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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2018, 09:59:21 PM »
If anyone wants to “loan” me a real Cobra for a few weeks , I’ll test how wide a foot will fit. I wear a size 10 5E left shoe and a 6E right shoe
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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2018, 10:04:03 PM »
Is your right foot wider from all those years of standing on the throttle real hard?

If so, bravo!
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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2018, 07:09:14 AM »
Three positions, idle, wide open and cruise. Foot is usually only used for two of the three positions  8)
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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2018, 08:14:38 AM »
at last the answer has been found.....
These cars are meant to be driven, so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all clean. Carroll Shelby

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2018, 03:26:35 PM »
Not sure what all the complaining is about. I'm 6'2" and have enjoyed 289 and 427 Cobras since '72. Never felt uncomfortable, even on the 1000-mile tours we still participate in.   :)

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2018, 07:15:44 PM »
Not sure what all the complaining is about. I'm 6'2" and have enjoyed 289 and 427 Cobras since '72. Never felt uncomfortable, even on the 1000-mile tours we still participate in.   :)

We don't call you the pretzel for nothing.  8)

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2018, 08:06:26 PM »
Not sure what all the complaining is about. I'm 6'2" and have enjoyed 289 and 427 Cobras since '72. Never felt uncomfortable, even on the 1000-mile tours we still participate in.   :)

We don't call you the pretzel for nothing.  8)

OK, so I left out the fact that the inseam on my jeans is 22" and my torso is abnormally long... Next, just ask me how I like the convertible top.  :D

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2018, 07:06:33 AM »
Not sure what all the complaining is about. I'm 6'2" and have enjoyed 289 and 427 Cobras since '72. Never felt uncomfortable, even on the 1000-mile tours we still participate in.   :)

We don't call you the pretzel for nothing.  8)

OK, so I left out the fact that the inseam on my jeans is 22" and my torso is abnormally long... Next, just ask me how I like the convertible top.  :D

I think it is the cold wind in your face that is supposed to snap one back into reality from the effect of the farfegnugen of driving a Cobra?

I personally use racing shoes to eliminate the smell of the cooking chicken from my sneakers glue melting. Problem solved.

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2018, 07:10:51 AM »

Having grown up driving MGA's, Sprites, etc. the Cobra doesn't seem all that small. Although retaining upper and lower flexibility is a key in getting in and out.
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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2018, 07:34:41 AM »

Having grown up driving MGA's, Sprites, etc. the Cobra doesn't seem all that small. Although retaining upper and lower flexibility is a key in getting in and out.

The only conclusion that I could come to was to climb head first out of my XKE? My Pantera would prefer that the driver be surgically altered to better fit the foot/leg combination of the driver seat.
If you have about 4-5 inches removed from your left leg, you can get out foot first. Otherwise when you park the car, wait until there is no one watching, then just come out head first.

Euro sports cars are all the same. All designed for the S&M group. That's why black leather is so prevalent in them.

Who else would describe this as fun?

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #40 on: December 24, 2018, 08:03:58 AM »
Drivers were obviously shorter back in the fifties and sixties.  My leafspring Kirkham has a pair of original sixties seat runners with accurate replica seats (Hawk), and footboxes and dash scrupulously correct for a COB6*** along with a 16" Motolita wheel.  I'm comfortable in it but my mates generally have to peer over the top of the screen.  I have a '67 Land Rover and a '68 Cooper S, both of which I fit fine but with no room to spare.  My XK140 DHC is a rather snug fit.

There are some advantages to being 5'8" after all!

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #41 on: January 01, 2019, 04:18:07 PM »
In '72 I "interviewed" with a US Navy (Flight) Commander for a position as a Navy fighter pilot. As I walked in, he said nothing and just shook his head. He said, "nope...no way. You can fly for us but not in a fighter jet. You'll never fit. It's not like a car where you can adjust the seats?"

I said but "I can drive a 427 Cobra...I just stick over the top a little". He just smiled and said, "I heard a lot of good things about you, you still interested and handed me a pen." He out ranked me so I couldn't say anything like, "hey, I don't want to fly the mail truck"? Smartass that I am, I almost said it too? Jee-se!

He was tall too but slight like Shelby, Jimmy Stewart type. Typical of US pilots at the time.

You could see me and McCain duking it out right? Just as well? I'd be trouble. Seasickness...you know? ;)

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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2019, 02:45:31 PM »
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Re: Original Cobras - how tall can a driver be and fit?
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