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Kid-sized Shelby Cobra comes with 7 horsepower and swag for days

Kid-Sized Shelby Cobra Comes with 7 Horsepower and Swag for DaysKid-Sized Shelby Cobra Comes with 7 Horsepower and Swag for Days

It may be a little early, but we’re already nominating Ernesto Freitas for dad of the year. Why? Because he built his son this amazing Shelby Cobra toy car with 7 horsepower and a 25-mph top speed.

According to Carscoops, this independent Portuguese engineer and designer has been working on kit cars and other interesting builds for a number of years. But Ernesto admits that it was one of his favorite projects to work on:

“It was a time consuming but very rewarding process, giving me much pleasure and experiences that no other project could allow.”

Built from the ground-up, the car consists of a tubular chassis, independent suspension, rear-wheel drive and the aforementioned 7 horsepower 50cc gas engine, with a top speed of 25 mph. And the body — it’s hand-crafted completely from fiberglass and finished off with Cobra racing stripes.

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In total, the project took Ernesto over 1,600 hours to complete. And while at first it may have just been a fun side project, he’s looking to capitalize on the one-of-a-kind toy car with production possibilities:

“I’m in a plan to develop a ‘production’ version of this ‘toy’…prices would be in the range of €16,000 (approx. $21,000) for a turn-key car, but will also provide kits in several stages of assembling.”

It’s cool to be sure, though for $21K, we might buy ourselves some sort of used sportscar beater. But we’re selfish like that.