The 1960's were an exciting era in racing! It was an era of inovation! Rear engines and cars with moveable aerodynamic devices which came to be known as wings began to appear. The battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance at Le Mans, the rise of Porsche and the innovation of Chaparral are all hallmarks of racing during the years between 1965 and 1969. The era up to 1970 was a time of great innovation, big engines, open rules and trying to harness aerodynamics. It was a golden era!

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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra (Sebring, 1963): Phil Hill and Dan Gurney drove the Shelby American entry at Sebring in 1963, plagued by mechanical trouble, they finished 29th in this car (Chassis CSX2128). The 4.7L (289 cu. in. powered Cobra was successfully campaigned by Shelby in SCCA and USRRC races during the rest of the 1963, with Dave McDonald doing the driving. It was briefly campaigned by Coventry Motors in 1963, before being entered again by Shelby in the 1964 season, driven by Ken Miles and Ed Leslie.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra (Sebring, 1963): Before Ferrari, "Enemy #1" for Henry Ford was GM. To beat GM and its Corvettes, Ford put its money and reputation behind Carroll Shelby and his Cobra. Both GM and Ford had multiple cars entered at the 1963 Sebring 12-Hours in 1963. GM had seven Corvettes and Ford had six Cobras, four of which were Shelby cars. This Shelby Cobra was entered for Ken Miles and Lew Spencer to drive by Ed Hugus. The 4.7L cars with 350 HP were prime contenders in their GT Class.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra (Sebring, 1963): Phill Hill was paired with Dan Gurney in one of the other Shelby entries, but Gurney wanted to do the majority of the driving, so Hill was moved to this car and did double duty driving both cars. Reliable, the car finished 11th overall and 1st in class. However, Ferrari occupied the top six places with their prototypes and GT cars. Knowing the Cobra wasn't going to be the ticket, Ford tried to buy Ferrari. That failed effort resulted in the Daytona Coupes and ultimately, the GT40 program.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra : This is chassis CSX2142, which was entered by Ed Hugus and co-driven by Peter Jopp in the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is one of three Cobras originally built for 'Le Mans', recognizable by the low-drag alloy hard-top. The car was disqualified after having to add oil after just 25 laps and later retired due to a blown engine. In the high speed race the roadster's biggest problem was its poor aerodynamics, which limited is top speed considerably.
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1963 AC Cobra Daytona 'Indy' Coupe: Recent information shows that the two hard-top coupes entered at Le Mans in 1963 by Ed Hugus and AC Cars were developed by those parties and not Shelby. This is the AC entry (Chassis #CSX2131), which was known as the Daytona 'Indy' Coupe for its 289 cu in V8 engine (4.7L), which was fit into the Cobra MkII. Peter Bolton ans Ninian Sanderson drove at Le Mans in 1963, bringing this car home in 7th place and first in class. It was the first non-Ferrari finisher at Le Mans that year.
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1963 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra: This Shelby team car (Chassis CSX2128) was driven by Allen Grant in two races before being sponsored by Coventry Motors, the largest Cobra dealer. Grant drove the car to a 2nd place finish at Riverside, before winning with the car at the Monterey Pacific Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Grant was given the drive by Shelby when Dave MacDonald started campaining the King Cobra. The actual car color yellow and the paint scheme and design were done by Grant's roommate, George Lucas of Star Wars fame.
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1962 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra (Riverside, 1962): Bill Krause drove this car in the first race a Cobra was entered, at Riverside, but ultimately retired while in the lead when a wheel came off. From this first race, a revolution in racing had started and a legend born. The Cobra gave notice that once fully sorted, it would be a major force in racing. Powered by a 260 cu in (4.2L) high performance V8, it immediately set a new standard.
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1964 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra 427 SC (SCCA AP Champion, 1973): "The winningest Cobra ever made" is the way this car (Ch. CSX3009) is referred to, along with its affectionate nickname "Ollie the Dragon" (because it regularly belched fire through its hood intake). It started life as one of the Essex Wire team cars in 1965. Ford was Essex largest customer and they decided to sponsor a racing team led by driver Skip Scott, who had been an apprentice to Ken Miles at Shelby. The team raced in the United States Road Racing Championships (USRRC) with Scott, Dick Thompson and Ed Lowther driving the car to a 4th place overall in the USRRC. It was sold to Lowther, who raced it in SCCA for two seasons: taking the car to an A Production National Championship in 1967.
