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History The Hansen Cobra

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,470


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Hansen Cobra


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  2. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,076


    I dig it. It looks really well thought out and finished especially when you compare it to some of the other home built fiberglass sports cars of that era or the ones that used the plans from the publications of the day.. I bet it was a tourque monster with the Olds or the Cadillac in it.
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  3. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    It is revolutionary in the respect that it portends to a lot of cars that haven't been built yet.From the front,it looks like an early Corvette,the fins are more muted,but bring a later Cadillac to mind,and it is about the size of a T-Bird.I'd say the Hansen brothers were right on the mark with this little beauty.
  4. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,895


    Beautiful car, but they lost me at the steering wheel, and the white face gauges....
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  5. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,979

    from KCMO

    From the photos it looks like the steering wheel is a later addition based on the color of the rim itself. Can't really see anything else.

    And if you look close those white face gauges on the right are stop watches as found in many track cars of the era
  6. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 83

    from new york

    An Olds or Caddy V8 is what the 53 Corvette should have been.
  7. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,290


    Yeah, whomever restored this car sure dropped the ball in the interior. That steering wheel and those gauges just show that they couldn't be bothered to do the job correctly.
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  8. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
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  9. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,770


    Lot of Caddy and Olds styling cues, looks cut-down 53 Chevy tailights. A very nice looking car. The steering wheel sucks.
  10. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,692


    Hard to tell but it looks like a 7/8 scale 53 Corvette to me. but very nice details. I'd like to see more of the chassis
  11. Agree on the wheel,,,and it's not even clocked in straight.
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  12. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,692

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I like it. It's too bad they only made 2. I think if the steering wheel was the same color as the dash top it would look better. A white wheel wouldn't last long with my dirty hands.
  13. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,271


    panelcraft3.jpg Heres a couple pics of the 1951 Nash Healey, it was supposed to have a Cadillac engine but things didn't work out. These are pics from where the aluminum body is being made. Look familiar? panelcraft1.jpg
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,309


    Can't beat that Studebaker license plate surround.
    Looks perfect.
  15. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    As for the white steering wheel? It is spot on from a styling point.
    You MUST drive with the proper soft kid leather gloves.
    White gauges? Again from a styling, not 'traditional' point they work.
    Too bad the mold is lost.
  16. Nine plus ? English wheels in the same room,,,,fab heaven.....:D
  17. Sort of looks like it could have been a GM concept car for a personal luxury car, more like what the T-bird was vs the more sports car Corvette.
  18. ThomasN
    Joined: Oct 17, 2012
    Posts: 11

    from spokane wa

  19. ThomasN
    Joined: Oct 17, 2012
    Posts: 11

    from spokane wa

    Who are the Hansen brothers and are they still around?
  20. Sorry ... couldn't resist :D ...

    Sig, Edgar, & Norman Hansen.jpg
    Sig, Edgar, & Norman Hansen

    All joking aside ... Wally & Harry Hansen spoke at the Petersen Automotive Museum in June of 2010 at a "Fiberglass Day" event ... so I would assume they are both still around.
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  21. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,247


    this awesome styling is as tasty as it gets. My eye was drawn to the non stop center peak. It is just so pleasing in every aspect. Thanx for sharing up this fine example of sports car elite.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,287


    No way!! Not these guys?!!?

    All kidding aside, I could look at that car every day and never tire of it. A steering wheel is nuthin to change, and 90 in the 1/4? With what we now know about managing horsepower that car could be too much fun to be legal. Way ahead of the curve...
  23. hendelec
    Joined: Aug 23, 2008
    Posts: 99


    Sort of looks like a mini Cadillac........the fender skirts don't fit the sports car racer theme...... ;-)
  24. Green Voodoo
    Joined: May 22, 2007
    Posts: 75

    Green Voodoo
    from Melbourne

    DSC03718.JPG McCormack - special construction by Henry McCormack of California. Exhibited at the 1955 Motorama ( Motor Revue ) where the Hansen Cobra was also featured.

    The McCormack featured on the cover of Motor Life in 1956 , HOT ROD Sep 1957 and Best of HOT ROD circa 1976.

    Special construction hand built cars like the Hansen Cobra and the McCormack are representative of the ingenuity of ambitious individuals with a flair for design and the talent to construct a motor vehicle of their own design - in most cases with limited resources.

    The Hansen Cobra design is very well articulated and proportioned notwithstanding it shares styling cues from Kaiser - Fraser vehicles, particularly the front fenders and rear quarters.

    The McCormack was quite an original design with styling cues which predate mainstream American vehicles produced from the mid to late 1950s

    The Hansen Cobra and the McCormack both featured advanced styling for their time equal and in some instances better than the contemporary Dream Cars built by the Big Three which had comparatively unlimited resources and the best in design talent at their disposal
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  25. Beautiful car, fantastic design. One of the best 50s sports cars I've ever seen. On par with the famous design studies of the time.

    The steering wheel is terrible though. In the contemporary pic one can see a glimpse of the original wheel and it was obviously a nice 50s wheel with chrome horn ring. The dash with the white gauges reminds me of one of those crap Chinese 50s-retro radios. In this respect the restauration lacks a lot of "feeling".
  26. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 366

    from Hamlet, NC

    Beautiful car! I want to know more about the speedster beside it, is it Norm Crum's sports roadster? Originally built by Kurtis, right?!
  27. Terry Buffum
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 292

    Terry Buffum
    from Oregon

    I believe the car next to the Hansen Cobra in the shot from "Johhny Dark" is the Pickford Jaguar, built in SoCal circa 1953 on a tube chassis using XK-120 running gear. It later was converted to SBC and continued to run until the early 1960s.
  28. gir431
    Joined: Mar 25, 2007
    Posts: 70


    The car behind the Hansen Cobra is the first Ol' Yeller.

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