a replica from the
myriad of kit car companies can be daunting
- especially since each company seems to offer a different package.
Compare our body, engineering, and level of support with
figure, if you know the facts, everbody
itself, ONLY BETTER!
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E.R.A. is in no way connected to these or any other rights
the original Ford or Shelby Cobra.
makes the most authentic 289 kit, FIA kit, 289FIA
and replica of the 289FIA
FIA differ |
from the 427?
makes the most authentic 289 kit, FIA kit, 289FIA
and replica of the 289FIA
manufactures a 427 roadster kit,
289FIA kit, and
of the 289 street car
to the original
car at the left
has full (optional) street equipment:
seats, undercar exhaust and bumpers. Of course, the
car shown at the top is also available.
Structure - Chassis
- Suspension - Drivetrain
version of the small block was born out of pressure from owners of our
427. They were having a great time at the track - until it came time to
the 427 engine. BIG
us a small block car!
289FIA gives you
the best of both worlds:
a visually faithful
reproduction where you can see. Improved where you can't. The chassis
over the original design - and stiffened to
reduce body shake,
an important factor in an open car. The special E.R.A. suspension
works with the stiffer chassis to produce a
combination of excellent
and quality ride not found in any other roadster reproduction, or for
any original. We also use a
body structure , engineered to create
a long-lifed body free
of stress cracks and distortion.
any replica involves a considerable
money and time. Our goal is to protect your
investment, as well
as our reputation. The result: our standard kit has almost every part
hinged, latched, or fit before it leaves the E.R.A. factory. It's
assemble this kit
not available in a stripped
down version that will probably never be finished properly.
is the most comprehensive
The reason for this is simple. . We took the time to design and
the best roadster replica available and we
to stay that way . And, if you don't
want to spend the time
to find and/or rebuild parts, we stock
everything that you need to finish your kit.
way, our 427 or FIA cars have been voted the
"Best Cobra Replica
" at the annual S.A.A.C
meet for fifteen of the
sixteen years . And we
the 289FIA is better!
dilutes the value of other kits no matter how well they were built by
customer. In fact, other marques have been falsely advertised and sold
as E.R.A.'s because of this. Our cars have achieved a reputation of uniform high
demand and the highest market value of any replica. The E.R.A. 289FIA
may even appreciate with time, although you won't think about that
You'll be having
kit, 289 roadster kit, 289FIA
289FIA is a visual clone of
the original 289 race car. Our body shape is
from the original down to the smallest details. We are also faithful in
engine compartment and trunk areas. By lengthening the
we have been able to increase the interior room without compromising
is available in two
basic styles: The standard competition
version (shown at the top) has jack pads,
special instrument layout, forward
braced roll bar , and racing bucket
seats in a bare
version (at the right)is also
with real bumpers and complete
interior like the 289 street car. All bodies have the FIA flares,
We don't offer a "slab side" version.
desired, any standard configuration
can be changed to suit your tasted with various options, as many owners
original roadsters have done.
car has the optional grill and a
complete under-car exhaust, and is without a hood scoop. Reasonably
integration of our body, interior
panels and supporting
frame creates a structure
that is superior to other kits. On the road, the E.R.A. 289FIA is
without rattles, drumming, or shakes. Other manufacturers bond the
panels, hinge and latch supports directly to the backside of the outer
On the E.R.A. 289FIA
, the outer body
is just that - the outer shell of the car. It
no supporting loads and yet is the most rigid in the business!
NEVER get a stress crack in an
Our Fiberglass footboxes are longer than
the original car
for more leg room
standard wheelbase roadster replica. They attach directly to the
frame extensions, as original. The bulkhead behind the seats (with
access panels) and side interior panels are aluminum and attached to
frame as original. The aluminum tunnel is removable for servicing the
transmission and clutch, fastening to the floor as the original did.
most other kits that use a single
tub, the E.R.A.
289FIA has aluminum floors, interior side panels and rear bulkhead, just like the
is more work for us, but leaves you with less weight, more efficiency
better access. Our tunnel is aluminum, and removable for
the clutch, driveshaft and transmission.
Just like a real car!
When you get the optional street exterior
package, chrome plated
so that loads are sent directly to the main chassis rails. They
work much better than the original ones.
aluminum radiator (with electric
fan) is the largest in the business and fully shrouded in aluminum.
for mounting the optional oil cooler are integrated into the design.