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1964 Shelby-Ford AC Cobra 427 SC (SCCA AP Champion, 1973): The car was sold to Sam Feinstein (who was an accomplished SCCA road racer) in 1968 and he raced the car through the mid-1970's in SCCA regional races on the East Coast of the United States. The car continued its winning ways, with Feinstein taking National A Production Championships in 1968 and 1973. In 1975 and 76, Feinstein campaigned the old race car in SCCA Trans Am events on the East Coast. A true Cobra aficionado, Feinstein was also involved with some other famous Cobra drag racing cars (Dragonsnakes) and street cobras, but that is another story. The car today has been restored to its original Essex Wire livery but is seen here as it raced to win the SCCA Championship at Road Atlanta in 1973.
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1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Shelby American built five FIA specification Cobras and this car (CSX2345) was the last of the five built. The FIA cars were considered the ultimate development of the small block Cobras. Their 289 (4.7L) V8 was capable of producing 400bhp. Other improvements included all disc brakes and a 37 gal. fuel tank for long distance racing. At the Targa Florio in 1964, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant drove this car. The Targa consisted of ten laps on the 45 mile Sicilian circuit. While in 4th place on the 9th lap, suspension failure resulted in their withdrawal and a DNF. Bondurant raced this car extensively in 1964, particularly on hill climbs which were part of the World Championship of Makes.
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1964 Shelby American Targa Florio Team
1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Masten Gregory and Innes Ireland piloted this Cobra at the Targa Florio in '64, but sadly had an accident as Gregory put the car over an embankment and was a DNF. With the small block Ford engine in the lightweight roadster producing bags of power, trying to wrestle the Cobra with its outdated suspension on the Targa was a formidable task. Ireland commented that the Cobra was "The worst car I ever drove."
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1964 Shelby American FIA Cobra: Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Cobra to a 8th place finish and 1st in class (GT+ 3.0) finish at the 1964 Targa Florio. This small block Cobra with its 4.7L V8 engine with four Weber carbs that produced 400bhp, Borg Warner 4-speed transmission, IRS and, disc brakes; this was the ultimate development of the FIA Cobras. Since the new Daytona coupes were not suited for the brutal Targa Florio, the rugged Cobra roadster was used instead. Gurney and Grant's effort was important for Shelby to keep in the hunt for the The GT Manufacturers Championship which was ultimately won by Ferrari in 1964, with Shelby Cobra second.,
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Sebring 1964): Each of the six Daytona Coupes built was uniquely different,none more so than the first one. It was the only Daytona wholly constructed at Shelby American and not by Carrozzeria Gransport in Italy. This is the prototype (CSX2287) and it has several key differences from the others, such as no rear spolier, smaller headlights, a curved roof, etc. It was driven to the GT class win at Sebring in 1964 by Bob Holbert and Dave McDonald.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Le Mans 1964): The Ford powered Daytona Coupe driven by Gurney and Bondurant at Le Mans in 1964, finished 4th behind three Ferrari prototypes and helpe galvanize Ford's resolve to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. They did finish first in the GT class however, ahead of the highest placing Ferrari 250 GTO.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Le Mans 1965): For Le Mans in 1965, five Daytona Coupes were brought to the race under Alan Mann's direction, to solidify the hold on the World GT Championship title by Ford and Shelby. Among the Daytonas prepared for Le Mans was this car (Ch. CSX 2287) the first Daytona Coupe built and the most raced of all the Coupes. Driven by Tom Payne and Bob Johnson, they ultimately retired due to a faulty head gasket. It was the last race for CSX 2287, but it was used later in the year to set 23 FIA international speed records with Craig Breedlove and Bobby Tatroe behind the wheel.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Monza 1000 Km, 1965): Bob Bondurant and Allen Grant hoped to build on the team's earlier successes at Daytona and Sebring in 1965. Paired together in this Coupe (Ch. # CSX 2601), they took the fight for the 1965 World GT Championship to Monza for the 1000km race there. Bondurant qualified on pole, with teammates John Whitmore and Jack Sears several positions back. The Daytonas were almost as quick as the Ferrari and Ford prototypes, with Bondurant and Grant finishing 8th overall, 1st in class. The second team car finished 2nd in class.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Sebring 1965): Sebring in 1965 was infamous for the rain squall which over a two hour period, flooded most of the track and pits; making it look more like a speed boat race. The Daytona Coupes filled so full of water, the mechanics had to punch drain holes in the floor. As the track drained, the faster cars were able to get back to top speeds. This Coupe (Ch.