1965 "Mercer" Cobra CSX 2451
The brass era of automobiles. Early 1900's Mercer Raceabout was the
original inspiration for the "Mercer" Cobra
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The car is longer and heavier than the standard 289 Cobra. It does not have the speed or handling of the Cobra and wouldn't be expected to. I think the fact that the car ran and drove at all was an afterthought. This was built as a showpiece. Some Cobra purists don't like the car because,well, it doesn't look like a Cobra. Tough beans! It is an extreme design meant to capture the imagination and in no way was really meant to practical. The Mercer Cobra is without a doubt one of the most unique vehicles produced in the 60's and is a fantastic piece of Automotive history.
My opinion for what its worth is that the $660,000 sale price was a bargain. OK, for those of us who live in the real world, $660,000 for any car out is insane and saying $660,000 and bargain in the same sentence is nonsense. However, in the collector car world where rare cars are treated as works of art I believe that the buyer got a great deal!
A very young me along with Atlanta newspaper columnist Ron Hudspeth and the Mercer Cobra
Notice the retractable headlights are open for this pic. You can tell by the hair and fashions this was definitely the 70's
That me standing by the left front fender with my hand in my pocket...
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