Owner: Randall & Diane Thomas
Occupation: Race fabrication shop owner
Location: West Bend, WI USA
Model: Superformance Mk-III S/C
Car_Number: 455
Odometer_Miles: 40,000
Year_Car_Built: 1999
Car_Receive_Date: Oct 2002
Purch_From: Private party (used)
Car_Purpose: Cross Country Travel
Color: Yellow / Black

Engine: 351 windsor style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 351
HP_and_Torq: 385 HP (dyno)
Cyl_Block: Iron 1974
Cyl_Heads: Alum Ford GT40
Induction: Barry Grant 835 Race Demon
Compression_Ratio: 9.5:1
Best_Fuel_Mileage: 23.5
Top_Speed_Seen: 141 (speedo)
Longest_Trip_Driven: 3,450 miles
Transmission: Tremec 3550

Rear_End_Ratio: Ford 8.8" 3.73:1
Rims: Trigo 15x7 & 15x9 polished
Tires: Goodyear 255/60-15 & 295/50-15
Suspension: Cobra Valley QA1 350 lbs
Sway_Bars: RT/AFR 24mm (f) 22mm (r)
Date_Submitted: 10/23/09
Current_SPFs_Owned: Mk-III #1002       
Past_SPFs_Owned: Mk-III #729 4,500
SPF_Owner_Since: May 2000
Other_Mods: R/T Suspension mounts,
                  R/T Ball joints, cruise control

I already have an Indigo Blue/White Superformance Cobra with a 527 big block, and absolutely love it. Two years later, while I was not looking for another Cobra, a friend of mine needed to sell his car for some money and I thought I'd help out by buying the car and holding it for him until he decided to buy it back again. That never happened, but owning a Superformance is never a problem since you will always find a buyer at a good price for one of these cars. One thing I forgot to mention... when I told my wife we were going to pick up the new car that weekend, she says, "what car?" Oooops. I think I might have forgot to tell her. "Well... it's your car, honey!", I said. As you can imagine, she didn't buy it. One thing that's kind of funny is I never liked yellow. The only thing worse to me was yellow with black. So I got the whole deal. But after a while, I really came to like the color and others really notice it, especially in a sea of blue and silver Cobras. As things go, I quickly added upgrades here and there and pretty soon it was a a really unique car, but before we were going to sell it we decided one late Friday night to take a road trip across the country. We did not know where we were going, we just looked at the clouds in the sky and headed in the opposite direction. A week later we found ourselves having gone through Iowa, Nebraska and as far as deep in the Colorado Rockies. On the way back we passed through Wyoming and Minnesota after spending some time the Black Hills and the Badlands of South Dakota. 3,500 miles and a week later we get home and after unpacking, I asked my wife if she wanted to go out to Dinner. I headed to our Ford Excursion and she says, "Aren't we going to take the little car?" (that's what she calls the Cobra). I thought she would have been be tired of sitting in that little thing for so long but, nope! She missed it already. We both did. During dinner she says "we're not going to sell the little yellow car, are we? I like it now." That's quite a turn around from the week before where she said, "we can't keep that many cars, one of them has to go." So, we decided to sell our immaculate and incredibly fully restored DeTomaso GT-5 Pantera. Most would think it would have been smarter to keep just one of the Cobras and the Pantera instead, but the only thing more satisfying than a Superformance Cobra, is having two of them! It's great to have one Cobra that is pristine in show and truly radical in performance, as well as another Cobra sitting there prepared and ready to go anywhere across the country, on any road, at anytime, in any weather as a daily driver. Funny thing is, it still looks as good as any pristine show car even after years of driving down gravel roads, sand, mud, rain, snow, hail and even through river stream crossings, and all it has ever felt was periodical cleaning of the paint with Windex & paper toweling. These cars are just amazing, & still not a squeak or rattle at all. Bottom line is, it's so much more enjoyable working on & driving the Superformance that even the prestige & mystique of the Pantera, was not enough to make it's match.