Carroll Shelby is an American automotive legend. He started in chicken farming, moved to racing cars, and ended up building racing, as well as racing-inspired machines for the road. One of his projects was when he went to British outfit AC Cars in 1961 and asked them if they would build him a car that could accept a V8. AC Cars agreed, as long as Shelby could source the engine. Chevrolet turned him down, but Ford was willing. Hence, the birth of the AC Cobra, also known as the Shelby Cobra in the US of A. Here’s a fine 1966 Shelby Cobra 351 Windsor for sale from California, with just a smidge over 10,000 miles on it after the build by Factory Five. The seller says he always runs at least once a week. If the idea of a British car with an American powerplant piques your interest, why not take a dive on this one?
The petite and svelte styling of AC Cars previous roadsters was muscled up and injected with brawn in preparation for the V8 engine, resulting in the styling that this 1966 Shelby Cobra 351 Windsor proudly presents in a silver paintwork, punctuated by black racing stripes. It rolls on period-correct wheels with new tires installed in 2019, bearing less than 1,000 miles on them as reported. This car’s squat, low-to-the-ground stance displays its purposefulness. For those who like some cover over their heads, the soft-top without windows is included in the sale, although the seller reports that there are other windows that can be adjusted. The interior features two black leather seats and ample instrumentation. There’s a Pioneer CD head unit if you wish to listen to some tunes, and two electric blankets are included for heat. Two pillows with the Cobra logo are thrown in as well.
The title might lead you to believe hat this 1966 Shelby Cobra 351 Windsor packs the aforementioned Ford 351ci Windsor V8, and you would be right on all counts, except the displacement. It’s in fact reported to have been bored out to a 427 and features racing cams, MSD ignition, oil cooler fans and radiator fan. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a 400R five-speed manual transmission. The car also features tube suspension.