Classic obsession: 1978 Cobra restored to showroom condition
JOHN Schaab first noticed her sitting pretty in a showroom in 1978. Though separated by glass window it was love at first sight.
As he filled up his rust bucket old Holden with petrol across the street, he made a vow.
"I am going to have her one day," the Twin Waters man said.
She - a 1978 Ford Falcon Cobra XC Auto - is his pride and joy, the second love of his life since they first crossed paths.
Decades had passed since he first saw her in the flesh but the drive remained, reignited when he saw her in the Australian Classic Car magazine.
That same year he moved heaven and earth to get his prized possession. Yet as grand and iconic as this one-of-400 vehicle was, she was damaged goods.
"The owner before me had done some weird and wonderful things to it, basically been completely altered," Mr Schaab said with a slight cringe.
"Restoring it has been an extreme passion. I have no idea how many hours, thousands, I have put into it.
"It has probably been more of an obsession if I'm honest just to get it all right.
"I just knew this car deserved to be brought back to showroom condition which is what I did over the last 13 years."
- What: 1978 Ford Falcon Cobra XC Auto
- Price: $165,000
- Kilometres: 117,793km
- Other: Coupe, Auto, 8 cyl 4.9L petrol
The dash, suspension, original air conditioning, steering, under body, spoiler, exhaust, the whole nine yards, all painstakingly brought back to its former glory.
What he could do himself he would, what he couldn't others were recruited fpr. Now he's made the gut wrenching call to part ways as he feels the timing is right.
His advertisement on CarSales.com.au has gained traction but so far no one is quite willing to take the plunge.
At $165,000, most would gulp at the asking price, but this is a car brought back to its mint condition.
Mr Schaab only has one request for whoever takes over his purring Cobra.
"They will have to have the same passion as I do," he enthused.
"This isn't a car to duck down to the shops with, and you have to know how to look after them.
"It would certainly break my heart to see it poorly treated. I'd originally hoped to keep it in the family but things change."