Owner: J.Paul Nesse
Occupation: Sculptor
Location: Stillwater, MN
Model: Superformance Mk-III Roadster
Car_Number: 2491
Odometer_Miles: 6,500
Year_Car_Built: 2006
Car_Receive_Date: November 2009
Purch_From: John Lineberger
Car_Purpose: Daily Driver
Color: AC Racing Green

Engine_Builder: Mark Ray
Engine: 302 style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 306
HP_and_Torq: 330/345 (est)
Cyl_Block: 5.0
Cyl_Heads: Edelbrock Performer
Induction: Holman-Moody
Compression_Ratio: 9.5:1
Best_Fuel_Mileage: 19
Top_Speed_Seen: 145 (speedo)
Longest_Trip_Driven: 725 mi

Transmission: Tremec 600
Rear_End_Ratio: 3.73
Rims: Halibrand Pin Drive
Tires: Goodyear
Date_Submitted: 11/9/09
SPF_Owner_Since: November 2009
Other_Details: upgraded carpeting with leather trim
Other_Mods: I have copied the AC 289 European export car of  the 27 made.

My interest in the Cobra story began in childhood.  I was aware of the AC Ace with it's Bristol 6 and lived the whole of Carroll Shelby's driving career and his first Cobra. Ultimately, my career as a sculptor put me in contact with Shelby and I have completed bronzes of most of the Shelby cars, including a bust of Carroll. In 1990 I purchased an ERA 427 and very carefully rendered an S/C with a sideoiler tunnelport 427.  I had the car 9 months, was offered all of my investment plus 5 grand.  I took it.  The car was wonderful, but at age 40, I didn't like the persona.  After I had completed the car, I regretted not building a "street" version, which would have suited me better. I read about Superformance and their products and found #2491 just as I would have ordered it, but for color.  I bought it and had it stripped and repainted in my choice of color.  I'm delighted with the car.  The build quality is remarkable.  The balance of the small block with the chassis is very pleasant and I expect to put a lot of miles on it.

J.Paul Nesse Sculpture