Owner: Dennis Patton
Occupation: Biomedical Engineer
Location: Herndon, VA
Model: Superformance Mk-III S/C
Car_Number: 1750
Odometer_Miles: 22,440
Year_Car_Built: 2003
Car_Receive_Date: Nov 1, 2003
Purch_From: Olthoff Racing (new)
Car_Purpose: Weekend Cruising
Color: Kaktusgruen  Mica

Engine_Builder: Roush
Engine: 351 windsor style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 392
HP_and_Torq: 412hp/421tq (dyno)
Cyl_Block: Sportsman
Cyl_Heads: Ford GT 40 Turbo-Swirl
Induction: Holly 750
Compression_Ratio: 9.7:1
Best_Fuel_Mileage: 23 mpg
Top_Speed_Seen: 140 mph on tach
Longest_Trip_Driven: 1200

Transmission: Tremec 3550
Rear_End_Ratio: SPF Std 3.73
Rims: 15"
Tires: M/T F:26X10, R:28X12
Suspension: Bilstein coil over shock
Date_Submitted: 02/14/10
SPF_Owner_Since: Nov 1, 2003
Other_Details: One of two Mk III this color

Since 1969, when I first saw a real 427 Cobra in Indiana and later in 1977 in California where there were two 289's and one 427 in Los Gatos, I have always dreamed about driving and owning the "Snake".  I could identify a Cobra with only the front fender or tail light in view. For the prospective owners, the SPF dealers can usually put you in contact with an owner in your area. Checking out the fit and finish, talking about maintenance and dealer support, and discussing handling and driving are the best way to judge the car. You'll probably find SPF owners always ready to talk you ear off and probably offer a ride.  Maybe even a chance behind the wheel. From Washington, DC area, we've tripped to the NC Outer Banks, Lowes Motor Speedway, NC, Thunderbolt Raceway, NJ, Virginia Intl Raceway, VA, and Fort Wayne, IN.  The Cobra usually gets 20 to 23 mpg on the road at 70 mph.  We find the seats very comfortable for 2 to 3 hour sessions. I once asked Dennis Olthoff whether the SPF Mk III had any handling issues.  He said that it just goes where it is pointed. The SPF suspension is superb. Maintenance is very simple compared with modern cars. Oil & filter, tires, and brake pads. We find the hard top a nice addition for winter weather and usually use the soft top for travel in the warmer months.  Unzipping the rear window and removing the side curtains makes for a nice sun shade on long, hot trips. This car, with its 6 pounds per horsepower, is an astounding vehicle.  Beauty, handling, performance - what more could you want!