Weineck Cobra 780 at RM Auctions in ParisWed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
The phrase “fastest Cobra ever made” has been thrown around too often for our taste over the last…50 or so years. But we're going to say it now, possibly for the last time: How does 1,100 hp sound?
Weineck, a Germany-based tuning company, dropped a 12.9-liter -- 780-cubic-inch -- V8 in the famous body, for a run of 15 cars, all of which sold out. Luckily one person has had enough of looking at the brute; it's being sold at auction during RM's Paris event on Feb. 5.
The Weineck Cobra 780 gets dual Holley carburetors, a four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension and Brembo brakes. Torque is rated at 1,298 lb-ft.
Weineck says the Cobra can get to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and up to 186 in 10 seconds flat. It weighs in at 2,200 pounds.
The chassis is built on a MIG-welded, 4-inch tubular frame that is rigid enough to handle the power, according to Weineck.
The Cobra 780 is finished in dark gray with red stripes, and a massive hood scoop sits on top to force air to the carbs. Black wheels with chrome knock-off spinners sit at the corners, while side exhausts complete the look. Like the original, chrome rollbars protect the driver and passenger.
That's about it for protection; besides seatbelts, this car has no electronic nannies to rein in the driver.
When new, these cars sold for about $743,400, converted from Euros, though this one is only estimated to go for about $200,000, a relative bargain.
Check out more pics and information at the RM Auctions site. Thanks to Silodrome for bringing this to our attention.
By Jake Lingeman