Why Era Replica
(SC or optional versions)
gives you the best of both
a visually faithful reproduction where you can see.
where you can't. The chassis
the original design - and stiffened to reduce body shake, an important
factor in an open car. Our unique
is engineered to create a long-lifed body that never gets stress cracks
works with the stiffer chassis to produce a combination of excellent
handling and smooth ride not available in any other reproduction.
It doesn't fieel like a kit. It feels like a real car!
that buying any
kit involves a considerable
commitment of your money
and time . Our goal is to protect that investment, as well as our
reputation. The result: our standard kit has almost every part either
hinged, latched, or fit before it leaves the E.R.A. factory. It's difficult to
assemble this kit wrong!
available in a stripped down version that will probably never be
finished properly. Our "Standard Assembly" is the most
comprehensive basic kit offered
by anybody. The reason for this is simple. We are proud of what we do.
We took the time to design and manufacture the best replica available
and we want it to stay that way. In addition, if you don't
to spend the time to find and/or rebuild parts, we stock nearly everything
that you need to
finish your kit.
dilutes the value of other kits no matter how well they were built by
the 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
high quality, ensuring consistent
demand and the highest
market value of
any replica. The E.R.A. 427 may even appreciate with time, although you
won't think much about that -
is available in two basic styles: The standard competition
tail-lights, jack pads and special instrument layout.
The optional street
version has round
tail-lights,, street dashboard, and chrome bumpers.
be changed to suit your taste with various options,
owners of original classics have done.
The E.R.A. 427 is a visual
of the original 1960s' roadster. Our specialty is getting
the small details just right, from the configuration of the competition
jackpads to the exposed roll
bar. Our body shape is indistinguishable from the original,
of the tires to
the body is correct,
other "replicas", whose suspension's relationship to the body just
doesn't look right.
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throught the many variations on the ERA Roadsters
Replica Automobiles makes 427 kits, 427 replicas, 427SC kits
CONVENIENCE and AUTHENTICITY |
unique in offering as standard fresh
to both footboxes. All the necessary ducting, valves and controls are
included. And, by lengthening the footboxes, we have even increased the
interior room without lengthening the wheelbase or widening the
cockpit. The staandard car has leg room for people up to 6'3" tall
modifications can add an extra one or two inches of leg room
most other kits that use a single
fiberglass interior tub, the E.R.A.
has aluminum floors, interior side panels and rear bulkhead, just like the original car
is more work for us, but leaves you with less weight, more efficiency
and better access. Our fiberglass tunnel is removable
for servicing the clutch,
driveshaft and transmission.
authentic 427 replica!
like a real
linkage is correctly located, and we include a
trim ring and
boot just like the original. A replica of the original
Ford shift handle is optional, with variations to fit Ford or Hurst
linkage. Since the linkage is moved toward the back of the
transmission, E.R.A. offers the complete modified linkage also.
We even include tubes that extend from the tunnel to the
dashboard, like the original car.
of our body , interior panels and
creates a unique structure among kit cars. On the road, the E.R.A. 427
is rock-solid, without rattles, drumming, or shakes.
manufacturers bond the inner panels, hinge and latch supports directly
to the backside of the outer body. On the E.R.A. 427SC, the outer body
is just that - the unstressed
outer shell of the car. Because it carries no supporting loads, the
body will remain straight and stress-crack-free for a long, long, time.
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Replica Automobiles makes Shelby
roadster kits, roadster 427 replicas, 427SC roadster kits
CHASSIS was designed from
the ground up to handle
the power that most
E.R.A. owners expect. The original roadster's narrow ladder frame was
its weak link. So - we changed the chassis - for the better.
All the body
supports are integrated into the
basic design, and the suspension
are the basis of the chassis design, not the other way around.
also use the fiberglass and aluminum inner panels to further stiffen
the basic structure.
body shake. Predictable
E.R.A. 427 independent
front suspension uses
our own custom made tubular control arms in a non-parallel, unequal
length configuration. Good camber gain and anti-dive are designed into
Because we started with a clean design slate, we were able to
avoid the problems associated with using a donor car's pieces and
other words, it's correct
for the car, not a compromise.
have allowed more
than 6" of wheel travel. It's almost impossible to bottom out
this car! We also have duplicated the original cars "X"
mount for visual authenticity.
is GM based, all wearing parts - bearings, seals, ball joints and
standard brake parts - are cheap and easy to get.
Some very good suspension videos on YouTube:
Suspension Geometry, Part One
Suspension Geometry, Part Two
Replica Automobiles makes Shelby roadster kits, roadster 427 replicas,
based on Jaguar XJ-6
components, but modifies the configuration for maximum performance and
Except for minor housing details, the
center section is identical to the one used on the original car and has
proved reliable with very high horsepower engines. A limited slip
differential is available. Because the gearset used is
to the Dana 44 series, there is a good choice of affordable gear
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
chassis and allows us to properly feed suspension loads into the
chassis. The subframe
all the suspension is a simple bolt-in,
and may be installed or removed very quickly. Our own urethane-bushed
and heim-jointed trailing arms are included to locate the rear axles.
Anti-squat geometry is designed in, and an anti-roll bar is optional.
We stock used
XJ6 cores and
sell them at our cost, as is, but you can usually find one locally even
cheaper. For those not wishing to do their own rebuilding, we offer complete rebuilt units.
If you build
your own, we will modify the parts at no charge with the purchase of
rear suspension is
undoubtedly the most sophisticated rear suspension ever offered on a
427 replica. With outboard brakes and improved geometry, it
still mounted in a subframe for noise and vibration isolation.