# CSX 2299) driven by Jo Schlesser and Bob Bondurant easily won the GT class and finished 4th overall in a very tightly contested field of cars from Chaparral, Ferrari and Ford.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Spa 500 Km, 1965): Alan Mann had taken over the management and preparation of the Shelby cars at Monza for the balance of the 1965 season, beginning at the Monza 1000km, where Bob Bonurant and Allen Grant took a class win and 8th overall. Three weeks later, the team was at Spa-Francorchamps for the Spa 500km race. Two cars were entered with Bondurant and John Whitmore as drivers. This car (Ch. # CSX 2601) was driven by Bondurant and the pair, along with Ferrari 275LM driver Willy Mairesse soon out distanced the field. Whitmore and Bondurant pushed each other hard for the lead, Whitmore setting the race fastest lap in the process. They pushed too hard, Whitmore retired, Bondurant limping on seven cylinders to finish 2nd in GT class and retain the Championship points lead.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)

1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe/u> (Daytona 2000 Km, 1965): This Daytona Coupe (CSX2299) is the most successful of the six Daytona coupes built, based on the number of class wins won in this car. Bob Johnson, Harold Keck and Jo Schlessor won their class at Daytona 2000 km in 1965 and finished 2nd overall to start the 1965 season. After Daytona, the car was used in class wins at Sebring, Tourist Trophy and Le Mans, repeating its class win and 4th overall finish at Le Mans in 1964. 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe/u> (Daytona 2000 Km, 1965): Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Bonneville, 1965): CSX2287 was the first Daytona Cobra Coupe built and has the purest areodynamic shape of the six coupes built, perfect for speed records. In 1965, Goodyear convinced Shelby to loan one of their cars to run various speed attempts between runs Craig Breedlove was making to set a new LSR of over 600 mph. Rival Firestone wanted Art Arfons to be able to run, but the runs Breedlove made in the Daytona helped set 23 FIA records and kept Arfons off the salt.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Le Mans 1965): Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove this Daytona Coupe (CSX2286) at Le Mans in 1965, one of five Shelby Daytona's entered to take on Ferrari in the GT catagories that year. All five cars were prepared for Le Mans by Alan Mann Racing. Two entries were by Sheby American, one by Ford of France, another by AC Cars and the fifth by Scuderia Filipinetti. Gurney in a Shelby entry had a great start and the car was in 5th position when excess engine vibration caused the crankshaft to fail at 2 am and were classified 22nd.
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Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary 1965 - 2015)

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Le Mans 1965): Scuderia Filipinetti entered this Daytona Coupe (Chassis #CSX2602) at Le Mans in 1965, with Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Harper sharing the driving duties. A blown head gasket in the 10th hour ended their race. Before being sold to Filipinetti, this car was run by Shelby American at Daytona and Sebring, and then by Alan Mann at Spa in 1965.
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1964 AC A98 Coupe (Le Mans 1964): A.C. Cars decided to convert a roadster to their own version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe. Peter Bolton and Jack Sears drove this 4.7L V8 powered coupe at Le Mans in 1964. They led the Shelby entry early on, even though they were down on power. A burst tire which led to an accident that nearly destroyed the car in the 7th hour. Testing of the car on the M1 motorway prior to Le Mans indicated that it had a top speed of 185 mph.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Le Mans 1964): There were six Daytona Coupe's built specifically to win the FIA World Championship, which was run for GT cars. Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant were 4th OA/1st Class in this car (CSX2299) at Le Mans in '64. With a 289 cu in producing 390 hp, 289 ci, the Daytona took on the Ferrari GTO but narrowly lost the championship to Ferrari in '64.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Nurburgring 1000 Km, 1965): Bob Bondurant and Jochen Neerpasch drove to 1st place at the 1965 Nurburgring 1000 km in this car (CSX2601). Shelby would go on to win the World Championship in 1965 with the Daytona's. Daytona's had won their class at Le Mans in 1964 & 65 among their many important victories, achieving what they had been intended to do.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Japanese GP, 1966): At the end of the 1965 season rule changes left the Cobras pretty much obsolete for racing. They did find additional success in a Japanese series in 1966 which is where this car (CSX2299) had its last racing glory at the Japanese GP. A career that included class wins at the 1964 Goodwood Tourist Trophy, 1964 Le Mans, 1965 Daytona and 1965 Sebring races.
