Superformance builds a variety of modern recreations of legendary Ford and Shelby vehicles, including the original Cobra and the GT40. That includes the Superformance MKII Roadster, which is a tribute to the very first Shelby Cobra, CSX2000. Now, the builder has donated one of these lightweight roadsters to the Petersen Automotive Museum, which the non-profit will auction off during its annual fundraising gala on September 26th in Los Angeles.
The Petersen has been closed since March 15th because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year’s fundraising gala will be a digital event broadcast online. The virtual event will combine many components of the museum’s famous in-person galas with special guests and auctions. The event will also feature 45 minutes of exclusive content and footage from the museum’s digital archive.
Like the first Cobra built and marketed by Carroll Shelby, the MKII Roadster up for grabs is a 289 “Slab Side” finished in Guardsmen Blue. The car is aesthetically and dimensionally correct to the Cobras built in Venice, California, and features authentic era touches like a brass windshield that’s nickel plated and chromed, along with a set of chrome bumpers, hood latches, headlights, turn signals, and the original style aluminum grille.
Serial #SPS0036 also has four-piston Wilwood disc brakes and silver wire wheels wrapped in performance tires. The roadster has a 388 horsepower Ford engine mated to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. The car’s drivetrain was sourced and installed by Sports Car Classics of Newbury Park, California.
The cockpit’s leather wrapped dash is adorned with period-correct Stewart Warner gauges that are manufactured new to the original size and laid in the correct location. The interior is finished off with a wood-rimmed Mota Lita steering wheel, chrome carriage style door catches, lined glove box, and chrome grab handle.
For those that aren’t lucky enough to snag this special machine at auction, the Superformance MKII Roadster, minus engine and transmission, starts at $69,900, but only 400 cars are built per year.