This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 and 1965 AC Cobra 289 were filmed shortly after leaving the recent 50th anniversary Carroll Shelby show in Plano, Texas. Although they are both nearly 50 years old, the iconic style looks just as fresh and sporty as it did way back then.
Little wonder that the car is possibly the most copied style in the replica kit car industry, with many manufacturers having a fake snake in their catalog.
For anyone who doubts the reason for the marques evergreen appeal needs only to watch as these stunning examples cruise down the highway, engines roaring into life whenever the throttle is floored. Simply close your eyes and listen; as more hybrid and electric vehicles take to the roads, sounds such as these will be consigned to the past.
It is easy to see the sheer pride and care the owners take in their vehicle, not least because of the eye-watering cost of buying and maintaining a car such as these. The owners realise and appreciate the history and pedigree of a Cobra and treat them with the respect they deserve. This isn’t just another car, it is a motoring family heirloom that will no doubt be passed down from generation to generation.
However, with genuine Cobras becoming so rare and expensive, an ever growing army of kit car manufacturers have stepped in to fill a high demand gap in the market. There are now cobra replicas available to suit almost every budget. Not that money alone should be the reason for buying a particular kit over any other.
A cobra replica should be assembled and cared for with just as much attention to the finer points as the real thing, you just don’t have to dig as far into your pockets to be able to drive one!
So watch the movie clip and enjoy an era of motoring that was as famous for its timeless style as it was for sheer brute arm wrenching power. And these two classics sum up the motoring dream to perfection.