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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (Reims 12-Hour, 1965): Bob Bondurant and Jo Schlesser drove this Daytona Coupe (CSX2601)to 5th place overall and 1st in the GT+3.0 class at the Reims 12 Hour race on July 4, 1965. The victory gave Shelby the Worlds Manufacturers Championship. This car was raced extensively in 1965 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, but had its greatest success with Bondurant at Monza, Spa, Nuburgring and Reims with class victories in each of these races.
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1965 Shelby Daytona Super Coupe (Type 65): Missing the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship by a just a few points, Carrol Shelby put Daytona designer Pete Brock on creating a new Daytona Coupe for 1965. A Daytona that was designed around Ford's 427 Cu. In. (7.0L) V8 engine. With a new 'low drag' body, on a lightweight chassis, Brock calculated the new 'Super Coupe' would hit 215 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.
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1965 Shelby Daytona Super Coupe (Type 65): Ford, frustrated with the lack of progress in its GT40 program, turned to Shelby to set it right. This tapped out Shelby's capacity for a new Daytona project, so in moves part political, part economical, the build of the Super Coupe was put in the hands of UK coachbuilder Radfords. Radfords were building the GT40 bodies and their resources stretched thin, but a junior team on the Daytona. The end result is that before Shelby learned of the fiasco, it was too late to complete and test the car before Le Mans in 1965.
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1965 Shelby Daytona Super Coupe (Type 65): The Daytona Super Coupe became a casualty of the Ford effort to unseat Ferrari and languished until sold as part of the Shelby liquidation once the GT40 program ended. It then passed through several hands until along with Pete Brock's help, it was completed and successfully raced in many vintage events. Tests subsequently showed that Brocks 215 mph estimate was accurate!
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1963 Shelby King Cobra: Having no time or resources of his own, Carroll Shelby thought a Ford V8 stuffed into the small sports racer would make a great car to contest the new USRRC championship. Shelby American bought two Cooper Monaco T61M cars, strengthened the space frame chassis to take the Ford 4.7L (289 cu in) V8, which produced 390 bhp and made the 1,400 pound car pretty quick. Dave McDonald set a lap record in the cars first test at Riverside, which showed its potential, backed by some wins and pole positions by McDonald and teammate Al Hoblert. Shelby had ne Ciooper chassis for 1964 aand this car driven by McDonald won at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA after an epic battle with Jim Hall in the Chaparral. It was McDonald's last race as he was sadly killed later that month at Indy.
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1965 Cobra 427 (CSX3014)
Brothers Collection - Salem, Oregon USA
1967 Cobra 427 (CSX3342)
Brothers Collection - Salem, Oregon USA
1964 Cobra 289 (CSX2519)
Brothers Collection - Salem, Oregon USA


1968 Toyota 2000 GT (SCCA CP 1968): The 2000 GT was built between 1967 and 1970 as a collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha, in limited numbers (350) and it showed that the Japanese could produce a sports car to rival those of Europe. It was the first Japanese supercar. To promote the brand in America, Toyota shipped three cars to Shelby American (including the very first production 2000 GT) to develop and campaign in SCCA C Production in 1968. Toyota had a big budget to spend with the intent on raising brand name awareness in America. Using a Yamaha built engine, Shelby increased the capacity from a 2.0L straight-6, with DOHC to 2.3L, producing 200 HP. Shelby stripped out everything that they could and revised the suspension. The car proved competitive from the beginning and Scooter Patrick drove this car to a 3rd place finish in the SCCA CP Championship.
