Shelby AC Cobra 1966 Rare Racing Design – Of all the Cobra variants built from the Shelby competition production line as a race car design. Where the Cobra Story began as early as 1959 when Carol Shelby raced for Aston Martin, won 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the help of Ford and AC Cars, the team at Shelby American modified the design of the existing AC chassis to accommodate large block engines. The finished design is called a marked chassis III produced with a larger and wider spaced chassis rail.
Shelby AC Cobra 1966 with engine weight, brakes and suspension also improved. This body has a prominent wheel arch for wider wheels and magnesium tires. Competition features include oil coolers, side exhausts, large fuel fillers, 42 gallon fuel tanks, front support points and roll bars.
On the road, Shelby AC Cobra 1966 was a radical machine. Editor of Jerry Titus’s Sport Car Graphic magazine reached 0-100 mph in 13.2 seconds. By comparison, the closest Aston Martin that day could barely afford less than twenty seconds. Due to very limited production, the original 1966 Shelby AC Cobra is a rare sight. Only Shelby’s personal Super Snake is faster, using a twin turbocharger to offer 800 bhp.
Shelby AC Cobra 1966 Rare Racing Design