Fellow Woody Boater Guy Boucher sent us in some VERY cool shots and a bit of history behind this cool set up. It’s fantastic to see Bills Cobra continue on her life as a jaw dropper and crowd pleasure. Here is Guys note to us! Take it away Guy.
I must have looked and talked with everybody that had or previously owned a Cobra for two years before finding the most complete original one that I could find, with the Chrysler hemi and dual carburetors along with the original cradle and the 1957 Foreman MFG trailer.
I had many phone conversations with Mr. Bill Nicholson and his wife before he passed, who had owned the Cobra since August of 1955 for over 53 years. Serial #BR21-005. This cobra was on the cover of “The Brass Bell” in the spring of 2005 Volume XXI #1 along with the story “The Return of A Legend” from when it was shown for the first time in 1955 and when Bill Nicholson brought it back to the Chicago Boat Show in 2005.
My car is a 1957 Chevrolet named “El Capitola” after the capitol of Sacramento, California. It was entirely constructed and fully customized in Carmichael near Sacramento by Sam Barris and then brought down to Linwood at George Barris’ shop where it was painted by Junior Conway.This was the last custom car that Sam and George collaborated together. It went on to win the “Full Custom Elegance Award” at the Oakland roadster show in 1960.
Guy restored the car after he retired from racing in Top Fuel. When he found the car, it still had all the radio controls on it and it took 5 years to restore it.