Don Roy
August 1, 2006
Photos By: Tracy Stocker

You can see that Shannon, a part-time fashion model, isn't afraid to dig into the dirty work. And dig she did. Body panel prep work isn't easy, particularly when your objective is to have the car look better than it came from the factory. That never slowed Shannon down, who kept at the job until her fingers bled. So there you have the blood and the sweat. What about the tears? Yeah, there were some, but there's no need to go there. There is also no doubt that this particular Cobra is going to occupy a special place in the Shepley household - forever.

What Made It So Right?There's Power, and then there's everything else. SVT endowed the 2003 Cobra with (an underestimated) 390 HP. "One-dimensional cars don't fit the SVT philosophy," said John Coletti, at the time, "and this is a very, very nicely balanced car. This car isn't just about straight-line performance. That's the key. You can go touring in this Cobra and it's very comfortable and easy going. It has the finesse to drive and handle well in the twists and turns, as well as on straight roads."

Shannon Shepley's 2003 Mustang Cobra

Ford 4.6 liter DOHC V8

Engine Modifications
Bassani catted H-pipe

Tremec T-56 6-speed transmission

Factory rated 390 HP, 390 TQ

Fully restored from accident

Fully restored from accident; custom two tone paint job, Super Jet Black over Mineral Grey with Toreador Red separation stripe

Original dark charcoal leather with suede inserts

Steeda Sport Springs; Bilstein struts and shock absorbers