- Charlotte, NC
- 2 months
Every revolution creates a trend. Every trend has admirers. And for every admirer, there's a dilution of the revolution that created the trend in the first place. But, every once in a while, a trend is so powerful it not only becomes the standard for what's cool with a particular clientele, it also sets a baseline for the culture around that clientele. Like it or not, these are unspoken standards. With their tidy proportions and all-american athleticism, shelby cobras are certainly a standard in the sports car world. And the baseline for notable cobra builds is a lightweight body, ferocious ford power and somewhat conservative aesthetics. Bodywork/trim the pros at provo, utah's kirkham motorsports have gained quite a reputation for assembling serious performance machines. Founded when a hardcore enthusiast elicited the help of a polish plane manufacturer, the firm is well-known for creating precision tributes that, in roller form, currently fetch $100k. Commissioned in 2014, this polished roadster, officially known as a kirkham 289 fia hybrid, took roughly 1. 5 years to complete. An interesting and fun play on a 21st century buzzword, that title simply means the car marries an aluminum 289 fia body with a traditional 427 chassis. That union, which, in retrospect, seems like a natural tie-up, gives owners the glory of both race-winning looks and world-beating power. Detailing is crucial on a car like this because that's where others start to disappoint. Not surprisingly, this glare-inducing beast nails all the right visuals! At the front of the car, aluminum quick lifts float between chrome-trimmed headlights and amber parking lamps. A small hood anchors a riveted scoop in front of billet latches, polished wipers and a glass windscreen that's dressed in tinted visors and clear wings. At the sides of the car, finned heat extractors lead the eye to a monza-style fuel filler. And at the back of the car, a polished roll bar complements a chrome tag light, chrome-trimmed tail lamps, a locking trunk handle and two more aluminum quick lifts. Engine when this kirkham's owner decided to build a cobra, he wanted something that was powerful but well-mannered. And, even though 427s are lots of fun, they simply aren't that streetable. So, while this roadster is, like all kirkham 289 fia hybrids, founded on a 427 chassis, power is all small block all the way. Beginning life as a ford performance boss 302, the car's spry powerplant utilizes 363 cubic inches of displacement to twist 10. 2 to 1 compression into just over 500 horsepower. At the top of the engine, a shelby signature air cleaner drops wind through a 750cfm quick fuel double pumper that's backed by an electric choke, braided fluid lines and a quality quick fuel regulator. The resulting air/fuel mixture makes its way from an edelbrock rpm air gap intake to ford racing z-heads, which hide fluid roller rockers under polished breathers and shelby signature valve covers. Beneath those heads, a forged scat crank pushes forged scat rods, which balance forged mahle pistons at the sides of a hydraulic roller cam. At the front of that cam, an msd pro-billet distributor sequences fire between ford racing plug wires and msd 6al ignition. As combustion is sparked, resultant gases are jettisoned through $3k worth of stainless headers that were assembled by mp custom fabrication. At the front of those tubes, a polished concept one serpentine drive spins a polished powermaster alternator above a big edelbrock water pump. And in front of that drive, a beefy aluminum radiator runs coolant past a large-diameter puller fan and a billet kirkham expansion tank. Drivetrain/suspension one of the best things about buying a professionally engineered cobra tribute is the impressive hardware underneath. Behind the stalwart small block, a tremec tko600 5-speed makes excellent use of a modern driveline bellhousing, a hydraulic zoom clutch and a billet ford racing flywheel. Vented discs combine with quality wilwood calipers to provide confidence-inspiring stops. Modern rack-and-pinion steering makes low speed parking almost as easy as high speed sweeps. Exhaust makes haste through custom, side-exit pipes which, with the help of dei-wrapped spintech mufflers, create a smooth roar that's uninhibited by popping or flapping. And power meets the pavement through attractive knock-offs, which spin 245/60r15 futura gls super sports in front of 275/60r15 futura gls super sports. In front of those seats, a painted dash hangs full telemetry over standard driver ventilation and optional passenger ventilation. Below that dash, fade-free carpet frames simple hand controls between dei heat shield, fat man floor insulation and color-keyed floor mats. And in front of the driver, a wood-rimmed steering wheel spins polished spokes around a colorful cobra inlay. It's an adventuresome take on two of the most desirable cobras ever produced. Summary kirkham motorsports 289 fia hybrid listed in the shelby world registry 363 cubic inch ford performance v8 / all-aluminum construction / over 500 horsepower tremec tko600 5-speed manual transmission / hydraulic clutch polished kirkham 289 fia aluminum body / leather interior kirkham 427 chassis and coil-over suspension / 15-inch knock-off wheels wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes custom side-exit exhaust rack-and-pinion steering sale includes build receipts and component literature.
Belt Transmission✔ Electric Engine✔ Air Cooling System✔ 5-speed Gearbox✔ Custom disc brake✔ Leather seat