Luxury Car Concept MercerCobrat Roadster (1965) –On this blog, it has often been reviewed that the concept of the car in the era around 1950-1965 was dominated by the design of luxury cars. Like the Siata Berlina car that we recently reviewed for example.
Today, we will return to discussing the car in that era, the Mercer Cobrat Roadster. This car made in 1965 looks very modern considering the year of manufacture was more than 50 years ago.
We will discuss this car starting from the very front, the engine hood. If we look, like typical luxury cars in general, this car has a long hood and the details on the nose are very stunning.
One thing that makes this car interesting is the headlights that are not visible when not needed and will automatically open when needed. Like there is a spring that makes it come out automatically when it is turned on. See the details when the lamp comes out of its hiding place!
On the back, this car has luggage that is quite extensive because it also has an elongated design in this section. The lights on the back also look unique because they have their own space with a blend of gold material colors
Meanwhile, in the interior, we can see the classic and attractive dashboard alloy, such as the speed indicator that resembles the speaker on the LP and also the slightly larger steering wheel that looks right.
This car can only be ridden by 2 passengers with black leather seats with a combination of golden interior walls.
In addition, this car also adds a logo on the right and left the side of the car and also on the nose of the car that gives the impression of exclusivity.
In 1963, when ex-Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner was commissioned by Esquire magazine to pen so-called “revival cars,” each interpreting vintage brands and their signature cues into a then-modern design.
The Mercer, essentially a heavily re-skinned 289 cu. in. V-8, four-speed manual Shelby Cobra 289 built by Turin coachbuilder Sibona-Basano, was one of four originally drafted, but the only one selected by the American Copper Development Association to serve as a showcase for its wares.
As a result, it hired Exner and essentially provided that it was chock full of brass and copper. While the bodywork isn’t crafted from copper or brass, the vast majority of interior and exterior trim certainly is. Copper is used from everything from the radiator shell, exhaust guards, wheels, inner door panel trim, even the disc brakes were crafted from copper, as the ACDA believed the material’s “superior thermal conductivity” helped reduce fading.