Automotive history has had its fair share of interesting characters, and Carroll Shelby will go down in history as one of the most colorful of them all. He had a successful, albeit short-lived career as a world-class racing driver, but his influence as a manufacturer and deal-maker is still felt today. He is among a small group of Americans to have found success in European sports car racing, and he is part of an elite group of American drivers to stand at the top step of the podium at Le Mans. While his motorsport aspirations as a driver were cut short due to a heart condition, his off-track exploits and creative business partnerships are what made him a household name. With a Le Mans victory, numerous SCCA wins and several world land-speed records under his belt, Carroll Shelby was no doubt a keen driver with the experience and fine-tuned ability to identify a truly good car. Inspired by the likes of Sydney Allard before him, had the ambition to sell a European-style sports car with American power that he could aim directly at US enthusiasts eager to participate in sports car racing. Shelby briefly considered Healey, but Donald Healey had a perfectly good relationship with Austin. AC’s beautiful and fine-handling Ace Bristol deeply impressed Shelby, and he thought that if he could wedge a V8 in there, he might just create the ideal sports car for American buyers. The timing was perfect for AC as well, whose supply of proven Bristol engines was soon to dry up, and Ruddspeed-tuned Ford Zephyr six was proving to be quite fragile. Shelby had the persona of a down-home Texas chicken farmer, but he was a shrewd businessman with a keen sense of engineering. He had done his homework, carefully measuring various engines and the AC chassis to ensure his plan was even feasible before approaching Detroit executives. After his idea was rebuffed by GM brass who didn’t want to infringe on the Corvette, Ford was all-ears to the concept. The new “Challenger” small block V8 had just been introduced and the new head of passenger cars Lee Iacocca was eager to erase Ford’s stodgy image. A deal was struck, Ford shipped a new 260 cubic inch thin-wall V8 to AC Cars of Thames Ditton, and the first prototype soon came to life. While it may be easy to say the rest is history – there was a considerable amount of engineering work on behalf of AC Cars to properly develop and strengthen the John Tojiero-designed chassis to handle what was, in essence, double the output of the original AC six. The Cobra legend was born when Dave MacDonald obliterated a field of Corvettes, Jaguars, and Porsches at Riverside Raceway to give the new car its first victory. Soon, American sports car enthusiasts were scrambling to get their hands on this pretty little Anglo-American hybrid. Like the man who created it, the Shelby Cobra became an icon. In July 1964, Mark C. Tower purchased this car, CSX 2197 from Crater Lake Motors in Medford, Oregon. According to the Shelby Registry, the car was delivered in red over black leather and equipped with the Class A accessories package, which included chrome rocker covers, white sidewall tires, luggage rack, radio, and 5-quarts of anti-freeze which brought the invoice total to $5493.05. Mr. Tower owned the car briefly, and by 1966, CSX 2197 was held by Howard Nettleton of Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after that, it went to John Stevens Jensen of California where it was registered “VNN 794”. Mr. Stevens owned the car for several years until he was killed in a road accident in another Cobra. From 1981, it passed through several more known short-term owners. Along the way, it was noted to have just 9,700 miles on the odometer though it did show some signs of past front-end damage. In the late 1980s, CSX 2197 would find a long-term home with Bill Kemper, a highly respected Cobra expert and restorer. In the early 1990s, he embarked on a long-term restoration, working on the car as time permitted, taking the utmost care as it was a personal project. According to Mr. Kemper, the car had been unused since suffering a relatively mild accident, and he believed the sub-10,000 miles on the odometer to be accurate. He reported that the Cobra was entirely stripped down, the chassis properly repaired and precisely reinforced and updated based on Kemper’s specifications by Baurle Auto Sport of Addison, Il. The body was completely restored, with great care given to preserving as much original alloy as possible. The front outer panels from the doors forward were replaced, but the doors, rear clip, footwells and engine bay panels are said to be comprised of original metal, painstakingly restored to a very high standard and returned to its original red color. Today it presents in stunning condition, having been used gently in the hands of its most recent owner. Kemper, of course, had the engine balanced, blueprinted and completely rebuilt along with the gearbox and rear differential. It extremely well-presented with much of the original hardware restored and replated, and detailed with correct labels and markings. It retains its correct, early-type Harrison aluminum radiator as well as the generator which was unique to these early Cobras. The interior is finished in black leather as originally equipped and features correct Smiths gauges with the wonderful Rotunda Tachometer to the left of the column (Shelby switched to Stewart-Warner gauges and Ford electrics approximately three cars later). The steering wheel and shift knob are also correct for the car’s original specification. This fabulous Cobra has seen only light use since its world-class restoration was completed, and the leather and upholstery remain in excellent condition. Included in the sale is a full top and side-curtain set, as well as the original early-type jack, firewall mounted grease gun, and a set of restored King Dick spanners. Fully detailed and immaculately presented, this is an outstanding early Cobra with well-known provenance from new. It benefits from a meticulous, 3,000-plus hour restoration by a highly respected marque expert. Beautiful, highly correct and an absolute thrill to drive, CSX 2197 is an exquisite Cobra, ideally suited for rallies and tours.
