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Lot 10

2005 Weineck Cobra 780 CUI Limited Edition

  • Chassis no. 150312BW

Sold for €61.600


1,100 bhp, 780 cu. in. V-8 engine with dual Holley carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,286 mm

  • The ultimate Cobra
  • One of only 15 produced
  • Massive power and incredible performance at 1,100 horsepower
  • Capable of 0–300 km/h in 10 seconds


Perhaps the most replicated car of all time is the Shelby Cobra, and for good reason. With victories everywhere from Le Mans to rural American drag strips, it captivated automotive enthusiasts all over the world. Not only was its performance fantastic, but it was also one of the best looking sports cars to come out of the 1960s. As a result, an original Shelby Cobra is often outside of most enthusiasts’ budgets and many companies offer replica versions for those looking to enjoy the looks and performance of one of the world’s iconic automobiles at a lower price.



However, some believe that there is much that can be improved upon in Shelby’s original design. Weineck, a German-based company known for building cars with incredible performance modifications, was one such company that not only believed that they could improve upon the original Shelby Cobra but also that they could build the ultimate Cobra. The Weineck Cobra 780 CUI Limited Edition was produced in 2005 as the brainchild of master engineer Klaus Weineck, and it is unquestionably an incredible machine.



The most remarkable part about the car is its engine. The car is powered by a re-engineered American V-8 that was built either with the best race car components from makers in the U.S. or those fabricated in-house in Germany, and it produces 1,100 horsepower. The car’s massive bonnet scoop is certainly not for show, as an engine that is 12.9 litres in capacity, topped with two massive Holley carburettors, needs space to breathe. This level of power in such a light platform, just 1,000 kilograms, obviously provides startling performance, and the Weineck Cobra can accelerate from 0–300 km/h in 10 seconds and from 0–100 km/h in less than 3 seconds.



The chassis was built on a MIG-welded, self-supporting, four-inch tubular frame that provides a high amount of torsional rigidity to handle the power and torque of the engine. Weineck utilised the wider 427 Cobra body style and installed a modern independent suspension to cope with the sheer amounts of power and 1,760 Nm of torque that its drivetrain is capable of. The coil-spring suspension, combined with specially engineered Brembo brakes, helps the driver to control the incredible amount of power and torque available.



Finished in grey with dark red stripes, the cars looks are certainly as menacing as its performance. The Weineck Cobra provides perhaps the most visceral experience one can have on four wheels, as it is devoid of all electronic aids that are normally featured in automobiles with such high horsepower. Perhaps Pistonheads’ review of the car summarises the unique driving experience of the Cobra best: “The thunder of the big V-8 and the ever increasing velocity of the wind past the car and through your hair becomes an all-encompassing, sensory bashing experience. It is like being at the epicentre of a nuclear explosion—except that you have a good chance of living to tell the tale”.



The Weinech Cobra has been brilliantly engineered so that its driver can convert the massive horsepower to heart-stopping performance. Weineck only produced 15 examples, and this is an as-new delivery-mileage example, making it just as rare as it powerful. For the adrenaline junkie who believes that there is simply no replacement for displacement, there is no better car to own, and as Pistonheads put it: “It’s like sitting on a rocket with wheels”.






Moteur V8, 12 792 cm3, 1 100 ch, boîte manuelle à quatre rapports, suspensions indépendantes avant et arrière à flexibilité variable, quatre freins à disque Brembo. Empattement: 2 286 mm.



  • La Cobra suprême
  • Une des 15 produites
  • Puissance massive et performances incroyables (1 100 ch !)
  • Capable 0-300 km/h en 10 seconds




Si la Shelby Cobra est sans doute la voiture qui a suscité le plus grand nombre de répliques ce n’est pas sans raison. Victorieuse partout, du Mans aux dragstrips les plus reculées, elle a enflammé l’imagination des passionnés d’automobiles du monde entier. Non seulement, ses performances étaient fantastiques, mais elle fut toujours un des modèles de sport le plus attirant esthétiquement des années 1960. Rien d’étonnant qu’une Shelby Cobra originale ne soit plus à la portée de la majorité des passionnés et que de nombreuses firmes en propose des répliques à des prix plus abordables aux amateurs de l’une des voitures de sport le plus emblématiques du monde.



Pourtant, certains estiment que la Cobra originale de Shelby peut être amélioré sur bien des points. Weineck, firme allemande réputée pour ses fabrications de voitures modifiées capables d’incroyables performances, est une de ces entreprises qui a non seulement cru pouvoir améliorer le type original de Shelby, mais aussi produire la Cobra suprême. Produite en 2005, la Weineck Cobra 780 CUI Limited Edition, née du cerveau du maître ingénieur Klaus Weineck, est tout simplement une machine incroyable.



L’élément le plus remarquable de la voiture est son moteur. Celle-ci est propulsée par un moteur V8 américain modifié, reconstruit avec les meilleures pièces compétition d’origine américaine ou fabriquées maison, qui délivre 1 100 ch. L’immense prise d’air de capot n’est pas là pour le look car un moteur de près de 13 litres de cylindrée surmonté de deux énormes carburateurs Holley a besoin d’espace pour respirer. Ce niveau de puissance dans une structure légère, pas plus de 1 000 kg, ne peut que donner des performances ahurissantes : la Weineck Cobra peut accélérer de 0 à 300 km/h en 10 secondes et de 0 à 100 en moins de 3 !



Construit sur la base d’une structure en tubes de 4 pouces (101 mm) soudés au MIG, le châssis affiche une résistance à la torsion exceptionnelle indispensable pour absorber la puissance et le couple du groupe. Utilisant le type de caisse plus large de la Cobra 427, Weineck a installé des suspensions indépendantes modernes calculées en fonction de la puissance et des 1 760 Nm de couple passés par la transmission. La suspension à ressorts hélicoïdaux à variation continue combinée aux freins Brembo spécialement mis au point permet au pilote de contrôler mieux le couple et la puissance disponibles.



Peinte en gris avec bandes rouge, l’aspect de la voiture semble aussi menaçant que ses performances. La Weineck Cobra permet sans doute l’expérience la plus viscérale susceptible d’être vécue sur quatre roues car elle est dépourvue de toutes les aides électroniques qu’on trouve généralement à ce niveau de puissance. L’avis de Pistonheads sur cette Cobra résume le mieux cette expérience : « Le grondement du gros V8 et l’accroissement infini de la vitesse du vent qui dévore la voiture et arrache vos cheveux se transforment en une expérience sensorielle des plus éprouvantes. C’est comme si on était au cœur d’une explosion nucléaire—excepté que vous de bonnes chances de vous en tirer pour le raconter ».



Brillamment conçue pour que le pilote puisse transformer cette énorme puissance en performance à couper le souffle, la Cobra n’a été produit qu’à 15 exemplaires et celle-ci n’a pratiquement que son kilométrage de livraison, ce qui en fait une machine aussi rare que puissante. Pour l’accro à l’adrénaline convaincu que rien ne remplace la cylindrée, il n’y a rien de mieux. Comme l’a bien dit Pistonheads « on a l’impression d’être assis sur une fusée à quatre roues ».

Addendum

The car comes with an old German fahrzeugbrief and fahrzeugschein; however please be aware that import duties are payable on the full purchase price.

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