Things Are Getting Interesting On This Episode Of “Tarp Find Cobra”. Staring Dr Phil.
If you have a keen eye, and the Katz gang and Terry Fiest sure do, they have noticed a small detail in the photos of the Tarp Find Cobra. Can you spot it?
Okay its a geek question, but a huge one. The filler tank is on the incorrect side. UGH? What is that about, or Aboot? Its a Canada joke. mmmmm. This Tarp Find is gonna be a mind twister for sure.
According to the experts, there are 12 un-accounted Cobras out there. And to take it further, a story of a damaged one that was a very special one shipped to Canada. The details are starting to paint a rather exciting picture. Remember we are all discovering this in real time ish. The Cobra is not back at the Marina to really be dug into. They do know its a VERY early one. Do we dare say it? Could this be? The……
Stay tuned for more from the ongoing drama. Tarp Find Cobra. This is getting like Who Shot Jr? Oh man Dr Phil is getting serious!
This is high drama that only Woody Boater can deliver!
Are you suggesting #1?
I have a story about Cobra’s from my childhood. I will send it your way and see if it worth making it into a story or if it would simply make a good comment.
Gas cap. Special order for left-handed owner…
There’s another detail you missed. Did you catch it? Can’t believe you missed it. All Canadian Cobras were shipped with the lifting rings running fore and aft not port starboard. A little know factoid to reduce air resistance during shipping.
Not the first time that a photo has been unknowingly reversed
The Is’nt It Great Tag would be reversed. I like the Australian idea though!
It can not be a Canadian boat. I don’t see any fenders hanging over the sides!!!!!!
Because there aren’t any American boaters around to bang into it.
Reverse-rotation engine? Would make sense to place the gas filler on the starboard side (dockside) if the boat turns better to port vs. most inboards that turn better to starboard.
Can’t tell from the pics but maybe where the fuel tank vent is located might be opposite from standard production boats. That might indicate the factory installed the tank facing the wrong way?
Or.. maybe this boat was supposed to go to Australia or S. America. Or maybe Mr. Karlson has the rite idea
This boat also has dual exhaust compared to the 18′ Cobra on Kats’s website. So probably a V-8 of some kind. Tell me I should be looking in my mailbox for a pack of woodyboater wieners.
Maybe a special order to make it a bit easier to pull up to the gas dock? Need the card to see.
The filler is on the same side as the driver…so when refueling, the driver can stay in his seat and hold onto the dock while the gas jockey fills the tank. And since they didn’t have stupid debit cards or smartphones, the owner merely had to give the attendant a fiver, a quick push, and bingo, he was off and back to the races.
say what you will, the Cobras were not user friendly….the whole rear part was just for looks and you could not even crawl out on it or sit on it or anything…fueling up would be a two man job for sure given the contours of that body style. The is a great story though! Keen to learn more.
John in Va.
Matt, filler cap is not on left side! Port, man, port.
Clearly there was an issue of some sort- the filler is on Stbd, the driver Stbd and a TRIM TAB on Stbd as well! First time I’ve seen that on a Cobra… It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds! Any way you look at it – What a find!
52 18ft Cobras were built in 1955, and this tarp find cannot be #18001, if the following link is true….
Could be BR21001. That would give Seth the first and last Cobra!
Crazy. Model makers put fuel fillers on both sides. So much for originality….
What’s under the other tarp in the background??
How bout a hull #? Too much suspense!
In response to the idea that it is 21′ -001, at least on the Continentals, they numbered them all sequentially, regardless of the length. At least I am pretty sure that is what I saw when looking them up.
According to the Essential Guide (AKA The Bible) there were 51 18′ Cobra’s ranging from BR-18-001 to BR-18-051 and 55 21′ Cobra’s ranging from BR-21-001 to BR-21-055.
Prior restoration and someone put the tank in backwards from normal?