1966 Shelby GT350H This is perhaps the best, unmolested, original Shelby GT350 we have ever seen or driven. Other than a paint color change from black to red in the early 1970's, this car is all original. The body has never been damaged or rusted, paint condition is still excellent after all these years, and the interior is all original and perfect. Always maintained to the highest standards it drives flawlessly. These days you're seeing more and more Shelby Mustangs on vintage rallies, and for good reason. They are fantastic to drive and are supremely reliable. Asking $145,000.
CHASSIS NUMBER: SFM6S1509 Genuine Shelby GT350, ideal for Goodwood, Le Mans Classic, Spa 6hr, Masters Gentleman Drivers, Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore. Imported into the UK in 1996 by the Wheatcroft Family of Donington fame, chassis SFM6S1509R was subsequently turned into a competitive race car by Roxwell Racing, Essex. Having spent many years competing in Europe and even a race-winning visit to South Africa, this GT350 is a well developed and race-ready car with current FIA HTP papers and 430bhp Steve Warrior race engine. With the Shelby GT350 one of the most versatile historic racers - running competitively in all the headline race and road rally events, they not only represent great investments, but they offer a hugely diverse range of events to enjoy with a racing team mate. Also included with the car is the original engine as a spare.
1966 Shelby GT 350 s/n SFM6S1433, Engine no. 6R09K172853 (included) Red with White Stripes and Black Interior More than fifty years ago Carroll Shelby put his name on the first K-coded Mustang fastback, packing the potent 289/271 hp engine and just a handful of other changes, making the now legendary GT 350. And while individual modifications were seemingly minor to an already potent Hi-Po package, the collective difference was remarkable. Shelby knew how to market the new cars, his team knew how to drum up media interest, and with Ford race support, the word was out – if you wanted a capable American performance car that could compete against any of the high priced European offerings, the GT350 was a great choice. Not only was the GT350 a performance car, utilizing the proven Mustang platform, enthusiasts could enjoy American reliability and sports car handling without worrying about costly maintenance or difficulty acquiring parts. By 1966 successful sales and racing momentum with Ford had grown significantly. Both Shelby and Ford increased their marketing efforts, expanding the Shelby offering, beginning with a range of paint colors including red, blue, green, black, as well as
1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe Recreation s/n CA950243 Guardsman Blue Metallic with white stripe One of the most remarkable cars ever assembled, the Shelby Daytona Coupe rightfully takes its place at the pinnacle of the Cobra legacy. Carroll Shelby’s passion to beat Ferrari at Le Mans came with the realization that the most powerful Cobra roadster lacked the body design to achieve 180+ mph along the Mulsanne straightaway, making it incapable of competing against the formidable Ferrari GTO. Undaunted by the challenge and eager to meet the coming season, young Peter Brock and the Shelby team set about designing an all new aerodynamic body over the roadster chassis. The genius of the Brock design resided primarily in the truncated tail, adapted from Brock’s interest in the 1930s German aerodynamicist Dr. Kamm, who developed the Kamm Tail. With little time to spare, Brock built an intuitively shaped body, capturing both aerodynamic functionality and brutal beauty in a way no other car had done before. Uniquely American in construction and design, the car hit the racetrack proving over and over again with GT class wins in 1964 and 1965 at Sebring, Le Mans, capturing the World Sportscar Champ
1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 VIN: SFM5S517 This blue striped beauty is number 517 of the 562 Shelby Mustang GT350s built in 1965. The smallest and lightest of the GT 350 models, the 2-seater fastback came with the â€˜Cobra hi-riser' K-Code 289ci, 306 hp V8 attached to a 4-speed manual transmission. As with all 1965 GT350s, 5S517 is painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes. It has the optional Le Mans top stripes, also in Guardsman Blue. Finished in July of 1965, 5S517 remained in Shelby American's possession until January of 1966 when the car was finally sent out into the world to find its first owner. It found a home in the spring of 1966 with Fred H. Thompson of Jackson, MS. After a couple years of use Fred fancied a 1962 Corvette belonging to Ronnie MacDowell, also of Jackson, MS and traded the car straight across. MacDowell got the itch less than a year later, and 5S517 was swapped again, this time to Mississippi lawyer and racer Sam E. Scott for a 1967 Shelby GT350 #097. Scott was a partner with Car and Driver editor William Jeanes in the legendary Southern good times racing team, Bolus & Snopes. Known for their lighthearted attitude towards professional racing,
