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The AC Cobra was a Ford powered beast of a sports car built by Carroll Shelby. I rode in a friend's candy apple red 1965 289 version. Basically it was a race car with no mufflers, heater, radio, etc...just a 165 mph brute. The noise and acceleration were unbelievable and defy description. Dayum, it was fun! :)
A non-competition 427 roadster was converted and given to Shelby's close friend, entertainer Bill Cosby. Cosby attempted to drive the super-fast Cobra, but had issues with keeping it under control; he recounted his experience on his 1968 stand-up comedy album 200 M.P.H.. Cosby gave the car back to Shelby, who then shipped it out to one of their dealers in San Francisco, S&C Ford on Van Ness Avenue. S&C Ford then sold it to customer Tony Maxey. Maxey, suffering the same issues as Cosby did with the car, lost control and drove it off a cliff, landing in the Pacific Ocean waters.
December 29th, 2012
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