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Rein Car Nation Cover Spring 2020
						289 427 Cobra Roadsters
DECISIONS, DECISIONS

289 or 427 Cobra?

By Steve Temple

Photos by Steve Temple

When it comes to Cobra roadsters, you have two basic choices: either the small-block racer or the big-block behemoth. (The slab-side street Cobra is a third option as well, but that’s a whole ‘nuther story.)

Proponents of the former point to its lighter handling, and the fact that a stroked small-block can generate substantial amounts of power.

As for the fat-fendered 427, there’s no substitute for cubic inches, even at the expense of extra weight up front (unless you go with a pricey all-aluminum engine).

It really all depends on what sort of statement you’d like to make, and how you plan to use the car. For charging around on a road course and twisty, two-lane country roads, the 289 is right at home. But for going mano y mano with other muscle cars, the 427 is the baddest dude in town.

It’s not always a simple decision between these two types of Cobras, but whichever way you go, the main thing is to just make it happen. 

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