Last updated Apr 12, 2009
Hello, this is my 1966 Ford 427 Shelby Cobra (replica)
I actually bought the engine before I bought the replica kit. My Aunt lives in Vegas and her neighbor is a Top Gun Pilot for the Navy. He knows Carroll Shelby and he asked if I wanted a tour at Mr. Shelby's new shop and show room, I of course said YES !
I met Mr. Shelby for only 5 minutes but, at least I got to meet such a great man and a icon of racing. He asked what I wanted to purchase, I replied jokingly, "a engine". He showed me 5 and said, "pick one". I about fainted. He raced these engines in 1967. I looked them over and had one shipped home. I left it stock for 3 years but rebuilt it in 2003. It now had 563 HP at the wheels. Weighs 2400 lbs.
Best 1/4 mile- 10.38 at 134 mph.
Top speed- 164 mph at The Kansas Motor Speedway.
I was able to do all of the car except the engine machining and a great friend helped me assemble it.
I custom mixed the blue and added pearl to the white stripes. I also made several aluminum parts on the car. (see photo's)
I've built other cars over the years but, my Cobra is just a kick in the pants fun ! Like a skate board on wheels.
I love to go to shows with family, friends and talk to other owners of their cars. I let most people, including children, sit in the car and sometimes, let them fire up the engine. That's what shows are all about, the sharing and comradely with others. Trophy's are fine but I enjoy the time spent with car enthusiasts the most.
A friend and I are planning on starting car shows with no awards, any vehicle can enter, free to the public and just have a great time ! Hopefully we can accomplish this.
I have a long,.... story from my first show. It's about the "Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscle Dystrophy". I took a young man that is the "Ambassador for MS" for a ride in the Car. "My favorite of all time", he said. Sadly, he succumbed to the disease 4 months later. All of what happened is a great memory I'll have forever, and no trophy in the world can make me feel better than sharing the love of car's and time spent with, with Brian.
Original engine that Carroll Shelby raced in 1967.
Rebuilt in 2003.
563 HP at the rear wheels. (apx. 610 at the flywheel)
Best 1/4 mile- 10.63 at 134 mph.
Top speed- 164 mph at the Kansas Motor Speedway.
Weight- 2,400 lbs.
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