Kelly's Python

Uberbland styling hides Mustang running gear in this mega rare convertible from the 90s

Kelly's Python

With just a dozen cars made, Kelly's Python remains a modern rarity. With styling akin to a large Reliant Scimitar, looks alone don't set the pulse pumping.

Underneath the bland body things are more interesting with Ford Mustang chassis and running gear including a five litre V8.

Kelly's Python owes its being to a more exciting project though. Many years before it appeared, Ford's Vice President of Design (Eugene Bordinat) was attempting the impossible - a new body for the Shelby Cobra. The body was built with a new type of plastic courtesy of tyre manufacturer BF Goodrich. The 'Bordinat Cobra' design emerged and was quickly parked thanks to the oil crisis.

Wind forwards to the eighties and Alvin Kelly apparently obtained the rights to the designs and his company used the moulds to build his own car which he planned to market via the Ford dealer network.

The first cars emerged in the 80's, but then the company was sold and upped sticks to Colarado where more cars were made as late as 1994.

The cars occasionally crop up for sale at prices around $15,000 - $20,000 and McCormick's have a particularly tidy example listed for auction later this week.




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