Clive Sutton brings world’s only Shelby-licensed Cobras to UK


December 14, 2021 By Mike
Last updated on December 14, 2021
  • Orders open for right-hand drive continuation or replica Cobras for mid-2022 delivery
  • Sutton specifies 5.7-litre and 7.0-litre V8 for MkII and MkIII Cobras respectively
  • Addition of Superformance range completes Clive Sutton’s Shelby offering

High-performance and luxury car retailer Clive Sutton has extended its coverage of the Shelby range by bringing the world’s only Shelby-licensed Cobras to the UK. Clive Sutton offers three right-hand drive versions of Cobra continuation and replica models, which are meticulously recreated by Superformance, the world’s leading producer of the legendary 1960s sports car.

The MkII Slab Side, MkIII and MkIII-R Cobras are an exquisite celebration of the iconic racer. They bring ‘60s style to modern day buyers with the latest engineering, build-quality and reliability that today’s buyers expect. In addition to the latest construction methods and enhancements such as a modern braking system, customers benefit from a Clive Sutton two-year / 30,000-mile warranty.

The Clive Sutton team fit the MkII with a characterful 5.7-litre ROUSH engine, while the MkIII and MkIII-R have a 7.0-litre V8 unit from ROUSH for powerful performance and a suitably rousing noise. This unit benefits from being significantly lighter than the original big-block V8 from the 1960s, meaning the performance and handling of the Sutton MkIII Cobras is even more rewarding than the original.

Clive Sutton, Founder and CEO: “We have a long history with the Cobra, so it holds a special place in our hearts. Many of our customers grew up adoring this model, so we’re confident of a warm reception for our Cobra range. Offering the world’s only Shelby-licensed Cobras is a source of great pride and we can’t wait to share these special vehicles with enthusiasts everywhere.”

Priced from £124,950 on-the-road, the Clive Sutton MKII Slab Side Cobra is a sanctioned continuation of the original Shelby Cobra 289 that first appeared in 1962. Built on the Tojeiro-styled round tube chassis and featuring original style transverse leaf spring suspension ensures an exceptionally authentic driving experience.

The V8-engined MkIII is priced from £123,950 on-the-road and features a wider body with wider wings and wheel arches, side exiting exhaust pipes, and is the only Cobra replica built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. Paired with a Tremec five-speed transmission, independent front and rear suspension and Wildwood power-assist disc brakes, the MkIII has the performance capabilities to live up to its predecessor’s racing prowess.

The Clive Sutton MkIII-R takes the classic Cobra proportions and adds fresh styling cues to achieve an aggressive look. The £136,950 on-the-road model features functional aero enhancements that include a distinctive rear diffuser and a body-contour front splitter.

Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance: “We are delighted to welcome UK retailer Clive Sutton to the Superformance family. The Clive Sutton team has a long history of importing American sports cars to the UK, including Shelby Cobras. We look forward to building right-hand drive Superformance MkIII’s for the UK market and growing our Superformance presence there.”

Clive Sutton is taking orders now for its range of right-hand drive Cobras with delivery from mid-2022. As an official Superformance retailer, Clive Sutton will sell the full range of replica and continuation Cobras in addition to the Shelby Daytona Coupe and the GT40 by Superformance.

The addition of the Superformance range means the London-based business now offers the full spectrum of Shelby products. Clive Sutton is the official UK retailer for Shelby and has sold the Shelby Super Snake F-150 pickup for several years, alongside the iconic Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Clive Sutton specialises in importing some of the most powerful and desirable vehicles from the US and across Europe, alongside its supercar sales and bespoke-build services. Buyers can browse the Sutton stock or build a bespoke luxury vehicle by visiting CliveSutton.co.uk.