Members Cars September 2018

Each quarter we will try and bring you a story on a members car. This quarter we feature Club Member David Abas’s beautifully presented Black Cobra with rag top which won last years Mustang Round Up’s best presented Cobra.

OwnerDavid Abas
Joined MCOCFebruary 2014
Resides inCraigieburn
Buy or BuildBrought the car as a unfinished project
Year2005/1965 427 SC AC Cobra Replica
First Registered2005
Full or ClubFull Vic Reg- CBRAV8
MotorFord AU 5.0 V8 EECV Ford ECU with Moristech Pro Sequential Interceptor ECU, Crow Cam , Roller Rockers, Ported and Polished Heads and Custom Air Intake.
GearboxT5 5 Speed with Heavy Duty Clutch
Front SuspensionJag Suspension with Koni Adjustable shocks,and King Springs
Rear SuspensionJag Rear End with Koni Adjustable Shocks and late model 3.54 internals
WheelsBoyd Coddington Wheels 18x8 Front and 18x10 Rear
Paint ColourBlack with Brushed Aluminium Vinyl Stripes
Interior ColourDark Grey Carpet with Black Leather Seats , Dash and Door Trims
Roof or NotCustom Made Soft Top by Classic and Sport Interiors


I brought my Cobra as an unfinished project from Steve Ziegler back in May 2014.

Steve Ziegler was a member of the MCOC back in the early days of the Club, at the time when Steve was a member, his car…now my car, was featured on the clubs website, it was painted in flat black with a spray can and had seats but no carpet or trims of any kind.

I am a Panel Beater by trade and although I have been out of the trade for 25 years, I was still able to do the body work and much of the paint preparation with my son as a father son project, not to mention cheap labour as well.

I have never stopped improving my car, even things like replacing as many of the bolts and screws with stainless steel bolts and screws.

I get almost as much enjoyment out of working on my Cobra as I do driving it, as a lot of the club members know, I once took a man for a drive in my Cobra who was days away from dying of Cancer, all he wanted before he died was to go for a ride in a AC Cobra, I think of this man quite often and it reminds me how lucky some of us are to own and drive perhaps the most iconic and beautiful car ever built.

David Abas