RE: Showpiece of the Week: Shelby Cobra 427

RE: Showpiece of the Week: Shelby Cobra 427

Monday 29th January

Showpiece of the Week: Shelby Cobra 427

There are no cheap versions of the classic Carroll Shelby built. But some nearly new ones are available for mortgage-size money



Many Anglo-American creations have achieved great fame. Fleetwood Mac. The Harrier Jump Jet. Winston Churchill. The atom bomb. But few are as romantically satisfying as the merger of England's elfin AC Ace with a V8 engine sourced from Dearborn. 

Presiding over the union, Carroll Shelby; the Texan for whom speed mattered perhaps above all else. By 1959 Shelby had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin factory car, reputedly driving with a nitroglycerine capsule under his tongue in case his famously leaky heart valve played up - but his racing career was already over. Four months later, at 36, he retired. 


The cogs in Shelby's head, though, had hardly stopped spinning. In 1961 he wrote to AC, and asked if they could modify the Ace to accept an eight-cylinder engine. The idea was not completely novel, of course: Shelby himself had driven Allard Motor Company cars a decade previous which married British chassis with imported American muscle - yet the two were never fused together quite so perfectly as when the cutting edge 4.3-litre (and 4.7-litre) Ford Windsor V8 met the Surrey-born AC. 

Ford thought so too, and started writing Shelby some cheques to help with the car's development. Less than two years later, the redesigned MkII Cobra appeared with rack and pinion steering - although it was the '65 MkIII, with a stronger chassis, coil springs all-round and the 7.0-litre '427' V8 that provided Shelby American with a bonafide classic. 

Factor in the model's low volume production run - just 260 road cars were produced, with fewer than one hundred more intended for competition - not to mention the attrition rate of a car with over 425hp and only four fat radials to keep it on the road, and it's no surprise that original examples are among the most cherished (and expensive) classic purchases that it's possible to make in the States. Second only to their values are the 'continuation' cars, built with official Shelby serial numbers that continue on from where the firm left off in 1967. 


Naturally these aren't as historically significant as the ones originally handcrafted in England and then shipped to America for perfecting in the swinging 60s - but they remain very highly sought after, as evidenced by the price tag of this week's Showpiece. The car in question is one of the 50 cars built by Shelby to commemorate the 427's half century in 2015. Each was sold as a rolling chassis, and could be had either in fibreglass or aluminium - the latter costing $180,000 before you went to the trouble of finding a suitable big-block V8. 

"Genuine Shelby Cobras are very rare and desirable," said a spokesman at the time. "We wanted to honour Cobra's unique heritage, while incorporating a few upgrades that Carroll personally approved before his death in 2012. These 50 limited edition cars keep the flame sparked by the race-winning Cobras burning bright. There just isn't anything like a real Shelby Cobra." Of course he was proven immediately correct by the near vertical appreciation the model experienced once clear of the production line. It is on that trajectory that SuperVettura Sunningdale has valued this example, which can be had for £500,000 if you wish to export it or £600,000 if you're paying the VAT. 


We rather hope it's the latter because there are few sights and sounds worth savouring quite so much as the raw spectacle of a properly cherished 427 Cobra coming along the high street. With a 7.0-litre V8 motor present and correct on the checklist, and just 200 miles on the clock, our hero certainly qualifies as that - and the claimed 600hp output ought to mean that its performance is as spectacular now as it was in its heyday. 

"The big block Shelby Cobra changed the way the world viewed American manufacturers when Carroll Shelby introduced it in January 1965," said Joe Conway, CEO. "Shelby American's goal was to create the world's first hyper car and the Cobra lived up to its potential."

See the original advert here.

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r11co

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sisu

426 posts

105 months

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Yeah gotta love the old Carol Shelby Spin on this.. Shelby are in Nevada who have some relationship with the state prison for labour and they only make a fibreglass Cobra kit.. mmm quality.
For this 50th anniversary "limited" run they bought 50 aluminium Cobra bodies from Kirkham Cobra in Utah. In the same way you can buy a aluminium Kirkham Cobra from Hawk cars in Kent.
But Kirkham don't make the bodies, they just assemble them as they are made at Mielec in Poland.

That is a very expensive horn button and would go well with a Carrol Shelby signed glove box lid decal

unpc

1,981 posts

145 months

Monday 29th January
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Yeah but it's LHD and everybody knows you'll never be able to overtake anything ever.

sisu

426 posts

105 months

Monday 29th January
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If you want to get really authentic they should supply them with a cheaper Ford Thunderbird 428 engines and only fit a race spec 427 FE when you complain.

coppice

4,641 posts

76 months

Monday 29th January
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Nope- they should use the 4727 cc V8 and the narrower body- like the original 289.It is so much better looking than the pumped up steroid 427 - which at least 90% of replicas ape.
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suffolk009

3,802 posts

97 months

Monday 29th January
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coppice said:
Nope- they should use the 4727 cc V8 and the narrower body- like the original 289.It is so much better looking than the pumped up steroid 427 - which at least 90% of replicas ape.
I agree. Completely.

sisu

426 posts

105 months

Monday 29th January
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Kirkham do the narrow 289 leaf spring version, the coupe and any other combination you want. here

Turbobanana

1,043 posts

133 months

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coppice said:
Nope- they should use the 4727 cc V8 and the narrower body- like the original 289.It is so much better looking than the pumped up steroid 427 - which at least 90% of replicas ape.
Or better still, build a twin-turbo one like Rod Leach had in the '70s & '80s. Registered COB 1, it had something like 700 BHP if I remember correctly, although that sounds less impressive now.

