The Cobra was born in an era when you could take an engine from one manufacturer and plant it in the body/chassis of another manufacturer, and call it your own creation. This was not an unusual way of doing things back then, and as a result many ‘specials’ were created during this time, most of which have disappeared in the mists of time. The Cobra on the other hand was different, and as one success was followed by another. So the legend began to build until just three short years after the Cobra first drew breath, it had claimed the GT Manufacturers’ World Championship. Shelby’s greatest goal was to go to Europe and to beat Ferrari at his own game, and in 1965 he did just that.
The life of the original AC/Shelby Cobra was short-lived, just five years, with a total of 996 being produced between 1962 and 1968. So simple and popular was the Cobra concept, that replicas continue to be produced to this day, and it is estimated that 50,000 Cobras roam the streets around the world. Carroll Shelby showed the world that a small operation with limited resources could beat the best race cars in the world.
|Title||AC/Shelby Cobra 1962 to 1968 (all models)|
|Sub-title||Owners’ Workshop Manual|
|Published||1 September 2015|
|Page count||160 pages|
|Format||280 x 215 mm portrait, hardback|