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Author Topic: COBRA!  (Read 2170 times)

Offline lkjohnson1950

« on: July 11, 2015, 12:53:37 PM »
Once upon a time Carroll Shelby built a sports car. When they went racing however they found it was too slow at the top end. So Shelby built a coupe, or actually 6 of them. One of the most beautiful cars ever. And it sounds like this:


Offline cosworth151

« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 03:32:05 PM »
Great one, Lonny! Nothing like the sound of a K-code Ford 289.  :yahoo:

Famous story behind the car. The AC body on the Cobra wasn't aerodynamic enough for fast circuits like Daytona & Le Mans. Pete Brock put the chassis/drive train from a wrecked Cobra on the shop floor. He put the seat where he thought it should be, sat driver Ken Miles down in it & handed him a steering wheel. He them drew the the outline of the body on the floor around the chassis and mocked up the body with duct tape & bits of wood, metal & whatever else was at hand.

Those were the days.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline lkjohnson1950

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 06:49:20 PM »
Pete Brock was a highly talented designer. He might be the only one who could do it.

Offline Steve A.

« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 08:08:31 PM »
What a fantastic sound, nice car ad and sstory as well.

Online Scott

« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 09:23:08 PM »
Always loved the Cobra.  The back end of the coupe was something else.  Nice one.
The Honey Badger doesn't give a...

Offline lkjohnson1950

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2015, 10:25:30 PM »
Had the pleasure of seeing one in action at a high speed SCCA slalom at PIR, driven by a SCCA national Champion. Very impressive. Have a 1/18TH model with Shelby"s autograph in my collection as well. Love that car.

Offline cosworth151

« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2015, 11:03:26 PM »
That sounds like a real treasure, Lonny!   :good:
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline F1fanaticBD

« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2015, 12:45:45 AM »
 :yahoo: What a car!!!

Brilliant post Lonny  :good:
Keep running the fast cars, you will be never out of girls


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