Ford’s styling department constructed two concept autos on Cobra chassis in the mid-1960s. Equally had been intended by the head of Ford Styling at that time, Eugene Bordinat. One was a roadster which came to be termed the ‘Bordinat Cobra.’ The other a person, a coupe, was known as the ‘Cougar II.’ In spite of the nominal publicity, not significantly was identified about possibly vehicle past the reality that they have been notion cars and trucks, never intended for actual output.The Bordinat Cobra, alternatively called the XP Cobra was the very first coil-spring chassis Cobra. Energy was from a 289 Higher-Performance motor mated to a C4 computerized transmission. To mount the motor in the bay, it was set back again in the frame to distinct the lower hood line. The automobiles disappeared for numerous years. Soon after a quantity of internet queries more than a period of time of yrs, both cars and trucks ended up discovered in a warehouse in Detroit. Both equally cars and trucks have been fundamentally intact. A lot of mysteries created about the heritage of these motor vehicles and quite a few outings to the warehouse were created to examine the automobiles to validate they were the primary cars.
The overall body of the Bordinat Cobra was vacuum-shaped out of a new plastic content termed Royalex, designed by U.S. Royal. Rumor experienced it that three bodies experienced been molded just one utilised for this car and the other two disappeared.
The Cougar II has been revealed at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles as aspect of a Principle Car screen in 1998. The Cougar II experienced a fiberglass overall body, a 260 Superior-Overall performance engine and a four-speed transmission. It was a GT two-passenger sports activities auto that appeared to be a ideal contender for the Chevrolet Corvette String Ray. The auto experienced a fastback roof, hid ‘pop-up’ headlights, and full instrument interior. The substantial-performance 260 cubic-inch V8 motor was capable of carrying the Cougar II to an believed top rated pace of 170 miles per hour. When interior air force exceeded 15 pounds for every square inch, a aid panel throughout the rear of the passenger compartment would automatically open up. The function of this panel was to ease the excessive tension that would be brought about at high speeds, which may perhaps have resulted in the rear window currently being blown out. A further function to the car was a spring-loaded window-lift mechanism to the curved aspect home windows.The Cougar II was named after the Cougar I which experienced been released 18 months prior. The car had an AC-Cobra tube frame and rode on wire wheels.