Ford's styling department built two concept cars on Cobra chassis in the mid-1960s. Both were designed by the head of Ford Styling at that time, Eugene Bordinat. One was a roadster which came to be called the 'Bordinat Cobra.' The other one, a coupe, was called the 'Cougar II.' Despite the nominal publicity, not much was known about either car beyond the fact that they were concept cars, never intended for actual production.
The Bordinat Cobra, alternatively called the XP Cobra was the first coil-spring chassis Cobra. Power was from a 289 High-Performance engine mated to a C4 automatic transmission. To mount the engine in the bay, it was set back in the frame to clear the low hood line.
The cars disappeared for several years. After a number of internet searches over a period of years, both cars were found in a warehouse in Detroit. Both cars were basically intact. Many mysteries developed regarding the history of these vehicles and numerous trips to the warehouse were made to inspect the vehicles to verify they were the original cars.
The body of the Bordinat Cobra was vacuum-formed out of a new plastic material called Royalex, developed by U.S. Royal. Rumor had it that three bodies had been molded; one used for this car and the other two disappeared.
The Cougar II has been shown at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles as part of a Concept Car display in 1998.