Shelby To Make 50th Anniversary Cobra

By | January 25, 2011

Shelby announced the 50th Anniversary 289 Cobra at the 40th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Auction last Friday (January 21,2011). Only 50 of the 50th Anniversary cars will be built: all in “Shelby Black” with “a premium wine colored leather interior, special badges, wire wheels and other items,” according to Shelby’s website.

The original (1962-1965) Cobras were European AC Ace cars powered by small-block Ford 289ci (4.7L) V8s. A large American V8 in a European roadster that weighed less than 2100 competed with Ferrari, Jaguar, Corvette, Porsche and Aston Martin sports and race cars.

The new cars are being called a continuation of the originals and have modern safety improvements added to the frame and brakes. The cars start at $69,995 for a fiberglass or $134,995 for an aluminum bodied car — neither prices include the cost of the drive train or installation.

(Jason Udy, Shelby American Inc)

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