Welcome to wheels Rami – that’s a beautiful replica AC Cobra you’ve got there. Tell us about this fine Shelby…

It’s a pleasure to be featured in the magazine!

Well, this car is the second one that we built at Capital Auto two years ago. The first one was very successful so we thought why not build another?

It’s always been my dream to build classic cars such as this and it’s as fun to drive as it looks. I almost bought a 1998 Cadillac DeVille which is a fabulous car but I am glad I picked this one up, it offers such a thrill behind the wheel. In fact, I have to say that it’s a raw beast of a car; either you control it or you have had it!

 

It has a 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet; how much power is it putting out?

It makes 415 horses which is an impressive number in its own right — but couple that to a lightweight body and chassis and I think you get the idea that this has more than enough poke! It goes like a rocket; the V8 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and it really is an exceptional combination.

 

We don’t doubt it for a second — however, you are patiently waiting for the cooler months to arrive before you can start to pile up the miles in this which must be hard to do!

That’s right — with it being a convertible and lacking AC, I have to wait for the winter to arrive — having said that, I have still been driving it in the blazing heat. I just can’t help myself, it is too nice a car not to drive!

 

Having built this car, you have a special bond with it don’t you…

Absolutely — it feels like your own child which you see growing day by day! And now that it is on the road and burning rubber, there is no better feeling.

I love everything about this car from the classic shape to the immense power and thrill that it affords — apart for one little thing; I keep burning my leg on the side pipes whenever I get out of the car after a blast!

 

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No pain no gain! It draws more attention that most modern supercars doesn’t it…

That’s right, and I can tell from the expression of those Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren owners that they don’t like that at all! I must say this makes me chuckle!

 

It deserves the attention, it is stunning. Do you plan to do any work on it?

Yes, I will be installing a hard top on it, add an ice-cold AC and a sound system too. This will help make it a more of a regular driver.

 

We would love to see it how it looks buttoned up…

I’d be happy to show you when it’s all done. I also have a 1968 Cadillac DeVille in my collection which you might like to see…

 

We definitely would! Meanwhile, take us back to how your passion for motoring began?

It all started during my childhood; My dad, who taught me how to drive when I was just 11, owned several different cars ranging from a Packard, Buick, Volvo, Mercedes, Datsun and more. I used to help him fix his cars and back then my hobby was to create cars out of cardboard! I also designed hundreds of cars, named them and chose the engine and specifications for each one.

I’ve since turned my passion into a business; I opened my own automotive repair shop in Dubai in 2010 and have been fortunate enough to achieve my dreams and do what I love and have a passion for as a living. During this journey of mine, I have made lots of friends who have the same passion.

One of the great things that has ever happened to me is seeing this AC Cobra being built in front of my eyes. It took a lot of late nights and hard work but with a great team behind me, we got there.

 

We wish you years of happy motoring with it. One final question — what is your dream car?

I would love a 1952 Buick Roadmaster with the classic exterior and interior untouched – but under the bonnet it should have a 5.7-litre Hemi V8