Back in 1964, the Cobra was all dominant – except at such high-speed European circuits as Le Mans. Carroll Shelby duly tasked designer Peter Brock with penning a sleeker body and the resulting Cobra Daytona Coupes beat Ferrari to the 1965 FIA Sports Car Championship. Only six cars were constructed in period, which will be assembled for the first time ever at the upcoming Goodwood Revival meeting, September 11-13. Unsurprisingly, these Shelby masterpieces very rarely come to market and, when they do, they fetch a fortune – the last one to sell fetched a cool $7.25million. A genuine derivative is, however, available brand new from just £99,800 plus VAT – here’s the story…….
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Invoiced to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, Shelby Cobra CSX3356 was first sold to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at an inventory reduction price of “$1,000 off dealer cost” and was delivered to Arizona by truck on October 2, 1967. In its original configuration it was equipped with the single four-barrel 427 “side oiler” engine and finished in Red with a Black interior. The Shelby Registry notes that its early history is unknown, but an unidentified owner in the San Antonio, Texas, area offered it for sale in the fall of 1980. The ad described “427 Cobra CSX3356. 7 aluminum wheels, 4 magnesium wheels, chrome side pipes, 200 miles on balanced, blueprinted 427 side-oiler, special competition transmission. Just painted. An exceptional Cobra for someone who is looking for JUST THAT. First time sale since 1970. Expensive – serious inquiries please.”
Carroll Shelby’s impact on the automobile is almost immeasurable. He won in almost every form of motorsport he attacked, excelling as a driver and then as a manufacturer and racing team manager. He also redefined the sports car with the 289 Cobra, a lightweight hybrid that married AC’s Ace roadster with Ford’s all-new thinwall V-8 engine. Once Shelby’s chief engineer Phil Remington and driver Ken Miles sorted the combination, the Cobra proved a terror in competition, immediately trailering the new-for-1963 Corvette Sting Ray and eventually winning the World Manufacturers Championship in Daytona Coupe form.
In 1964 Shelby introduced the FIA version of the small block Cobra. The latter competed in the same year in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series against vehicles such as Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the birth of the model.
For this reason, in order to celebrate the 289 Ford powered roadsters, Shelby will offer 50 limited editions (CSX7000) Shelby 289 FIA Cobras. Each one of them will be painted in “Viking Blue” exterior color and will include the emblematic FIA stripes and roundels.
Here is a very Special Edition 2011 Shelby GT500 Cobra. Attended and autographed by motoring legend Carroll Shelby, and auctioned on-line by Collector Car Productions at the Canadian International AutoShow event in Toronto, Ontario, on February 10th, 2010. Accompanied by Mr. David E. Davis and Mr. Bob Bondurant, Carroll Shelby was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame that night as the first international inductee. The Carroll Shelby Tribute Event was in support of the Canadian Shelby Foundation and the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation.
This Shelby Cobra is 1 of 2 cars in existence! Purchased from Ford Motor Company of Canada by the Toronto Dealers Association (TADA) for the purpose of promoting the Shelby Tribute Charity Event where 30 historically significant Shelby cars were placed on display from collections across North America, both Special Edition cars showcase a factory prototype suspension not available with any other Shelby GT500!Click on Read more!
We, at MuscleVehicles – The Muscle Cars Blog are sorry to say that Carroll Shelby, Automotive Legend passed away. He indeed was a legend. Here is the official statement, which is attributable to Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company and great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.:
Carroll Shelby, Automotive Legend Dies
Carroll Shelby, Ford Family for More Than Half a Century
“Today, we have lost a legend in Ford Motor Company’s history, and my family and I have lost a dear friend. Carroll Shelby is one of the most recognized names in performance car history, and he’s been successful at everything he’s done. Whether helping Ford dominate the 1960s racing scene or building some of the most famous Mustangs, his enthusiasm and passion for great automobiles over six decades has truly inspired everyone who worked with him. He was a great innovator whose legend at Ford never will be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Shelby Cobra. The most recent celebration happened this past weekend at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. Many, many Shelby Cobra owners gathered for a 50th anniversary reunion put on by the Team Shelby Pacific Coast Division. All kinds of Cobras were gathered in front of the museum, from 289-powered slab-sided Cobras to original 427 side-oiler models to the modern continuation Cobras. Drew Phillips was at the event which drew plenty of locals and took pictures of these awesome cars.
You can enjoy all of these iconic vehicles at the Shelby Cobra 50th anniversary reunion in the photo gallery below. Read more, check out the gallery!
NEW YORK – March 27, 2012 – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), will introduce its most powerful Shelby yet on April 5, 2012, at the New York International Auto Show. Carroll Shelby and his team created the Shelby 1000 by starting with a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 and kicking its handling, horsepower and braking to the performance edge.
The Shelby 1000 will be offered in both a street and a Shelby 1000 S/C “off-road” track version. The street legal, pump gas version dyno’s out at approximately 950 HP, while the track oriented S/C edition is rated at over 1,100 HP.
“Carroll Shelby is a visionary who has pushed the boundaries of performance his entire life,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “He challenged the Shelby American team to develop the Shelby 1000 and wanted to unveil this amazing new Shelby at the New York Auto Show celebrating 50 years since he unveiled the very first Shelby Cobra that changed the face of high performance. We will have that very car, Cobra #1 (CSX2000) along with Shelby 1000 on display in our Shelby American booth in New York.”
Hot Rod Magazine took the two best Shelby vehicles of all time, the 427 Cobra and the new 2011 GT500 Super Snake, to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to find out which is the baddest ever.
Rob Kinnan from Hot Rod and Gary Patterson from Shelby North America race each car on the road course and the drag strip to see which is fastest in the different disciplines. Carroll Shelby tells why he created the Super Snake and shares what his favorite is! Watch The Video!