Jim Smart
November 1, 2007
Photos By: Mark Houlahan

Negsted, Bamford, and Shultz developed a fully independent suspension for the Superformance chassis. It closely resembles Negsted's and Klaus Arning's work from the '60s-an unusual A-arm design that still works well today. When you mix in Bilstein and H&R coilover shock technology coupled with refined power rack-and-pinion steering, you have an unbeatable system that makes a Superformance SPF Coupe handle like it's on rails. Stopping grunt comes from power-assisted Australian PBR disc brakes. Cast-alloy 18-inch wheels and Nitto tires present an all-business FIA persona.

Shelby's own Pete Brock shaped the Daytona Coupe body into a perfect aero form. It's a super-slippery, lightweight composite body that penetrates the atmosphere with a minimum of drag. There are no bumpers to disturb the slipstream: Everything about the darn thing is aero, including the mirrors.

Although it's easy to call the Superformance SPF Coupe a kit car, it's really not because it arrives at your door as a rolling, painted, ready-to-complete automobile-just install your favorite wheels and powertrain.

This is all Jim Weigle of West Virginia had to do when he ordered his SPF Coupe from Olthoff Racing in North Carolina. Weigle's passion for this '64 Superformance SPF Coupe can't be underestimated-he lives and breathes fast cars. In his stable are other fast rides: a '98 Dodge Viper GTS-R, a '64 Fairlane Thunderbolt, the first Factory Competition 289 Cobra, a '64 Fairlane 427 restomod, a CAV GT-40 MkI replica, a '70 Shelby GT350 replica, an '05 Mustang GT with a 427 SOHC engine swap, and an '07 Ford GT Supercar in Tungsten Silver [I wonder if Mr. Weigle will adopt me-Ed.].

The SPF Coupe has all the creature comforts of a modern sports car, with the authenticity of 1964.

The heart and soul of Weigle's Superformance Coupe is Jack Roush's own 427IR Windsor block V-8. Because Roush has a natural bend for {{{Ford}}} power, he knew how to package this custom-built crate engine. Imagine a turnkey crate engine from one of the greatest names in Ford history. We're talking 560 hp, nearly 550 lb-ft of torque, 10.25:1 compression that performs on pump gas, a Ford Racing E303 hydraulic-roller camshaft, a stack injection system, and more. Behind the Roush 427 is a Tremec T56 six-speed designed for traffic, road racing, and the open highway. Power meets the road at a BTR Hydratrack differential sporting 3.46 gears.

Inside, the SPF Coupe closely resembles the high-end Daytona Coupes Shelby built a long time ago. Stewart-Warner instrumentation has been chosen for authenticity and accuracy, with rich leather appointments for comfort. Wrap-around bucket seats yield unbeatable support and comfort. A heated, tinted, and shatterproof windshield provides aircraft-caliber safety and visibility.

Weigle says he didn't buy this car with budget in mind, but it didn't set him back that mucheither. This is an affordable, ready-to-run sports car the average Joe Six-Pack can buy, finish, and enjoy. "This car has the exclusivity of an Enzo Ferrari without the cost," Weigle says. "It's a grand touring supercar capable of 200 mph.

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