The driver and passenger footboxes get
vents. All hoses, valves and controls are
- Body Structure
- Drivetrain - Spec's
-Options -Turnkey cars
History - Links
289 chassis, dating from the early 1950s,
used 3" round
tubes on a very narrow-base. The results, while acceptable on smooth
roads, left a lot to be desired. Original suspension geometry was poor,
it didn't make much difference: The chassis flexed all over the place.
cracks in the aluminum body were common. Era
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E.R.A. 289FIA CHASSIS was
designed from the ground up to handle the power that most E.R.A. owners
It made no sense for us to have modern suspension and attach it to a
chassis. We have departed from the original layout because it
not good enough. In the process of designing our chassis, we considered
all the basic
steel sub-structure is welded directly to the
main rails and extends
completely around the passenger compartment. This structure provides
only the mounting areas for the body support panels, door hinges,
and dashboard, but also some passenger protection.
Stress cracks in
the body are
eliminated, as are cowl shake, squeaks and
rattles. Because the
inner panels of body rivet and bond to the chassis, we have created a semi-unitized
from the front of the engine compartment through the rocker panels and
the rear of the passenger compartment. Assembling the car with this
of integration may take a little longer, but you end up with a much
Our suspension pickup points
feed loads directly
bending moments. Where there are practical limitations, large sections
reinforcements are designed in.
suspension is derived from our 427
. It uses our own custom
made tubular control
arms in a non-parallel,
unequal length configuration. Good camber gain and anti-dive are
into the geometry. Wheel travel is very generous.
direct rack and pinion
has 2.7 turns, lock to lock, with a 34 foot turning circle.. Effort,
without power assist is fairly light, and the steering has plenty of
Through careful design of the E.R.A. 289FIA geometry, bump
steer is near 0 over
the full range of normal
wheel travel . The optional E.R.A. steering
column and wood
are visual duplicates of the original parts. Custom fabricated tie rods
lower steering column are supplied with the kit.
new upper control arm cross-shafts,
and fasteners are included in the kit, ready to accept very large
brakes on stock or optional pin drive hubs. A large anti-sway
Some very good suspension videos on YouTube:
Suspension Geometry, Part One
Suspension Geometry, Part Two
independent rear suspension unit is
based on Jaguar
but E.R.A. has
modified the configuration for maximum
performance . Except for minor housing
details, the Salisbury
differential is identical to the one used on the original
and has proved reliable
with very high horsepower engines. A limited slip differential is
available. Because the gearset used is interchangeable with the Dana 44
there is a good choice of affordable gear sets.
and control arms are modified for the correct
track, and the
components fit in
our unique SUBFRAME.
This subframe isolates
the suspension and differential noise, vibration and harshness from the
and allows us to feed suspension loads into the chassis properly.
subframe with all the suspension is a simple bolt-in, and may be
or removed very quickly. Our own trailing arms (with nylon-lined
rod-ends) are included to locate the rear axles. Anti-squat
is designed in, and an anti-roll bar is optional.
can't find a core
to rebuild, we stock used XJ6 units
and sell them at our cost, as is. For those not wishing to do their own
we offer complete rebuilt
you build your own, we will modify the parts at no charge with the
of our subframe.
optional ERA rear suspension
suspension has outboard brakes and
improved geometry for
the ultimate in track performance.
TRAIN AND BRAKES
E.R.A. 289FIA has a reputation
for authenticity, we encourage you to use an original style engine. The
289FIA is designed
specifically for the 289/302/351
Ford engine. Transmissions,
fortunately have been updated
since the '60s. Now several 5 speeds are available, giving
starting acceleration and good cruising rpm.
variations are also available,
including duplicates of the
original Halibrand pin-drives and a rare bolt-on used on a 289 drag
The bottom line of all these components is PERFORMANCE.
Many make claims, but E.R.A.
details on the engine, transmission, brakes and more!
KIT YOU CAN BUILD,
any kit replica
involves a considerable commitment of money and time. Our personal goal
to protect your investment, as well as our reputation. The result: our standard
assembly has almost every part either hinged, latched,
or fit before it
leaves the E.R.A. factory. The pictures at the right and below show how
really get your standard kit. We
don't sell a stripped
ERA kit, ready for
a little mechanical skill and
normal tools can build
an E.R.A. 289FIA kit in about 100
excluding the paint and body preparation. To demonstrate this
kit at a SAAC convention in 35
man-hours, excluding interior
(about 8 hr.) and paint. If you have any experience in normal
service, putting our kit together will be easy. With our comprehensive
manual , even novices can do it.
If you want to take
a look, a text-only version of the manual is posted
on the web in PDF format, and
or PDF versions are
available for a refundable fee.
