Choosing to build an AC Cobra Replica is not a simple decision.
Building a Cobra from scratch requires time (2-4 years it typical. 3 Months is possible), commitment and a serious budget (approx AUD$60,000). So we did a lot of planning and preparation.
The planning was neccessary to make sure we were both happy with the objective, and to be sure we'd considered all the options on the market. The time line for the project is currently something like this:
During the research phase we visited most of the 8 or so Cobra replica
manufacturers and we spoke to a dozen of the others that are scattered around
We eliminated the Robnell fairly early based purely on budget. There is no doubt that the Robnell Cobra is a beautifully built and fast vehicle, but the pricing was more than we could afford.A number of the other cobra models were based on older vehicle chassis' (like a Toyota crown for example), but we wanted a vehicle that was nicely balanced front to rear, and that would handle well and stop. In the end the Classic Revival Cobra was the best fit of price, performance, and handling, plus there seems to be a thriving community of Classic Revival builders out there that are only too happy to help and advise, and we've quickly discovered that this help - is priceless.