- Product description
The Shelby Cobra is truly one automobile that stands out from all others. Conceived and built by legendary driver/automotive engineer Carroll Shelby, it quickly became apparent that there had never been another car like this one. On roads and racecourses, the Cobra would change everything – leaving European race competitors like Ferrari stunned as a bunch of upstart Americans stripped them of their hold on the checkered flag.
Carroll Shelby was a chicken farmer from Leesburg, Texas, whose interest in drag racing would lead him to become a world-class racecar driver. During the 1950s, he was twice selected by Sports Illustrated as “Driver of the Year.” Shelby retired from racing in 1961 because of health reasons, but his interest in racing never failed. He was soon designing and building what would become the greatest sports cars in automotive history: the Shelby Cobra.
The Shelby Cobra is a car whose legend has not only endured, but flourished and intensified over time. Built between the years 1962 and 1968, there were just over 1,000 of them ever made. Originally, the Cobra was a component car. The aluminum body, chassis and undercarriage components were manufactured in Britain by the AC (short for Auto Carriers) Company. The lightweight and ultra-sleek bodies would then be shipped to Carroll Shelby’s facility in California, where the engines and transmissions were installed and final assembly was completed.
Shelby outfitted the early Cobras, those built in 1962 and early ’63, with Ford’s 260 cubic-inch small-block V8. In 1963, Shelby began work on a new generation of Cobra roadster – the one that would solidify the legend. In November 1964, the prototype of the new 427 Cobra was tested in England. Featuring a 427 cubic inch big-block racing engine, it was obvious that a stronger and more sophisticated chassis was needed to cope with the heavier, more muscular engine. That chassis became famous for being the first chassis designed on a computer. Shelby intended to build 100 racing versions of the 427 with hotter 485- hp engines, race suspension and brakes, and wide racing wheels. This stunning version – known as the 427 S/C (street/competition) – sported gleaming side-pipes, hood scoop, a three-point rollbar, and other racing accoutrements.
The Shelby Cobra 427 S/C is still regarded as the quintessence of brute automotive power. As further proof of Carroll Shelby’s brilliance, an original Cobra 427 recently sold at auction for an astounding $5.5 million – a record amount for an American car.
- Viking Blue bakedenamel finish with the Cobra’s famous white racing stripes
- Hood opens to reveal the authentically detailed reproduction of the famous Shelby 427 cubic inch V8 engine
- Doors open to reveal the highly detailed inter
- Authentic Shelby Cobra insignias
- Steerable rubber tires
- Chrome-plated accents
- Opening trunk
Limitation 9,999 complete collections Material Die-Cast metal with plastic parts Weight 1.54 lbs. (.70 kg.) Length 8 1/2'' Variant Precision made scale model Scale Scale: 1:18
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