The year 1962, will forever be remembered in history for being the year, when the entire world of sports cars witnessed the birth of the phenomenal Shelby Cobra, a Ford powered sports cars that revolutionized the sports car industry, so much so that, the entire genre became synonymous with the Cobra line of sports cars. Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., introduced the Shelby Cobra at the 1962 New York Auto Show and now fifty glorious years later, Shelby has yet again rekindled the Shelby Cobra flame, with the plans to introduce 50 new continuation “street car” Cobras to commemorate the milestone. Shelby American made the announcement while unveiling the all new 50th Anniversary Cobra at the 40th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, earlier this week.
The all new 50th Anniversary Cobra will comes with a premium wine colored leather interior, special badges, wire wheel, along with the legendary ‘Shelby Black’ paint job. The classic Shelby Cobra CSX2000 series was conceived in Southern California, when engineers had designed the AC ace model to become compatible with the new small engine block from Ford. This started the era of unmatched performance delivered by Shelby Cobra, that made some of the most established names in the industry such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Porsche and Aston Martin jump out to their socks. The legacy of the Shelby Cobra series became immortal with the 1965 FIA World Championship, that was won in a racing version of the Cobra.
Shelby American will manufacture only 50 of the all new 50th Anniversary Cobra editions and each car will come with a price tag of $69,995 for a fiberglass and the aluminum bodied car, without drive train will cost you about $134,995 and both these model will be available exclusively from Shelby American’s dealers.
According to Gary Davis (V.P, Production, Shelby),
“Our CSX8000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements without sacrificing driving excitement or originality. They retain everything from the authentic style leaf spring suspension to the graceful lines, but are upgraded to contemporary standards. For instance, we used Wilton Wool carpeting and the same leather found in high end cars, modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fiberglass.”