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Standard Equipment

  • Shelby High-strength hand laid fiberglass composite.

  • Show quality paint available in assorted colors.

  • Original Halibrand Style 15” Pin Drive wheels.

  • Windshield wipers, wind winds & sun visors.

  • FIA trunk with dimples or USRRC trunk with no dimples

  • Original style hand crafted windshield frame chrome over brass & windshield wipers.

  • Moto- Lita wood steering wheel original design.

  • Adjustable Driver’s seat.

  • Aluminum Cock Pit Interior

  • Shelby Vinyl Seats & Dash Surface.

  • Original style pedals, catches & fittings.

  • Original USRRC style dash layout as per CSX2431 or FIA style dash layout.

  • Original style pedals, catches, fittings, shifter and hand brake lever.

  • Sun Visors, Side fitted wind wings with driver’s side and rear view mirrors.

  • Original style latch and lock seat belts.

  • Heavy duty TIG welded ladder frame chassis with crumple zones

  • Fully independent front and rear suspension with half shafts and Jaguar differential 3.54.

  • Wilwood® power-assisted vented disc brakes (Shelby Calipers: Front-4-pot & Rear-Single-pot)

  • Aluminum, single core hi-performance radiator, shroud, dual fans, oil cooler and braided lines.

  • Aluminum finished firewall which dissipates engine heat.

  • Monza style filler with Locking gas cap.

  • 16 gallon pressure tested stainless steel fuel tank.

  • Exclusive Shelby CSX7000 sequence number.


  • Painted LeMans Stripes

  • Transverse Nose Team Stripe

  • Painted Meatballs

  • Bumper Set

  • Quick Jacks

  • Side View Mirror

  • Special Interior (Leather Seats, Dash, & Map Pockets)

  • Heater\Defroster

  • Fresh Air Ventilation Box

  • Detachable Steering Wheel

  • Glove Box

  • Door Map Pockets

  • Grab Handle

  • Cobra Mats

  • Seat Belt: Upgraded to a 6 Point Harness

  • Oil Cooler

  • Coolant Tank, FIA Style

  • Oil Vapor Separator Tank

  • Differential Oil Cooler System

  • Non-Standard Differential

  • FIA Style Exhaust and Headers-Steel

  • California Sports car Specials (subject to availability)

  • Tonneau Cover

  • Custom Car Cover

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The Superformance MKII FIA bodywork replicates the European FIA regulated form but is here produced in fiberglass. While every one of the FIA cars differed in some small way from the others, one of the identifying characteristics were the different colored stripes painted across the fenders and hood of the Team Shelby cars.

The Superformance MKII FIA features the larger Le Mans type fuel filler placed almost directly behind the passenger’s seat to enable easier pit refilling. Just like the originals, cars may also be fitted with a small wind deflecting shield to prevent fuel being sucked out and into the car at speed.

More fuel was required in the endurance-racing FIA cars, so a special long-range fuel cell was fitted in the trunk. Because the FIA required there be enough room in the trunk for a regulation size suitcase as well, two dimples had to be "engineered" into the boot lid for it to close properly. Legend has it that the first dimples were actually created when the aluminum trunk lid was slammed shut over the luggage by a frustrated mechanic. The reserve fuel switchover valve has been placed on the floor between the driver's legs just in front of his seat.

The hood of the Superformance MKII FIA also gets special treatment. The rivets that appear on the front of the hood were there to prevent the aluminum from being torn off of its frame at high speed. This was known to happen on the originals, due to the high pressure build-up in the engine compartment. The fender air vents helped to alleviate that problem and to remove excess heat from the engine compartment as well. Fiberglass air scoops are also fitted in three locations to feed cold air onto the front and rear brakes as well as into the cabin foot wells.  

Because of the use of larger tires on the FIA cars, the rear and doors were modified to accommodate them. Cut back doors and a more bulbous rear appeared, and the front fenders were flared even further to cover the larger front tires as well. Oil coolers for both the motor and differential have been fitted. Rondel illuminating lights were fitted on the sides of some of the originals for night racing and are available here as well. A roll bar has also been fitted with a forward angled support tube brace bolted to the chassis in the passenger’s foot well. No carpets were fitted and all other trim was also removed.


Wheelbase: 90"

Length: 151.5"

Height (Top of screen): 45"

Width (Overall): 72"

Track Front: 53"

Track Rear: 53"

Fuel Tank: 14 gal.

Front Wheels: 15" Dayton 70 spoke knock off

Rear Wheels: 15" Dayton 70 spoke knock off

Tires-Front 205/70 R15

Tires-Rear 205/70 R15

ZF Limited slip differential, ratio 3:46:1

Salisbury differential, ratio 3:54:1

Chassis: Round Tube

Body: Fiberglass with steel tube reinforcements

Body Reinforcements: Beneath doors, hood and trunk

Front Suspension: Transverse leaf spring, Spax adjustable shocks

Rear Suspension: Transverse leaf spring, Spax adjustable shocks Steering: Rack and pinion

Pedal Box: ¾ clutch master cylinder, 2x ¾ brake master cylinders with balance bar

Front Brakes: Wilwood 4 pot dynalite

Rear Brakes: Wilwood 2 pot with handbrake incorporated

Exhaust system: Twin pipe rear exit

Instrumentation: Stewart Warner

Interior: Motolita steering wheel, leather/vinyl seats

Weather: Optional soft top, side screens and tonneau cover

Recommended engine & transmission: Ford 289/302 based with TKO 600

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To truly replicate the cornering feeling felt by the racers of the day, the chassis had to be as close to the original as possible. Unlike other manufacturers, the engineers of the Superformance MKII FIA have resisted the urge to make the ride “better” by fitting a reinforced chassis or unequal length control arms with coil-over shocks. Instead, only small functional changes were made for safety or practicality purposes. In fact, the original AC drawings of the chassis, springs, shocks and body dimensions were used to form the necessary jigs.

