Factory Five Racing Forum banner

1 - 2 of 2 Posts

25 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
1966 Cobra Replica by Arntz Engineering

I have for sale a 1966 Cobra replica by Steve Arntz Engineering

Steve Arntz was one of the pioneers of the Cobra replica industry and is one of the first replicas available on the market.
His cars were normally always powered with a Chevy motor and the engine was set back a lot farther in the chassis than the original cars for better weight distribution.

The car i am selling is a bit of a time capsule.
It has less than 1300 miles since being built in the 1980's (you can read the story of the cars history from the original builder below)

It has a new Doug Nash 5 speed trans
New Rebuilt Jag XKE Rear end with limited slip and Wilwood brakes
New Rebuilt MGB front end with Mustang Brakes and Porterfield R4S brake pads
The engine is a crate motor built up as described below.
The wheels are Genuine British Compomotive true split rims. 12 inch in the rear and 10 inch in the front.

The car drives very nicely with a nice complaint ride. It can easily light up the rears at almost any time.

The car has a clean blue Texas title (ASVE 2014) and is currently registered.

I am asking $33,000 USD OBO

Myself and the car are based in Texas in NW Houston

Please PM, Email [email protected] or call me at 267 216 8083 for additional pictures and any additional information you want.

Many thanks

Ben Warren

From the original builder.

“The story of this Cobra starts back in ~1980. I had been thinking of building for a couple of years and was familiar with the Arntz product. This was back when the Cobra replica was in it's infancy. I was saving money and by the time I was ready to make the plunge, Arntz was falling apart.
A couple of their former employees soon formed a company called G & R Engineering. They located in Sacramento where I lived. Turned out they had a couple of bodies and frames they finagled from Arntz. After some negotiation, I purchased a frame (#173) and body and agreed to have them source and install the front and rear suspension.
Months passed as they were working on 5 or 6 cars at the time. I monitored their progress and complained often about the slow things were going.
I showed up one day after work for a visit and found the business locked up by the sheriff. Lots of stress at this point. I had to hire an attorney to convince a judge that my frame, body, suspension bits were materially whole and belonged to me and not G & R. The judge released these pieces to me. On a side note, I was one of the few that was successful in obtaining my car. Other owners were completely screwed.

Now I have the car at my house and am considering my options. I came across Bennett Cobra in Hayward, Ca. I met with Bob Bennett and he agreed to pick up where G & R left off. Bennett built the car to ~90% completion.
I finished off the details and went through the gantlet that is the CA motor vehicle (DMV) and smog system. Six months later I got the tags for the car and could drive on the street legality.

It's now the late 80's and I started my own business. All my attention and free time went into building the business and the cobra was rarely driven. I eventually put the car in mothballs and registered it as a non-operating vehicle.
Fast forward 25 years or so and I decide to get it running. Sorted a few things and it fired right up. Then I went to the DMV to resurrect the license. Somewhere in those 25 years the DMV lost the VIN and had no record of the car!
In the end, I didn't relish the idea of going down the registration process all over again (especially since the rules are much stricter now than then) so i sold the Cobra to a guy that had an upholstery shop in the San Francisco area. This was late in 2014.

My vision at the time was to keep the look as understated as I could. I felt the body shape along would garner more attention than I wanted.
The car as shown in your posted pics on Cobra Club looks materially the same as when I sold it. The mileage is probably accurate. I think it had only a few hundred miles on it. I remember it had only around 300 miles on it when I took it down to have the speedo calibrated.

Regarding the drive train, the motor (long block) came from Racing Head Service, 350 cu. In Chevy. It was a rebuilt crate motor .060 overbore. It has a 268 Competition Cam in it. Compression ratio is somewhere around 9:1.
The transmission was Doug Nash (now Richmond) 4 + 1. I believe 5th gear is straight through (1:1) so that would make it a very close ratio. It was purchased new. Clutch might have been a balanced Velvet Touch unit.
Front suspension is a combination MGB with maybe Mustang II brakes. Rear is a modified XKE with Limited Slip.”

Taken from a blog by the current owner of CSX3193
“The history of CSX3193 gets interesting at this point. Max made a verbal agreement with Steve Arntz to do some horse trading on the cobra. The short story is that Steve was to repair the body work and completely repaint the car. In return Steve would be given the opportunity to “…make a fiberglass mold of the front of the car for replacement parts for another foreign car…” This agreement did not go as planned and after a protracted period of time, the car was delivered back to Max with a relatively poorly done "bondo fix" on the nose and the body completely coated with a fiberglass mold releaser agent in lieu of a paint job (i.e. not repainted), dash removed, and numerous other “problems”. This created significant animosity between Max and Steve. Although not confirmed, it is assumed that the molds taken from CSX3193 were used as the basis for the Arntz Cobras produced in the early 1970s.”


1 - 2 of 2 Posts