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1968 Toyota 2000 GT (SCCA CP 1968): Shelby aced out Pete Brock's BRE to develop and campaign the 2000 GT in SCCA racing in 1969. Shelby had connections to a lucrative Goodyear tire sponsorship which swung the deal his way. The 2000 GT had development issues, primarily with engines and the SCCA requirement to run Mikuni rather than Weber carbs put the car down on power by about 10 HP. Still, it was a good match to the Porsche 911 and the cars main rival in sales. The 2000 GT cost $6800 new, about the same as a 911 and Jaguar E-Type. Still, with Toyota a relative unknown, only 61 sold in the USA. For a first year of competition, the 2000 GT did very well, with this car driven by Dave Jordan finishing 4th in the SCCA CP Championship behind its sister car and two 911's. Still, Toyota expected better and withdrew its support for the 1969 season.
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1968 Toyota 2000 GT
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1968 Toyota 2000 GT: The Shelby Toyota 2000 GT Team
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1964 Sunbeam Tiger Le Mans (Le Mans 1964): The Rootes Group answer to the AC Cobra was the Tiger and in 1964, they prepared two cars for Le Mans; both with coupe bodies and Kamm tails. The cars were built at Lister Cars and were powered by Ford 4.2L V8 's which were modified by Shelby American. They produced a respectable 275bhp, but could not exceed 145mph during Le Mans tests, much slower than the Cobras and E-Types in their class. A great deal of the problem was that Brian Lister had specified aluminum bodies and the company rejected that and made them of steel; rendering them too heavy.
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1964 Sunbeam Tiger Le Mans (Le Mans 1964): The Le Mans cars also had persistent engine problems, which even their new competition manager, Marcus Chambers (former BMC), couldn't rectify. This car driven by Keith Ballisat and Claude Debois blew an engine after two hours. The sister car soldiered on until 1 am when it too lost its engine. It was the last appearance at Le Mans by Sunbeam.
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1965 Sunbeam 'Monster' Tiger: This car originally started life as one of the Sunbeam Lister Tiger Coupes which contested Le Mans in 1964. Alan Fraser collaborated with Bernard Unett, a Rootes factory test driver, on building the Tiger that would become the Monster after Fraser saw Unett cleaning up in the Le Mans Coupe, winning the Autosport Cup. They lowered the car 3" and removed the ultralight aluminum body panels off the Le Mans Coupe to use on the Monster. The fenders were widened to fit wider wheels, which in turn allowed oversized disc brakes. They cut ducts and vents into the body to improve cooling to the brakes as well as the cockpit.
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1965 Sunbeam 'Monster' Tiger: Powered by a 4.3L Ford V8 was fed by two Webers and produced over 300 hp. The made an extremely fast race car! It was painted flag blue over white with the cross of St. Andrew on the hardtop as a tribute to Fraser's Scottish heritage. With Unett driving, the car was very successful, gaining multiple wins and narrowly missing out winning the Autosport Championship of 1966. It was campaigned at select events in 1967 and 68, being sold off to the Canary Islands before it was rescued, restored and lives to compete in vintage events today.
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1965 Shelby Ford AC Cobra: The Cobra was losing its supremacy in racing, so a new chassis was developed and designated the Mark III. A whole new chassis was built which featured 4" main chassis tubes and coil spring suspension all around. The new car also had wide fenders and was powered by the famed "side oiler" Ford 427 engine (7.0 L) developing 485 bhp, with a top speed of 180 mph. Production of the 427 Cobra was from 1965-1967.
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1965 Shelby Mustang GT350: Street versions of the GT350 were produced to homologate the car for racing. Producing 306 hp with its High Performance V8, the Shelby Mustang was a "vision" to me as a lad and seeing one in the dealer show room as I walked home from school. For a time, our Ford dealer had a Cobra, a GT350 and a GT40 in their big show room, nirvana! This blue is actually a 1966 model year color.
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2005 Ford GT: Drawing inspiration from the GT40 and designed as a concept car for Ford's 100th anniversary year, just over 4,000 GT's were built for the 2005-2006 model years. Powered by a supercharged 5.4L V8 coupled to a six-speed tramsmission, the GT produces 550 bhp and does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Deja vu, like the original GT40, Caroll Shelby was brought in by Ford to help develop the Ford GT; which included performance testing of the prototype car.
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