While the new design offers little improvement for street
has definite advantages for the track. The weakest link on
Jaguar inboard brakes was high speed cooling.
offer optional vented
rotors, our new setup is better - straight out of the box - and it
weighs 50 lbs less. Price is only slightly more than the
E.R.A. 427 has
for authenticity, we encourage
customers to use an original
engine. The E.R.A. 427 is designed specifically
FE series blocks: the 390, 428 and the 427 center and side oiler
We can also fit many other
mounts and footboxes for 289/302/351 and 429/460 Fords, Chevrolet mouse
and rat motors, and even the monster Ford 427 Cammer. Primary
exhaust pipes, though, are only available for the Ford FE and some Ford
small block engines, although anything can be custom made.
Richmond Gear 5 speed
with ERA handle
standard chassis will accept
the following transmissions
- Ford Top-loader
Gear 5 speed
- Tremec 5 speed
- Ford T-5
also have shift linkages to
make original looking shift handles for the Top-loader and Richmond
Gear transmissions. The others require some visual compromises because
the linkage location cannot be changed significantly.
(11"O.D. x 1"W
vented rotors with floating calipers) at the front are based on
mid-size GM components - oversize for a 2600 lb. car with less than 50%
of the weight on the front wheels - and also quite economical.
At the rear,
standard inboard Jaguar rotors are 10.5" O.D. x .5" W, with 2-piston
fixed calipers. Quite generous for the street.
also offer front and
Replica Automobiles' 427SC replica duplicates the look of the original,
with better chassis and suspension!
of all these components is
PERFORMANCE. Many make
claims, but E.R.A.
KIT YOU CAN BUILD, EASILY
the details of Construction!
people with normal tools can build an E.R.A.
427 kit in about 100
excluding the paint and body preparation. To demonstrate this ease of
assembly, we put together an unpainted 427 kit at a Shelby American Automobile Club convention
in California in 35
you have any experience in normal automobile service, putting our kit
together will be easy. Using our comprehensive, 140 page assembly manual posted
on the web in PDF format, and the complete
manual is also available in PDF
(on CD) or hardcopy.
novices can do it.
If you want to take a look, the text portion of
the manual is available at the above link.
or all of the assembly for you, through a turn-key
put the pieces together. There
is no fabrication necessary.
Building the E.R.A. 427 is like a building a production
car in your home. Carefully chosen components
into the total design. The mounting holes, caged nuts, brackets,
adapters, etc. for these components are included
in our kit already. This not only makes your job easier. It makes the
quality of all ERA cars higher. If you ever sell your car, the
advantage to this philosophy will become obvious. People have come to expect ERA's
to have consistent quality,
and they are willing
to pay for it. No
fabrication is necessary
when you build our 427SC kit.
customer can provide as much or as little
of the drive train as he or she wishes: Big or small block Ford (or
Chevy) engine, transmission, Jaguar rear suspension assembly, GM front
hubs and brakes, Subaru rack and pinion, steering column, coil-over
shock units, exhaust system, steering and road wheels and tires. With
few exceptions, everything else necessary to complete a finished
automobile is there, down to the wiring harness clips. Part numbers
for non-included parts are
listed in the manual
so that you
can find the required pieces locally. If you have difficulty finding
any required parts, E.R.A. can supply them at competitive prices.
at our detailed list of
required parts (lifted right from the
download the entire manual (sans pictures) from here.
GAIN, NO PAIN!
We keep in
close contact with all our
any problems are quickly resolved. Good
service is inseparable from a quality product.
We know that
a satisfied customer is our best salesperson. Although others may be
initially cheaper to buy, they are not necessarily cheaper to build.
All replicas need the same basic parts. If they don't come with the kit
you still have to purchase or fabricate 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 427 becomes a great buy.
Don't take our word for it. Look at all the others. Talk to
have built E.R.A.s and other makes. E.R.A. 427 owners have always been
our strongest advocates, especially those that have also built other
brands. They are the ones who really know the difference. We will be
happy to put you in touch with E.R.A. owners in your area.
REQUIRED OF YOU, LABOR-WISE.......
of the kit,
with the drive-train ready for installation will take about 100-120 man-hours ,
with body preparation
and paint additional. Except for some straight-forward riveting and
bonding of the body, all work is of the "wrench turning" variety. Most
people can beat this conservative estimate! At a SAAC convention in
California, we assembled a standard kit, without interior and paint, in
see the whole process HERE
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give you just about all the pain-in-the-butt pieces that you otherwise
would have to dig up new or in a junkyard. That alone will
you many hours of frustration - and a bit of money, too! |
more detailed idea of the labor involved, the text portion of
manual is posted on
the web in MSWord format, and
or PDF versions are
available for a refundable fee.
If you are not
of time, E.R.A. can do the labor or supply anything to help make your
assembly job easier. We will also make every attempt to accommodate
special requests. Many people choose to have us create a
"roller". We install the suspension and permanently bond the body on at
the factory. We also have
who does near-show-quality jobs
at reasonable prices - and on time! He does approximately 15
a year for us. When you visit, you'll see the excellent job
HERE for the
and delivery times for
kits and finished units
Our display at the
meet at Michigan
(left) and Peter Portante, G.M. of ERA (right). Centered in
background is rumored to be one of the Smith brothers of Factory Five.
We now have a CD
of the web site
so you can browse
off-line. It also includes all our brochures in PDF format
archive of pictures of customers' cars.
available is the same CD that includes PDF versions of all
manuals . $30
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