I remember reading about it in an early '80s Classic & Sportscar mag where he was complaining about the cost of filling it up: £70!

import4fun

2 posts

13 months

Monday 29th January
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Have a look at N D Metalcraft website.

ChilliWhizz

8,472 posts

93 months

Monday 29th January
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The article makes reference to the 24hr LeMans, which was won in 1959 by the Aston Martin DBR1 (actually car DBR1/2) driven by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby, with DBR1/4, driven by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frére taking second place.

Last year I attended a PH day out to a small engineering company in Suffolk who build 'recreations' of the Aston Martin DBR1 race cars, and snapped the pic below, which now reminds me of Carroll Shelby whenever I look at it smile (DBR1 in the background)


kurt535

2,446 posts

49 months

Monday 29th January
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beautiful! saw some at their factory when i was out there last october....they still had a couple of daytonas for sale for @$600k. if i was uber rich, id have one - absolutely no question about it. have a picture somewhere ill try and dig out




daveco

3,527 posts

139 months

Monday 29th January
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Stunning looking things and amazing to think that the shape has remained unchanged for decades yet still has such road presence.

This and the Corvette of yesteryear (well every Corvette shape until the most recent one!) are just awesome to look at and listen to.

vixen1700

9,985 posts

202 months

Monday 29th January
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Turbobanana said:
Or better still, build a twin-turbo one like Rod Leach had in the '70s & '80s. Registered COB 1, it had something like 700 BHP if I remember correctly, although that sounds less impressive now.

I remember reading about it in an early '80s Classic & Sportscar mag where he was complaining about the cost of filling it up: £70!
Yep, Rod Leach's Nostalgia and it's still going. If I remember rightly COB1 was Bill Cosby's old car.

aeropilot

15,788 posts

159 months

Monday 29th January
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scratchchin at that advert, as it claims it's got a 427........and it sort of looks like it does from the perhaps conveniently too close shot of the engine bay...........but, that gearlever location and shape clearly indicate it has a small block fitted (the big block engine necessitated the famous cranked gearlever handle for the Toploader 'box)




freeform

39 posts

92 months

Monday 29th January
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The usual PH: Throw up a hastily scripted attention getter headline and wait for the forum to write the story...

coppice

4,641 posts

76 months

Monday 29th January
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vixen1700 said:
Turbobanana said:
Or better still, build a twin-turbo one like Rod Leach had in the '70s & '80s. Registered COB 1, it had something like 700 BHP if I remember correctly, although that sounds less impressive now.

I remember reading about it in an early '80s Classic & Sportscar mag where he was complaining about the cost of filling it up: £70!
Yep, Rod Leach's Nostalgia and it's still going. If I remember rightly COB1 was Bill Cosby's old car.
No, no and no; neither 289 nor 427 (nor much else in period ) sported turbos and , headline grabbing alleged BHP figure apart ,how does it make it better ? I'll stick with a quartet of Webers thanks- and exhausts exiting at the rear . I don't take calls from Mr Vulgarity ...

aeropilot

15,788 posts

159 months

Monday 29th January
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coppice said:
vixen1700 said:
Turbobanana said:
Or better still, build a twin-turbo one like Rod Leach had in the '70s & '80s. Registered COB 1, it had something like 700 BHP if I remember correctly, although that sounds less impressive now.

I remember reading about it in an early '80s Classic & Sportscar mag where he was complaining about the cost of filling it up: £70!
Yep, Rod Leach's Nostalgia and it's still going. If I remember rightly COB1 was Bill Cosby's old car.
No, no and no; neither 289 nor 427 (nor much else in period ) sported turbos and , headline grabbing alleged BHP figure apart ,how does it make it better ? I'll stick with a quartet of Webers thanks- and exhausts exiting at the rear . I don't take calls from Mr Vulgarity ...
Leach's 'twin-turbo' COB 1 was a bdisation IIRC, didn't it have a widened or lengthened chassis that was built <cough> sometime after all the originals were.....and thus its not an original CSX car......??

Memory cells are dimming with age now though.........






Gareth9702

175 posts

64 months

Tuesday 30th January
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A better story would be about the exact replica built in Stoke and available for a realistic sum of money. The horn button can be added later.

ericmcn

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Tuesday 30th January
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ericmcn

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FWIW

Vehicle make: AC
Date of first registration: October 1967
Cylinder capacity (cc): 7010 cc
CO₂Emissions: Not available
Fuel type: PETROL
Export marker: No
Vehicle status: Not taxed
Vehicle colour: BLACK