• Sep 20, 2006


If you thought 50 Cent was crazy for taking his Lamborghini to Alsa Corp to be painted with a chrome finish, you will flip when you see this. For about 17,500,000 pennies, you can own this Cobra replica that's been skinned in copper. The aptly titled Copperhead Cobra is an example of the roadsters that Kirkham Motorsports has hand-built in a former Polish jet factory. Kirkham Motorsports' claim to fame is its aluminum bodied cars, which utilize the same skills necessary to create an aluminum skin on a Mach 2 capable aircraft. The factory in Poland used their expertise to apply sheets of formed copper over the steel chassis. David Kirkham et al also created a '40 Ford convertible based on the Ford GT with sheets of this brilliant material. Copper certainly is taking off as a fashionable material for the home, but this special Cobra is truly one of a kind.

Thanks for the tip Mike.

We took the liberty to snags some more photos from the seller's gallery, you will find them after the jump.



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 38 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can you imagine the temperature that car must get sitting in the sun all day!?! It's like sitting inside of a copper cooking pan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      CORBA - Common Object Request Broker Architecture
      • 8 Years Ago
      @03trdblack:

      Dunno, that car must have an insanely high albedo, I'm sure the interior wouldn't be that bad at all. Besides, it's not like the greenhouse effect will occur on the interior - it's an open car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      11. 10 - the article clearly states it is a replica and that the body IS copper, not paint. Did you even bother to glance at the article before asking this?

      No, actually I was just skimming through Autoblog and looked over this article rather quickly in my free time at work. So yes, it probaly was a pretty stupid comment and I excuse myself for not reading the article so thoroughly.
      Stan
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupid.There is no way possible any clearcoat will protect from sun,rain,snow,freezing weather,And any polishing will quickly wear out the coating.Nicks from gravel...
      It might as well have been coated in cheese.Just a P.R. stunt.
      Stephen Wraga
      • 8 Years Ago
      The article states that the aluminum pannels have been replaced by copper pannels. How does this affect the car's handling and its top speed?
      Frenchie
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like this car, and I know it is protected so as not to turn green as it oxidizes. The car is quite shiny and in a light copper (new penny) color, on sunny days it will reflect the sun, this will cut down on some of the heat. The darker the car the more heat the car absorbs. The car is also OPEN so the heat is minimized. Finally I am sure that who ever ends up with this peice of auto beauty will keep it inside a garage with climate control, and polish it often.
      gkz
      • 8 Years Ago
      10 - the article clearly states it is a replica and that the body IS copper, not paint. Did you even bother to glance at the article before asking this?

      Also, to those who wondered about the copper oxidzing... it is fairly straightforward to clearcoat the metal to protect its finish. from the pics it appears that this company does pretty good work; i'd be very surprised if they didn't take the time to clear it. compared to the work it must have taken to make the copper panels, clearing it would be quite inexpensive and easy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice of them to dust it off for the pictures huh... no wonder no one bid!
      Wes edwards
      • 8 Years Ago
      I owned a true Cobra in 1972 a 428 cobra jet I wish I still had it, but now I know why cooper has gone up so much lately.I'M just glad I don't have to build a car in cooper. I will stay with fiberglass,TEXAS CITY,TEXAS.wES EDWARDS
      Mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      First thing I would do is get that crap off the car.
      Gary
      • 8 Years Ago
      The copper is gorgeous, but, I'd rather use the money to slip a Winston Cup engine under the hood !!
    • Load More Comments