Conceived by Carrol Shelby, the original Cobra came about as an Anglo-American co-operation initiated and brought to fruition by Mr. Shelbys efforts to put the then-new Ford small-block V-8 into the AC Cars of Englands lightweight Ace roadster. Later, in a quest for ever-increasing performance, Shelby-American redesigned the car to accept Fords bigger-block 427 engine that provided a quantum leap in speed. The new cars were an American re-design although still built by AC in England. With the extra weight and power, the 427 was notoriously tricky to handle, but did achieve an astounding 0 to 100 mph and back to 0 time of just over 13 seconds on street tires. In the hands of very capable drivers, full-race versions proved successful in competition. Although somewhat limited in general sales, the Cobra went on to be one of the most replicated cars in history and established Shelby as an automotive legend. Here I've done a rendition of the iconic, muscular 427 Cobra in the technical Blueplanprint style that will appeal to both engineering types and auto enthusiasts and will make a great addition to the den, garage, bar or rec room. Thanks for looking!
January 4th, 2014
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