Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

1:18 Incoming! I’m back in STL so I’ll be posting more of my collection.

1:1 History

After his early days driving Ford Thunderbolts and building his reputation driving Larry Coleman’s Super Torino funny car in the late 60’s, Sidney (Super Sid) Foster moved on to driving Mustang funny cars in 1970 with his brother Gerald’s financial backing.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

In 1972, the loyal Ford Motor Company racers chose a Mustang Mach 1 body over a Logghe Brothers chassis with an Ed Pink built supercharged Chrysler 426 HEMI engine and a 2-speed manual transmission.

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Campaigned under the name Foster’s King Cobra, the Louisiana brothers raced AA/FC division 4 in 1972 and 1973. During Foster’s ownership this car was driven not only by Sidney Foster but also by drivers Mike Martini and Frank Huff. In 1972, Frank Huff recorded a 6.61 quarter mile at 223 miles per hour in this car.

Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car
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The Model

This car comes from Auto World’s popular Legends of the Quarter Mile series. For those of you who, like me, enjoy drag racing a 1:18 scale funny car was an exciting development. When the first round of cars came out I was somewhat dissapointed, but the second round of cars fixed those issues.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

In keeping with the 1:1 the funny car feature a metal chassis with a plastic body shell. The paint scheme is what makes the car for me. The white strobe stripe and mirror finish lettering just scream 1970’s, and any good drag car should have an Ed Pink built HEMI. I really like the painted on taillights and attached parachute.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

I love that the car comes with a body stand so that the car can be displayed open. It looks so purposeful that way.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

The chassis is surprisingly nice for a model where they could’ve easily cut a lot of corners. The tube frame is well rendered, even with sub frames attached to the bottom side of the body shell.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

The body can be fully removed to show how much effort was put into getting the chassis right.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

The biggest issue with the first releases were way undersized butterflies in the supercharger scoop. I was so happy to see them fixed in the second, it’s such an important part of the car’s personality.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

The model isn’t perfect, my biggest gripe being that the front chrome torq-thrust wheels look fairly plastic-y. However that seems to be a fairly common issue in scale.

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Illustration for article titled Fosters King Cobra: 1972 Mustang Mach 1 Funny Car

So, is it perfect? No. But for me it’s a unique car with a lot of presence. I think that it’s definitely a compelling car at its price point considering it cost around $50 for me on sale. In the end, I love it and it compliments its blue compadre (next up) quite well.

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Thanks for the read!

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