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#1 CJE

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 13:05

I don't know all the details on this car, but it's quite a story. The car was run in 1953 by the Williams Brothers at Bonneville. It set a speed record for its class at around 160MPH (which is absolutely incredible given the extremely crude nature of the car!). The car was parked in a garage immediately after the record run for various reasons and had not been touched or moved in over 53 years!! Just a few weeks ago, the car was purchased by a collector and moved to his garage. Luckily, it will remain 'untouched' and will not be restored.

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#2 Hse289

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 16:09

Cool pictures, sorry to distract, could,nt help noticing the Cobra in the first picture. Paul

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 16:47

No problem. If you're a Cobra fan, you'll enjoy these. The garage I visited before this one contained 10 authentic Cobras, including an "FIA" car. The guy also had a 60's top fuel dragster and several period hotrods ... all in the garage behind his home. His garage was featured in a book called "Ulitmate Garages".

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The owner's 'daily driver' is this original 289 survivor ....

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#4 Hse289

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 17:23

Wow, great pictures CJE, being a fan i recognize the owner from books, tv etc . That yellow/cream Cobra CSX2307 was featured in the book "The Cobra in the barn" . Paul

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 14:06

Lovely cars, lovely garages. I hope to go and photograph the Bonneville Speed Week some time - looks like a lot of fun - fantastic array of vehicles and a truly amazing setting.

#6 HistoricMustang

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 22:20

CJE,

Is that Cobra this Cobra?

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 09:27

Ha, that's uncanny - right down to the sterring wheel being slightly out of alignment. Surely it has to be the same one.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 11:34

The FIA Cobra above was built from the remains of CSX2259. It was wrecked at Sebring in 1964 when Bob Johnson got into a nighttime accident with a car that was racing without running lights. Parts were salvaged from the burnt wreck and used later on to recreate the car.
CJE, thanks for those Deuce photos, that roadster is awesome.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 20:37

Originally posted by smarjoram
Ha, that's uncanny - right down to the sterring wheel being slightly out of alignment. Surely it has to be the same one.


Yes, even the angle that both photographs were taken is rather unique.

What a great restoration!

Henry