Used Car of the Day: 2003 Shell Valley Cobra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 2003 shell valley cobra

Today's UCOTD is a unique one. This 2003 Shell Valley Cobra is titled as a 1967 Cobra in Maryland, where the seller resides.

There's a long list of stuff here, so we'll just hit the highlights. Under the hood is a 347 cubic-inch Ford small block making 415 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. The compression ratio is 10:1 and the heads are aluminum, and this car has hydraulic roller cams, a cast-steel crank, forged pistons, an Edelbrock manifold, and MSD distributor/coils/wires.

There's more, including a Ford Performance air cleaner, and the interior includes VDO gauges, a four-point harness, bucket seats, and a fire extinguisher.

The clutch and flywheel are Ford Performance units and Tremec T5 manual with a Hurst shifter. Out back is a nine-inch Ford rear end with a 3.5:1 drive ratio.

Fifteen-inch BF Goodrich rubber sits on American Racing wheels, there are four-wheel disc brakes and coil-over shocks.

The seller says the engine is new, and the car has been driven lightly, mostly to car shows like Cars and Coffee. The seller also has some spare parts available.

We've hit just the highlights here, for the sake of brevity -- the listing has a lot more details here. The seller is asking $26,940.

Check it out.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jun 30, 2023

    This is the brand I have. They are a decent build and the price is decent on this one.

    The tires are fine if you can control your right foot, but I would swap them for Bilboards or Avons.

  • THX1136 THX1136 on Jul 02, 2023

    Nice car for a reasonable price as Lou said. If I lived in a more temperate climate it'd be a fun car to have.

  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.