Part of that plan is the paint job that this New Edge Cobra sports. The lower portion retains the car's original Mineral Grey hue, while the upper half is now done in Super Jet Black. A painted stripe separates the two shades, itself occupying the Toreador Red portion of the spectrum. The COBRA letters in the rear bumper are filled in this color, plus Prowler Orange and Super Jet Black, all fading beautifully from one into the other. The car that Shannon didn't even dare to dream about before was slowly becoming hers. Electrical work was completed and the front of the engine was torn apart and checked out. The interior needed some attention, including air bag replacement, but was pretty clean otherwise.
The entire rebuild process took about five months from start to finish. For all his years of restoring Mustangs and building street rods, there was no hesitation from Allan when we asked him which project he was proudest of. "This would be the one. Because my little girl helped out with it." That girl will start her senior year in Atlanta in the fall. For the last two years now, Shannon has been driving the Cobra and enjoying it immensely. "I love the fact that I'm a girl and I have a supercharged Mustang." When asked about any further modification plans, Shannon grows quite serious. "I know that others are going crazy with them, but I think this is a collectible car. This could be the next Shelby. For anything that I've changed, I've kept all the original parts also." Still, Shannon thinks that maybe there could be an exhaust system in the future.
Once the car was on the road, Shannon looked forward to hitting up a car show with her new Cobra... and not having to explain it to anyone. Allan was unable to go to that first show with her, so Shannon's Mom went along. The trick 2003 Cobra drew just as many admiring stares from guys as did her 1995 snake before it. This time, the comments went, "Nice Cobra. That your mom's?"
That's OK, because if you had this 2003 SVT Cobra for an investment of just $14,000, you'd be happy to explain to anyone that came along. Yep. That's the total investment to bring this snake back to life. Eight large of that total went to the insurance company and the rest for supplies, parts and a few subcontracted bits of work. When she hits up the shows now, she also brings along her photo album to help with the explanations. "It was exciting to know that my dad and I could rescue such an awesome car from the crusher," Shannon added. It seems that plenty of others agree, as she has brought several First in Class trophies home with her. That sounds like a good reason not to get too deeply into the modifications, after all bringing something back from the dead is a major deal by itself.
How Would you like to be driving around in a 2003 SVT Cobra that sports a custom paint job? Now, how would you like to be doing that for only $14,000? Shannon's Cobra in its original "modified" form was purchased from the insurance company for $8,000. About another $6,000 was spent on replacement parts, paint, supplies and outside services. That makes up the total out-of-pocket expenses. Of course, the car didn't straighten itself out, nor did the new body panels magically jump on and paint themselves. Once Shannon's dad had finished the structural restoration, she was able to start helping out.