The Serpent Express Soft-top is the first in a family of lightweight enclosed automobile trailers. Designed around a replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster, the unit is compact and easy to tow. Due to extreme supply factors, the soft-top is no longer offered.
The typical interior dimensions of the canopy are 34″ High at front (61″ high at roll bar, 50" rear height opening clearance) x 78″ wide (clearance) x 14′ long. The low profile of the Serpent Express helps to reduce wind drag and minimizes trailer weight due to this low-profile shape. Since each SE is a custom build, the height is easily made to accommodate most any car.
The rear deck is low due to the beavertail. At only 16″ to 19″ off the ground, the provided typical 6 foot ramps make for an easy transition, clearing bell housings and sidepipes. Jacking up the trailer front is not needed for this low profile design.
The standard trailer is manufactured of steel for strength and reliability. Dual 3500 lb axles provide heavy hauling in the dual purpose mode. With a legal GVW of 7000 lbs, and an enclosed trailer weight of 1900 lbs, one has a legal payload capacity of 5100 lbs. Of course, the tow vehicle wants to be considered for heavy loads.
Remove the canopy and framework, and you have an open trailer for utility purposes. The multi-purpose capability has advantages that other equipment can be hauled between times when the roadster is being taken between home and a remote destination (or during rain). So the
investment has more than one practical use. Treated Steel tube fittings are welded to the trailer frame to secure the canopy frame to the trailer. Due to the modular design of the canopy frame, breakdown of the frame for storage or shipment is accomplished with nothing more than a 7/16 and a 1/2″ wrench.
To attach the top to the frame evenly, slide bars are utilized around the perimeter of the frame. This attachment technique evenly distributes top tension, reducing buffeting of the fabric during transport. For storage, the standard 14 foot Serpent Express can usually fit inside a standard depth garage because it is only 18-4″ feet long and less than 7′ tall. The SE requires 9 foot wide garage door as fender width (102″) exceeds single car 8′ garage door width. When used or stored outdoors, the sloped “wedge” shape easily sheds rain so that puddles do not collect on the top.
The top is constructed of a strong 18 oz vinyl canvas, the same as used on the sides of big highway trucks that have flexible sides that can be raised for side loading. This material is proven tough for weather and the winds developed at highway speeds. So, one gets a long life expectancy with this durable, yet soft, top. To protect the cover for outdoor storage, a tarp of some kind is recommended.
- Lightweight, easy to pull and control
- Save tow vehicle capital cost, wear and tear
- Aerodynamic shape reduces wind drag
- Energy efficient: saves fuel when towing
- Safe, easy to stop w 4-wheel self-adjusting brakes
- Small, easy to store and park
- Fits inside some garages
- Strong frame; 7000 GVW for 5000 lb cars if needed
- Rear Door Ramp or Lightweight ramps
- Easy loading and unloading
- Custom built to order
Shown in Optional Aluminum
Shown with Optional Passenger's Side Door
Shown with Optional Alloy Wheels
Fits in most garages, car can be driven inside