January 22, 2014
Rebirth Of A Legend – Shelby Cobra
Back in the early 1960s, a legend was born: 1961 to be exact. The Shelby Cobra was produced until 1964 and made its way into racing circuits with great success.
An press release on Top Speed stated, “The 289 FIA Shelby Cobras were among the most important cars in American racing history. The FIA Cobras built during that period were piloted by racing legends including Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Thus, some of the most revered drivers in the sport put the 289 FIA Cobra into the winner’s circle. Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight chassis was sheer brilliance. Shelby’s formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide,” president of Shelby American John Luft said.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 model. Shelby American is producing an anniversary edition called the CSX700 and unveiling the FIA version of the Shelby Cobra, which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship Series to commemorate the legendary vehicle.
The Shelby Cobra is painted in Viking Blue with Arctic White FIA stripes along with white circles on the doors and hood. Built as a limited edition, there will only be 50 units produced. Base price for the fiberglass model will be $94,995 and the aluminum bodied model base price will be $159,995. These prices do not include the drivetrain.
The CSX700 was unveiled at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale last weekend. Performance numbers have not been released, mainly because the customer has the engine of their choice installed after purchase.
The Cobra 289 FIA is all set up for the 289/302 V-8 Ford Windsor style engines with a complete exhaust that exits in front of the rear tires. The frame is made from three-inch diameter DOM steel. It has an upper traverse leaf with lower arms front and rear independent suspension. The interior features premium black vinyl with optional leather seats and black carpeting, removable steering wheel and a new dash.
The fenders have been widened to accommodate the racing wheels and tires with pin drive hubs. It has cut back doors and oil cooler scoops. Each vehicle is issued CSX serial numbers, a Shelby American MSO and placed in the registry as a fiftieth anniversary edition Cobra.
The 2014 model was built in the same style as the original, but has modern technology and safety abound. “Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality. With a small block V8 pushing only 2,100 lbs., it’s the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy,” stated senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American Vince LaViolette.
“The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year. Shelby American took it to Ferrari, Corvette and other well-supplied, well-funded and established race teams and manufacturers. That was no small feat, even in those simpler times,” added Jeff Gagnon Shelby Expert and SAAC Member.
Image Credit: TopSpeed.com