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Old 08-08-2006, 16:52   #1 (permalink)
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confused HELP!!!! Am I Being Taken for a ride?

I was cruising the web and fell upon this, http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2395779 Cobra for sale. I highly doubt it is authentic due to the engine size, the vin number and width of the body. If anyone can tell me how to "authenticate" a cobra please tell me. I responded to the womans reply stating I wanted the "original factory build sheet" all the vins from the block, the chassis, axle and body etc etc. I dont want to be taken for a ride. if you can help me out that would be great!!!

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Old 08-09-2006, 02:14   #2 (permalink)
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Re: HELP!!!! Am I Being Taken for a ride?

This will not be an original cobra but will be a replica.

It doesn't say it's an original but many of the parts are original style.

The VIN is not a genuine Cobra VIN

The body is handlaid fibreglass whereas originals are aluminium.

I'm not sure why it has "427 BB when the engine is a stroked 302.

The car is a replica but if those pic's are of the car then it is quite a nice job and looks good for that sort of money.

My advise is DO NOT pay any money to any person unless you have viewed the car and are satisfied that it is what you want to purchase.
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Thanks Lance, you just saved me alot of time and money, I was thinking about going down there to see the car and possibly buy it. Again thanks for the help!
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Thanks Lance, you just saved me alot of time and money, I was thinking about going down there to see the car and possibly buy it. Again thanks for the help!
No problem. It doesn't seem they were trying to trick anyone as they never advertised it as a genuine original and gave very good details on how the car was built and included the VIN.

If you are looking to buy a genuine Cobra then you will need to prepare yourself for paying alot of money. There are alot more replica's built out there than originals as they are a very cool machine and some of the replicas such as the one you linked to are done quite nicely. You can also feel happy about taking one out driving whereas a genuine Cobra is so rare and valuable that I doubt many would be driven except for maybe a club day.

Genuine USA Cobra VIN's start with CSX
UK start with COB and those sold outside USA and UK start with COX.
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