The only Shelby Cobra Concept ever produced goes up for auction

Among American cars of the 1960s, the Shelby Cobra holds an important place in the hearts of all car enthusiasts.

In 2003 Ford and Shelby announced a new agreement to join forces and develop a series of high-performance models. This is how the new Cobra project came to life. The result was a prototype built by Ford under the supervision of Carroll Shelby himself. Unfortunately, the concept was not mass produced, but the specimen is still for sale in the auction house with Auction.

More powerful than the GT

The wonderful prototype is fully functional and homologated for the road. The future buyer, therefore, will be able to use it on the road and on the track just like Shelby did during the test phase at the Irwindale Speedway in California.

Ford Shelby Cobra Concept (2004)
Ford Shelby Cobra Concept (2004)
Ford Shelby Cobra Concept (2004)

The car ran just over 200km and was conceived with several elements in common with the Ford GT. The Cobra, whose original design was called “Daisy”, shares exactly the same 6-speed manual gearbox as the Blue Oval supercar. Some sections of the chassis and suspension are also “borrowed” from the GT.

The engine, however, is completely different. No 5.4 V8 with 558 HP, but a 6.4 V10 with 613 HP: this is one of the four V10 engines that Ford built specifically for this car.

One in a kind

Prior to the auction, the Shelby Cobra Concept belonged to Chris Theodore, former vice president of product development at Ford. Theodore purchased the specimen in 2017 at a charity auction and fully restored it by contacting Technosports specialists in Livonia, Michigan.

Ford Shelby Cobra Concept (2004)

The car comes with a lot of official documentation and a certificate of authenticity. In the past, Shelby has also been driven by American host Jay Leno during an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” and appeared in the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2018.

As a one-of-a-kind model, a very high selling price is to be expected. It is likely that the Cobra will end up in the sights of many collectors and it is likely that the price will jump over one million euros. All that remains is to wait for the result of the auction held from 12 to 14 August.


Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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