1967 Shelby 427 Cobra VIN: CSX 3279 According to the Shelby American World Registry, CSX 3279 was billed to Shelby American on June 10, 1966, and is noted as being originally finished in Green acrylic paint with a black interior. It was then billed from Shelby to Ron's Ford Sales, of Bristol, Tennessee, for a total cost of $6,386.50. Geoff Howard, of Danbury, Connecticut, would become the Cobra's first known owner, after acquiring it in 1975 and restoring it from 1975 and 1976. It was at this time that the present 427-cubic inch, side-oiler engine with medium rise heads and dual quads was installed, replacing the original 428-cubic inch engine. This was a common practice for the Cobras that were initially outfitted with the 428-cubic inch powerplant at the time. The car was refinished in dark green acrylic, but retaining its original interior and Sunburst wheels. and following the completion of its restoration, it was offered for sale in early 1977 by Howard. The car's next owner would be Ken Brenneman, of Clerendon Hills, Illinois. CSX 3279 would see limited street usage by Brenneman, and it was well preserved in his custody. In 2000, it received a cosmetic and mechanical fresheni
This 2009 Shelby Cobra Replica (VSE) is in Tangerine Metallic with Black. Professionally built by suspension engineer and author of Chassis Engineering Herb Adams. Herb designed the monocoque chassis. His ability and knowledge to get the maximum out of a chassis design for cornering, weight distribution, Roll angel etc is second to none. The chassis is all aluminum. The front end (also aluminum) was cast in a foundry here locally. Finished in Lamborghini Tangerine Metallic. Paint is nice and consistent over the entire car. 427 cu in motor with 550 HP. Features include: - Rodeck 350 alluminum block. - Billet Crank by Scat Cranks (41/8" bore x 4" stroke) - Connecting rods - Track Lite by Manley. Ross custom pistons. - Compression ratio of 10.2 to 1 - Aluminum 210cc cylinder heads by Air Flow Reasearch - Solid Roller cams by Crower, Jesel Rocker Arm Shafts and Cam Drive kit - Jones Front Pulleys - 4 Weber 48 ida' Carbs - Intake Manifold by Pierce Manifolds Rare Tremec 6 Speed transmission. Front suspension is a 4 link design with Coil over Shocks. Rear suspension is a solid Axel by Winters. Gear ratio 4:11 California titled and SB 100 smog exemption, A unique car, contact us for furth
Here's your chance to own a well sorted and setup Cobra with less than 2000 miles on the clock! This Cobra features a Fiberglass body, 4-speed transmission, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity from Shelby American, Inc. This absolutely stunning Cobra is ready to be driven, raced, and shown at your favorite Concours or racing event!
Specifications Year of manufacture: 1969 Chassis number: 9F02R480741 Exterior color: Black Jade Interior color: Black Mileage: 84 250 miles Engine displacement: 428ci Hp: 335 hp Gearbox: Manual History Restored vehicle in excellent condition. It has its Marti Report. Built on January 31st, 1969 in Dearborn and delivered new to its first owner on April 22nd, 1969 by Sud Automobile Inc. in Longueuil Canada. Only 314 vehicles produced in this color and one of the 448 cars with the 428ci engine (code R) and 4-speed manual transmission (Code 6)! We also have its user manual as well as the original presentation document of the Shelby GT 350 / GT 500 1969. The Shelby just had the service done by “Bullit Racing” a French specialist. Car report in the French magazine Torque #22. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 175 000 euros Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/12738-shelby-gt-500/ Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 – Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Jean Lain Vintage – Workshop and restoration / +334 50 84 21 80 9 Rue de la Californie 74 100 Ville-la-Grand France email@example.com http://jeanlainvintage.com/ Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment only
This stunning blue with white racing stripe Shelby GT350 is called a “Carry Over Shelby” and was built in 1965, but was held over, and titled as a 1966. It was dispatched 10/26/1965 to City Motors in National City, CA and its first owner was W. R. Evans. It has been set up for vintage racing with an R-Model apron, fuel cell, and fire system, as well as a race clutch and locker rear end. Even though it is driveable on the surface streets, it would not be as much fun. It is presently race prepped, and was race prepped before every race. It was repainted in 2001 and won 2nd place in the Shelby Competition class by popular vote at the SAAC-27 California Speedway in the summer of 2002. It ran the GT350/Trans Am Race at SAAC-27, and at the same event, it qualified 26th, finishing 22nd. It ran the high speed even at SAAC Does Vegas-8 in July of 2004, and the SAAC Does Vegas-10 in February 2006. Since 2001 it has raced at thirteen Coronado Speed Festival events (San Diego, CA); seven Wine Country Classics (Infineon Raceway); eleven Monterey Historic (Laguna Seca, CA); three Seattle Historic races (Pacific International Raceway Seattle, WA); two Portland Historics (Portland, OR); and multip
(SOLD) Here's your chance to own a well sorted and setup Cobra with less than 2000 miles on the clock that includes all of the upgrades you'd want in a high performance race car! This Cobra re-creation has been the subject of a recent no-expense-spared restoration. This roadster features a 408/456hp Keith Craft Racing engine with alumicated headers, side exhaust, 4 barrel carbs, polished engine accessories full instrumentation, and a battery cutoff switch. In addition, the Cobra includes racing belts, electronic ignition, alloy wheels (with 3 eared knockoffs) and a set of Goodyear Tires. With great attention to detail, this absolutely stunning Cobra build is ready to be driven, raced, and shown at your favorite Concours or racing event!