AM


Originally Posted by Moto One (Post 1456408)
I just tell them what it is. Simple. I'm not ashamed of it or what it is.


I agree with this. If someone asks if it's a replica or even a kit, I respond yes. At the top of ERA's website are the words "Manufacturing Extraordinary
Replica Kits Since 1981". If the words "replica" and "kit" are good enough for them, I'm certainly fine with that.


jhv48 01-09-2019 07:58 AM

Damn, I miss Evan.

PNJSNAK 01-09-2019 08:49 AM

Q: Is it a real Cobra or one of those “kits”?
A: It’s real to me, but yes it is a kit.
If they continue to ask questions, I answer the best I can.
If they act like a you know what, I ignore them, or ask them to move along.
If that doesn’t do, I tell them your chances of seeing a “Real” one at a local car show isn’t going to happen.

Jim Norris 01-09-2019 08:59 AM

In my experience the people who ask if it's "real" already know what a cobra is and are not asking if it's a real car, they are asking if it's an original. My answer to them is "no, it's a replica" or sometimes "no, it's a kit". They always respond with: "It's beautiful man" which makes me smile.

fastd 01-09-2019 09:49 AM

what people are really asking is: can you tell me a bit about your car.

I say it's made by ERA and it's better than the original!

Cobra #3170 01-09-2019 09:52 AM

Real or not
Scott has a pretty funny response because we get "The Question" all the time.
Sometimes phrased as what is the difference, he says "1 more 0".

ACademic 01-09-2019 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by Cobra #3170 (Post 1456421)
Scott has a pretty funny response because we get "The Question" all the time.
Sometimes phrased as what is the difference, he says "1 more 0".

More like “1 more comma.”:3DSMILE:

I have too much respect for those that own/afford the real ones to diminish their claim to real status. So call mine what you want but it’s not an original therefore not a real one either.

RodKnock 01-09-2019 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by rodneym (Post 1456390)
I think most members here are beyond the age having an ounce of testosterone left.

Uh, speak for yourself. :p

There's nothing wrong with telling folks that it's a kit. In CA, they're all classified as "Specially Constructed Vehicles, including kits."

For some reason in the Year 2019, kit is still a bad word. And we have to parse the % of completion when purchased from a FFR to CSX/KMP/SPF/ERA. :rolleyes:

There must a 100+ threads on this subject. :confused:

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