Used Car of the Day: 2003 Shell Valley Cobra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

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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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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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.

  • Buckwheat It seems like there should be SOME market left for a domestic intermediate or full-size sedan. I have a CUV, a Camaro, and a couple pickups, but I would buy a new car immediately if somebody built a car similar to my 2000 Lesabre. It's a beater but is quiet, rides smooth, has good outward visibility, great comfy seats, 30 mpg highway.
  • Ravenuer Just curious, will the next installment cover the 59-60 Italian made Caddies? They're my absolute favorite Caddy.
  • Lorenzo Yes, more sedans, but NOT "four-door coupes" with low, sloping rooflines. There's a market: The Malibu sold only 39,376 in 2021, but 115,467 in 2022, and130,342 last year. Surely GM can make money at that volume, even though it's the 4-D-C design. Auto executives need to pay less attention to stock price and more to the customers.
  • 1995 SC The sad thing is GM tends to kill cars when they get them right, so this was probably a pretty good car
  • Mason Had this identical car as a 17 year old in the late 90's. What a ball of fun, one of many I wish I still had.