build concept of your Cobray-C3 is very straightforward and may be best
described as a re-body rather than the assembly of many altered or collected
parts, creating a kit. It is possible to drive your donor into the
shop and drive out with your Cobray C-3 without replacing the entire drive
train and suspension. Most people do splash the chassis with chrome
and powder coating, but the choice and how much is yours. Your Cobray
C-3 has 4-wheel, 4-piston disc brakes, 4-wheel independent suspension and a
great front to rear weight distribution. The wheelbase is 98 inches or
8 inches longer than a Shelby Cobra and is also 5 inches with 30 plus years
of technology over cars produced in the late 60's. The average Cobray
C-3 can be built and completed for less than $24,000 including your labor.
This is for a car with all new or rebuilt components, interior, paint and
driving down the road. You can spend more, much more, but for $24,000
you have the high quality and reliable car of your dreams.
all of the receipts and take lots of photos to document your build. If
you ever break while on a cruise your could take this car to any dealer for
repair or find the part in the smallest town. If built with multiple
donors or parts from certain year groups, only you need to remember what
model or year group a specific part was removed from before repair.
Our build concept uses a complete chassis as designed by the manufacturer.
If the aftermarket upgrades are used it is still for a 1968 to 1982
Corvette and its chassis may be the best documented car ever produced
because of its popularity and length of continuous production. The
service manual provided to with the purchase of your Cobray C-3 will walk
you through any procedure in great detail. General Motors spent
millions of dollars refining and improving this chassis design. The
decades of improvements are very well documented with several companies
fighting for your upgrade dollars.
also offers our customers rebuilt sub-assemblies on an exchange basis and at
a discounted price to help you with your build. When you become a
Cobray family member you have several benefits and discounts available for
you because you joined our family. Special or collector Corvette items
are expensive the the items that you are looking for are very inexpensive
and easy to locate.
taken the legendary performance and handling and given it a sexy new body
resulting in a 2,500 pound rocket ship. You are not limited to a GM or
Chevy engine in the Cobray C-3. We offer adapter plates that allow
most common engine combinations to be used. In addition to the cost of
the adapter plates, expect additional costs for custom headers and side
pipes as a few examples. The choice of engine and transmission
combination is totally yours.
Corvette body is secured to the chassis at 8 mount locations and at the
bumper mounts. The entire body can be simply removed as one unit from
your donor chassis. Your new Cobray C-3 body is secured to the frame
using the factory mount locations and hardware. Our floor tub and body
are laminated together creating and incredibly strong and precise structure
that is sealed from heat, fumes and moisture. Bolt the body to your
chassis, reinstall the steering column, wiring harness, fuel system and
interior and you are ready to go.
computer designed spring and shock package is available from CNV calibrated
to the new gross weight, weight distribution and the new front to rear
ratios. The use of stock spring and shock values will make your Cobray
C-3 ride like a buckboard, so replacement of these components is a must.
CNV has a complete suspension package that is surprisingly inexpensive while
providing you with race ready performance and the adjustability for any
track. Stock or OEM suspension items like rubber bushings are within
pennies of aftermarket polyurethane items in many cases, so we point you in
the right direction so that you can make your own choice.