The 3” pipes have been tig and mig welded with computer assistance to guarantee a safer and stronger chassis than the arc and gas welded originals. The chassis is just about as close to the original as possible in this modern day. Building the cars with a meticulous eye on authenticity took time, but in the end, we feel that effort pays off in a superior driving experience for customers.


Under the hood of the originals resided a race 260 or 289 equipped with Webers. Only the first 75 cars were fitted with the 260 before the switch to the 289. The FIA cars also featured a Harrison radiator expansion tank (sourced from a 1963 Corvette) that was fitted above the transverse spring, and side exhausts that exited at the rear of the doors.


The FIA dash was altered by leveling the two shorter elements on either side of the center stack. This allowed the steering column to be dropped to give a more comfortable racing position as well as making enough space for the 3-3/8" Stewart Warner tachometer to fit above it. In this position it was more visible to the driver. The rest of the instruments were replaced by the larger 2-5/8" gauges and arranged differently on the dash. The speedometer, for instance, has been relegated to the passenger side. The bottom of the dash also features an upturned lip for strengthening, which also helps cure cowl shake. Strangely the grab handle remained, possibly to meet the FIA production regulations.


To compliment an original chassis you need to follow the same rules when it comes to the suspension. It had to be period correct, or as close as possible. The original slab side had a transverse leaf spring style suspension which requires different length springs to change camber settings we decided to use heim joints which were used on some of the original competition cars.

Another change with regards to safety was to add an additional pick-up point to the chassis to increase the shear strength of the bolt passing through the lower control arm rose joint or poly-bushed rod end. The original springs were made of thinner steel than that available today. In an effort to keep compression rate the same, this car comes with one blade less and “free camber” was changed to keep the ride heights equal from front to rear. This insistence on authenticity means that owners of a Superformance MKII Roadster will have virtually the same driving experience as the original.


3rd hood latch

Front and rear brake ducts/scoops

Front spats and rear flares

FIA style fuel filler cap with base

Race correct early cobra badges

Hood scoop with rivets

Bungee cord washers

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Bob Spencer

It is very rare that I would take the time to write a review, but in this case I am compelled overwhelmingly to share my experience of purchasing my Superformance FIA Cobra.


After decades of contemplating building a replica Cobra, I decided to instead purchase a Superformance Cobra. The main reason is, I felt that to obtain the high quality fit and finish of the Superformance, I would be spending very close to the same dollars to get the same quality and I would have to do the work of assembling the car, wiring, sourcing parts and building the engine.


As luck would have it, there were several NEW Superformance FIA Cobras on the market in the fall of 2020. After contacting several dealers, I booked a trip to South Carolina with my 12 year old son to visit Downforce Motorsports. Probably the main reason, I decided on Downforce was because the Owner, Dan Long, had questioned me on the purpose for the car. Ie was it going to a street car or what? My answer to Dan was the car will be MOSTLY track and some street. Dan then reviewed with me the options he felt were appropriate for a track car vs a street car AND WHY. The knowledge Dan communicated to me on the differences between a street car vs track car made my decision to work the Dan easy. He gets it. He understands, there are big differences.


While meeting with Dan and his wife Anna in South Carolina, it was clear my son and I were dealing with truly wonderful, knowledgeable people. During that meeting in Dec 2020 we bought the car, and that was just the start of the continued customer service. Dan had arranged for me to meet with Prestige Motors for the engine build and Olthoff Racing for engine install and suspension set up. By April of 2021, I was testing the car at Virginia International Raceway with my son cheering me on. After spending a few months getting used to the power/weight ratio, we changed the alignment for aggressive track use. I have competed in 3 events that included autocross and roadcoarses in 2022 and have won my class at each event. Dan Long has kept in touch during my Cobra adventures and is always helpful when I need advice or resources.


If anyone is interested in purchasing a Cobra, Daytona Coupe, or GT40, I would highly recommend contacting Downforce Motorsports about Superformance.


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Vinny Giglio

I've been dealing with Dan for the past 2+ years.  I immediately fell in love with his passion for Superformance cars and cars in general, and his ability to think outside of the box with his builds.  I've purchased 6 cars from Dan to date, both used and new and have 3 more cars on order.  I love having a conversation with Dan and the excitement about the future build and I can always rely on him to have great input on color combos, what engine to use, etc.  He actually listens to what I'm trying to accomplish with a build, somehow completely understands and feels that vision alongside me, and then makes suggestions that I would have never thought of that end up making the car something I could have only dreamed of.  Its the small details that matter, and the ownership experience of the Superformance brand is nothing short of amazing, and Dan truly helps bring the experience to the next level!  I currently own a Grigio Silverstone GT40 Mki and a 1st gen Daytona Coupe in Guardsman Blue and White, and also have a Cobra MkiiiR, a GT40 mkii and Daytona Coupe on order.  I'm very thankful for Dan and his knowledge and have enjoyed becoming friends over the years as well! 

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