You simply put
the pieces together - there
necessary. And we supply
almost every fastener and clamp needed to complete the kit. Building
E.R.A. 289FIA is like a building a production car in your
home. and, if
you want, E.R.A. can do
any or all of
the assembly for
you, through a turn-key car.
chosen components are integrated into the total
design. The mounting holes, caged nuts, brackets, adapters, etc. for
components are built into our kit already. This not only makes your job
makes the quality of all ERA cars consistently higher. |
you ever sell your car, the
this philosophy will become obvious.
People expect ERA's to have consistent quality, and they are willing to
Get the 289FIA STANDARD
PARTS list here!
THE REST OF THE PARTS
The customer can provide as much or as
little of the drive train as he or
she wishes: Small block Ford engines through the 351W,
Jaguar rear suspension assembly, GM front rotors and calipers, Subaru
gear, steering column, coil-over shock units, exhaust system, road
and tires. With few exceptions, everything else necessary to complete a
automobile is there, down to the wiring harness clips. The
money you will save will surprise you.
Everything we supply
is the highest quality. Our
frame is superb
chrome plated brass. The headlights and parking/signal lights are OEM
and quality, made in the UK. Our wiring harness has soldered ends, not
crimped on, and is clearly marked at each connection. We
the drivetrain may vary, our standard
doesn't have items like
radiator hoses. However, part numbers are listed in the manual so that
can find the required pieces locally.
you have difficulty finding
parts,E.R.A. can supply them at competitive
a detailed list of
required parts (lifted right from the manual) here!
offers many things to make your
assembly and part-locating job easier.
We can supply just about anything that you need to complete your kit.
you are not mechanically inclined,or are short of time, E.R.A. can also
to help make your assembly
Kit Price -
E.R.A. 289FIA is
not available in a stripped down version that will probably never be
properly. Our "Standard Assembly" is the
comprehensive basic kit offered by anybody. The
reason for this
is simple. We want your kit to be the best! |
dilutes the value of other
kits no matter how well they were built by the customer. In fact, other
have been falsely advertised and sold as E.R.A.'s because of this. Our
have achieved a reputation ensuring consistent demand and high market
because all E.R.A.s were of the same high quality, with the same
and standard of finish.
think that the E.R.A. 289FIA will be an
investment that appreciates with time.
|Although others may be
to buy, they are
not necessarily cheaper to build. All roadster replicas need the same
parts. If they don't come with the kit you still have to purchase or
them later. No other
replica offers the bottom
line value of E.R.A. When you consider the high
resale value of
E.R.A. products, the
a great buy. We keep in close contact with all our customers,
problems are quickly resolved. Good service is inseparable from a
product. We know that a satisfied customer is our best salesperson. |
word for it. Look at
all the others. Talk to people that have built E.R.A.s and other makes.
of E.R.A. replicas have always been our strongest advocates, especially
that have also built other brands. They are the ones who really know
difference. We will be happy to put you in touch with E.R.A. owners in
area. Peter at E.R.A. can give you names of owners in your area.
REQUIRED OF YOU,
LABOR-WISE. . .
of the kit, with the drivetrain
ready for installation will take
about 100-120 hours,
with body preparation
and paint additional. Except for some straight-forward riveting and
of the body, all work is of the "wrench turning" variety. Most people
beat this conservative estimate! At a SAAC convention in California, we
a 427 kit,
and paint, in 35
FIA will be similar. And take note of our standard parts
give you just about all of the pain-in-the-butt pieces that you
would have to dig up new or in a junkyard. That, alone, will
many hours of frustration - and quite a bit of money, too!
your work straightforward and enjoyable.
- Drivetrain - Spec's
-Options -Turnkey cars
History - Links
ALSO HELP YOU COMPLETE YOUR
gives you our
specifications and the options.
and delivery times for kits
and finished cars
Listen to the others!
E.R.A. cars have won the
REPLICA"competition at the
in sixteen of the last
to Joe Speziale
(#385 427) and Bruce Clark
( #2040 ERA GT
) on their wins
at the 2000 SAAC!
Jeff Burgy's wins
in '99, 2001, and 2004!
car manufacturers were polled
by Petersen's Kit Car Magazine. "Other than your own car, who makes the
Cobra replica, and Why?" The
from a recent SAAC
then read some opinions from "The Big Boys"
Motor Trend, and others...
Allen races in the Tulsa
Vintage Series against Shelbly Challenge Series cars and 4000s
PDF file of our
improvements to our
We're always interested in making it better.
display at the 2000 SAAC
meet at Michigan International Speedway
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