Founded in 1995, Factory Five Racing has come to dominate the world of Cobra kits. FFR has produced thousands of kits over the years and continues to improve on an impressive package.
The Factory Five Mk4 Roadster is the world’s best-selling replica of all time. The Mk4 Roadster is designed to accurately reproduce the looks of the legendary 427 Shelby Cobra, keeping its essence intact while using modern technology, parts and materials to improve performance, reliability and comfort.
There are also some specialty models available to build:
- Factory Five Mk4 289 USRRC Roadster is based on the Mk4. The differences between are subtle, but those changes add up to make the 289 a very unique car. A gentleman’s racer, the Factory Five 289 USRRC is smaller and more precise.
- Factory Five Mk4 Challenge model is the competition version of the Mk4 Roadster. This model is engineered to be used in wheel-to-wheel road racing, drag racing, and is eligible for NASA’s Factory Five Challenge Series.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at factoryfive.com
Factory Five Racing
9 Tow Road
Wareham, MA 02571
Unique Motorcars offers replicas of both the 289 Model and the 427 Model. The most popular kit they sell is the Deluxe Pallet Kit. The Deluxe Pallet Kit consists of a powder coated chassis with all 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, rack & pinion steering, radiator, fuel tank, with brake and fuel lines installed at the factory. The body is bolted onto the chassis, and all doors, hood and the trunk lid have been installed, hinged and properly fitted. The lights, windshield and dashboard are installed, and the seats leather upholstered, and all pre-cut & edged rug pieces and door panels are finished ready for installation. The roll bar is installed, and the side pipes are bolted in-place. The custom headers for your choice of engine are included with the kit as well.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at uniquemotorcars.com
230 E. Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35903
ERA Replicas was founded in 1981 and produces replicas of the 427, 289FIA, and ERA 289 Slabside. The company’s component kits are very well engineered, designed, and constructed. In fact, ERA Replicas is known in replica circles as being very authentic reproductions of the original British-American Shelby Cobras.
ERA 427: The ERA 427 is a visual clone of the original Cobra roadster. ERA prides itself on getting the small details just right. The ERA 427 is available in two basic styles: The standard competition version and the optional street version.
ERA 289FIA: The ERA 289FIA is a visual clone of the original 289 race car. The body shape is indistinguishable from the original down to the smallest details. The standard competition version has jack pads, special instrument layout, forward braced roll bar, and racing bucket seats in a bare interior.
ERA 289/USRRC: ERA also builds a variation on the basic 289FIA. This model is designed after the 289 as raced in the USRRC series, sponsored by the SCCA, with only a small windscreen and dimple-less trunk.
ERA 289 Slabside: The 289 Slabside’s body is an accurate fiberglass replication of the original street car. The 289FIA’s suspension has been modified so that original (width and offset) wheels fit properly under the narrow bodywork. Slabside Manual Supplements
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at erareplicas.com
608-612 E. Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051
In 1983, Buford Everett purchased an original mold of a Cobra body and the tooling for the Cheetah Chevrolet race car’s chassis from Dean Morrison, in Chicago, IL. Everett married the Cobra body with the Cheetah’s chassis and had a Cobra replica.
In 2007, Everett Morrison’s founders brought in new management and sold Everett Morrison to Julie Fenimore. In addition to all the enhancements made to the Generation-IV Cobra, Everett Morrison upgraded its customer service and marketing functions.
There are three forms of Everett Morrison Generation-IV Kit: Phase 1, Phase 2, and Accessory & Driveline Package. When all three packages are ordered together, everything needed to achieve a Cobra is yours, with the exception of wheels, tires, engine, and paint. Optional components are also available.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at everett-morrison.com
2800 Nolan Road
Baytown, Texas 77521
Shell Valley Motors and Shell Valley Fiberglass were founded by James Swoboda in 1970. In 1997, Rich Anderson purchased the company and then acquired a Cobra replica competitor, Midstates Classic Cars & Parts, from Bob Kallio in 1999. In 2007, Rich he introduced the Generation II Cobra that combined the best aspects of the Shell Valley Cobra and the Midstates Classics roadster. Ownership changed again in 2009 when Travis Roth bought the company’s assets and formed Shell Valley Classic Wheels, Inc.
Shell Valley manufactures a number of classic kit cars, but they are best known for their 1967 427 Cobra replica kit.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at shellvalley.com
Shell Valley Classic Wheels
23119 287th Street
Platte Center, Nebraska 68653
In 2015, Dennis Cahill purchased an LS-427 kit from Lone Star Classics. Dennis fell in love with the car and eventually acquired Lone Star Classics to create Ultimate Classic Cars. He moved the tooling and staff from Lone Star Classics to Boerne, Texas.
Ultimate Classic Cars rebranded the Lone Star Classics’ Cobra replica as the GT-427 and improved the production capability by adding new body molds and new frame jigs. They have a new steel supplier that laser cuts all material to the exact specifications. Their new GT-427 has an even larger passenger compartment than previous models for increased passenger comfort.
They offer two GT-427 kits:
- GT-427 Roadster Base Kit
- GT-427 Roadster Complete Kit
One of the coolest things they offer is an on-site build experience for your car. You can choose to assemble the kit yourself, but they offer owners the chance to participate in a 10-Day Build. Ultimate Classic Cars will provide the space, tools, and professional expertise to assist with the build of your kit. At the end of the 10-Day Build, the kit will be complete with the exception of body prep and paint.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at ultimateclassiccars.com
Barry McGill was half owner of B&B Manufacturing for 20 years with Bryan Anderson. They parted ways in late 2008 and Barry started McGill Manufacturing.
McGill Manufacturing is producing similar 1966 Cobra replica packages to the B&B Manufacturing lineup:
- Turn Key Minus Package
- Pro Builder Kit
- Stage 3 Cobra
- Stage 2 Cobra
- Stage 1 Cobra
- Fiberglass Body Package
- Tubular Front End Package
- Rolling Chassis Package
- Base Frame Package
- 9″ Rear end Package
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at mcgills-streetrods.com
9945 Raccoon Road
Granby, MO 64844
The original Hurricane Motorsports hit the ground running in 2005 and quickly gained respect from enthusiasts for quality and completeness. Unfortunately, they had to shut their doors after a 3-year run in 2008 with the downturn in the US economy. Scranton Manufacturing, a McLaughlin Family Company, purchasing the inactive Hurricane Motorsports on September 21st, 2010. Over the next couple of months, Scranton Manufacturing would reincarnate the Hurricane moving the operation to a new state, hiring an expert from the car’s past, and developing improvements to the production process.
The Hurricane Roadster continues to be known as one of the most complete and original looking kits on the market today offering a well-built 427 Roadster with an improved frame and body and all-new components.
For more information on these kits and components, visit the company’s web site at hurricane-motorsports.com
313 South Hancock Street
Lake City, IA 51449
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