The British and Americans rarely work hand in hand when it comes to cars but turn back the clock a good 50 years ago, and the marriage between AC cars and Carroll Shelby brought life to one of the prettiest and meanest cars around. With original examples fetching eye-watering figures at auction, settling on a replica is the way to go. If you're looking to get a replica done right, it's hard to look past this 1966 Factory 5 Shelby Cobra. With a reported 15,000 miles on the clock, this classic American muscle sports some tricks up its sleeves and is a close representation of an American legend.
Carroll Shelby was the name behind a lot of iconic cars in the world of automotive history, and probably one of the most iconic machines he had a part in developing was the Shelby Cobra. Sadly, there aren’t enough original Cobras to go around in comparison to the demand, but there are some very accurate replica builds that are in the market, like this particular vehicle, a 1992 Classic Roadsters Cobra Replica. This reportedly Classic Roadsters Ltd build of the iconic Cobra is a beautiful piece of workmanship, and the seller reports that roughly $30k was invested in it recently for upgrades and maintenance. The seller reports new disk brakes, power steering and more wonderful amenities that come with this vehicle, ready for you to take home and enjoy to the fullest.
It’s not hard to see why the AC Shelby Cobra never goes out of style. Better yet, the Shelby Cobra has never truly gone out of production either. Even if you aren’t a gearhead, this car offers something to be appreciated by everyone. Its elegant low streamlined profile and sensual curves are only few details on the list. If you are a petrol head, though, there’s the matter of its renowned heritage, fearsome racing reputation and its bonkers powertrain to go crazy for. This is your chance to own a piece of history with this 1966 Shelby Cobra SC replica, which rocks a vigorous LT1 engine. This stunning specimen awaits in Kansas for its next lucky owner.
Undeniably one of Carroll Shelby’s greatest creations, the Mark III Cobra has everything an enthusiast could want. A sports car that is as powerful as it is beautiful, with one of the most powerful engines of its time, the Cobra MK III is one of the most desired automobiles when it first made its mark in history and remains to be a desired choice even today. Superformance builds MK III Cobras reportedly under license from Carroll Shelby himself, in an effort to keep this legendary automobile alive. Reportedly passing by the hands of only one owner, this Cobra MK III has only 7,800 miles on the clock. For greater transparency, this Cobra also comes with its complete build book MSO, dyno sheet and specs book as well as a cockpit tonneau cover on sale.
The words Shelby and Cobra in one sentence sparks excitement and awe in automotive circles around the world. Finding an original Shelby Cobra is tough, and when you do, they tend to be sold on the higher end of any auction sheet. This gives rise to replicas made of the car, but no one replicates the iconic Shelby Cobra better than the folks over at Factory Five. Regarded as the best-selling, best engineered, and best performing replicas, it's time you have a look at this 1965 Shelby Cobra 5.0 Coyote 6 Speed present here today. Located in South Carolina, the seller reports an extremely intensive build on this Cobra, with only the frame and body not being replaced.
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 story of the AC Cobra is an interesting one. AC Cars was a British automaker who produced two-seat sports cars and roadsters. Their offerings caught the eye of legendary American racer Carroll Shelby who wrote to the company in 1961 asking if they could build him a car, but with a V8. AC agreed on the stipulation that Shelby would find them a suitable engine. Chevrolet wasn’t interested, but Ford decided to help out, and the AC Cobra was born. It was sold as the Shelby Cobra in the United States. Here’s a nice contemporary 1965 Shelby AC Cobra SC 427 that’s been built by Contemporary Classic Motor Car. Crafted after chassis number CSX3045, this enthusiast-owned car has been in the same family for thirty years. Coming from Georgia, it’s got just 3,800 miles on it and has reportedly been garaged. The seller says, "This car has everything I think an AC Cobra should have, down to the gauges and wool carpeting".
When you see “Shelby” in a vehicle name you are guaranteed that you’ll be getting one of a line of iconic vehicles produced and endorsed by the legendary carmaker that carries Carroll Shelby’s name. The AC Shelby Cobra is world renowned model, its images are ubiquitous in every car aficionado’s bedroom and is featured on most lists of best cars. The AC in the AC Shelby Cobra stands for AC (Auto Carriers ltd) Cars – A British outfit. The AC Cobra is an interesting amalgamation of British design and engineering, inspired by American principles and packing a very American Ford V8 of up to 427ci (7.0L). Numerous replicas have been produced as a homage to this iconic car, and we have a 1966 Shelby AC Replica 427 SC (Semi-Competition) for sale. It’s been in its current family for a tad under thirty years and comes with just 7,995 miles on the odometer.
The legendary story of the Shelby Cobra started back in 1961 when fabled retired American racing driver Carrol Shelby asked British automaker AC to build him a car that could carry a V8 engine. With the cars provided by AC, Shelby's team crafted several Cobra models that could be found at home on the streets as well as race tracks. His creation was such an icon in automotive culture that various automakers craved for the license to build continuation Cobra cars. The Superformance Cobra MK III is one such car. It's built by one of the licensed manufacturers who meet the standards of the original AC Cobra. This Superformance 1965 Cobra MK III has spent its time in New Mexico for five years with its current owner. It features a special engine installation and has only 9500 miles on its clock, while its previously-replaced Odometer shows 4500 miles. All maintenance and service work required has been kept up to date, and it is perfect for those looking to stand out — In the owner's own words, it "sounds like a pack of Harley Davidsons going down the road".
For sale is a 2001 Superformance Cobra MKIII with only 9000 miles. This example features a 351 Windsor V8 that has been bored and stroked. Superformance is renowned for their replica and continuation cars, and uphold the highest levels of quality and commitment to recreating worthy tributes to the original. The Superformance MKIII is also the only Cobra replica that is built under license from Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc.
This Street Beast ‘66 Cobra has both style and quite a bit of prestige. Winner of 2008’s Kit Car Magazine Award, this example has been stretched 8 inches and comes equipped with a ton of modern features. With only 3,000 miles, this is a chance to own something truly unique. The gold finish and highly custom interior are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to eye catchers on this Cobra. With multiple “Best in Show” and “Best Paint” wins all around the country, including “Best in Show” at the SWFL Fall Nationals, there is a lot to be excited about.