August 6, 2019

Buying a Project Cobra...
Gian and I have taken on some Cobra Project cars over the years. The one in this story goes back to before South Africa hosted the Soccer World Cup. 
I got a call on this “runner” Cobra that needed “some” work. Without seeing this Cobra in per...

June 1, 2019

Cobras generally are known for offering some of the most thrilling four-wheeled experiences you can have on the road. They are very light, very powerful and raw.

Performance and the feeling of connection with the car are one thing, but then there’s this whole other thin...

May 9, 2019

In this edition I’d like to explore the various engine options available in your HAYDEN COBRA. There are different views on which engines to fit, and most choices, like the Cobras, are unique and customized to the taste of the owner. We do offer any number of options f...

April 9, 2019

Chapter 4: More Space

In this chapter we explore the chassis design changes to suit larger and taller drivers, the decision to use an advanced resin for the body and other changes that have made the COBRA such a success with the discerning buyer.

The multi-tube chassis w...

March 28, 2019

Chapter 3: Suspension

We continue our origins story in this edition with the story of the remarkably improved suspension in our Cobra.

Les tells us how it came to be...

Les was not happy with typical Cobra suspension in that it has a tendency to allow the car to nose-dive...

March 16, 2019

Chapter 2

We continue our story in chapter 2 - with the chassis design and the reason why our Cobra has the best performing chassis on the market.

The chassis of a motorcar can in some ways be likened to the foundations of a house. If the foundations are weak, no matter...

February 27, 2019

Chapter 1

Now that the Hayden-COBRA production is back in full swing, we thought it good to explore the origins of Hayden Cobra. 

We sat down with the founder and industry leader, Les Hayden, and asked him to take us through the origins and explain how we came to the cur...

November 5, 2018

The top authenticity items are listed below. This is to ensure that with a quick glance all D'etat cars looks like the real deal.

List of checks for D'etat entry

 1.  Standard AC Cobra body, no mods like splitters, scoops, extra vents +++

 2.  Halibrand rims or look...

August 19, 2018

Our annual concourse was held at Emperor's Palace, in a very prominent place in the Hooters parking area.

We managed 58 Cobras and 1 Daytona, just short of 60.

The club members and friends turned the Hooters parking lot into quite a festival, the multitude of colours of...

August 7, 2018

I used to build plastic models which grew dusty and were then dusted by the home crew, and so un-built themselves to end in the dustbin.
  I then decided to rather build something  like a beach buggy that would cope with dust and washing!
  I paged through car mag...

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