Cobra replicas are cool, but how about an even more unique European-inspired design that also has a V8 at its heart?
Take a good look at this 1962 Austin Healey Sebring 5000 replica, which like the Cobras, is filled with a performance Ford motor and that kind of old-world look that makes these Anglo-American hybrids so appealing.
The bold red instantly announces that this craftsman-style body has a wild side. The paint’s big gloss and shine not only emphasize the classic British elegance, but also it makes the most of the extra-wide fender flares that come on the fiberglass body. There are great vintage touches like the original Healey-inspired oval grille and classic wire wheels. But the wide tires signal plenty of added performance. So do the hood louvers. In total, it has a very cool style that certainly reminds you of a classic, but with a proper upgrade in attitude.
The interior shows how this replica upgrades the performance feel while also adding comfort. For example, you have a full convertible top and roll-up windows for true weather protection. There’s even a nice boot cover for then the top is down. The wood dash has a classic elegance with a clean look. And it also has upgrades like an AM/FM digital tuner with USB input and Pioneer speakers. So you get to listen to your favorite driving music crisp and clear. This has a terrific vintage performance feel with low-back bucket seats and a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel. There are more modern upgrades, too, like the Hurst shifter, racing harnesses, and a roll bar that adds safety and strength.
Under the hood is where the best upgrade is. Just like a Shelby Cobra, this Brit style gets a major power boost from a Ford V8. You have a tidy 351 cubic-inch motor that looks awesome filling every inch of the engine bay. Everything from the mesh screen air grabber to the Ford Racing valve covers show this means business. And it has enhancements like an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake to back up the powerful style. You’ll even spot an aluminum radiator w/electric fan to help keep this full package running cool. It fires up eagerly and makes a great sound out of the dual exhaust. Best of all, you are in complete control of it all thanks to a T5 five-speed manual transmission that was installed in 2019. This has a Mustang II-style front end, traction bars in the rear, and an overall lightweight nature that makes for a proper sports car. And features like power steering, power brakes, and front discs make it a solid all-around driver.
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