Sidchrome’s latest project is complete, the winner has been drawn and the immaculate, custom-built Cobra in Sidchrome red is on its way to its new owner, Jarrod Pryor of NSW. Last issue we showed how Python Vehicles Australia was building the next Sidchrome project car – an eye wateringly beautiful Shelby Cobra replica. Now, just a few months later, we’re holding back a small, salty tear as we gaze in awe at an impossibly gorgeous custom vehicle.
The car fired up without fuss, and was much quieter with the road-legal exhaust than it was with the sidepipes fitted for the car’s showing at Summernats 30. A six-speed Tremec works through a Hurst shifter, and Python head mechanic Joe Imperatori warns that with the tall 3.3:1 gears the Cobra required a delicate balance of throttle and clutch to get away smoothly. “One thing we’ll do before we give the car to the owner is put some 3.9s in it,” he said. “That’ll make it nicer to drive around town. You don’t need those tall gears on the highway with a six-speed.” Sidchrome has been involved in some nice builds the Kombi of a couple of issues ago was a great example but the work and finish on this Cobra is truly mind blowing. There’s a nice Clarion Bluetooth stereo tucked out of sight, with a circular-shaped marine controller beside the ignition key. The motor has plenty of poke, and everything works the way it should. The team at Python has built over 100 Cobra replicas, refining and improving techniques as they go, so this car should be easy to service too. Great care was taken to make sure everything is accessible. It’s been a pleasure for the team to swing the Sidchromes on this project. This is the second of these amazing custom Sidchrome project vehicles we’ve seen built and they’ve both been complete showstoppers.