In the new edition of this classic text, Brian Laban brings the story of the AC Cobra up to date. In the early 1960s, a flamboyant Texan, Carroll Shelby, dreamed of a special kind of sports car, a marriage of European style with lusty, affordable American V8 power. He took his dream forward and he persuaded British sports car specialist AC Cars to build his car, and US industry giant the Ford Motor Co to fund it. Its name also came to him in a dream - Cobra. The original production of the Cobra lasted just five years and encompassed barely a thousand cars built within the original framework. But it was only the beginning of a story that is still very much alive, encompassing 'continuations', spin-offs, and a massive worldwide replica industry. Shelby and AC Cobra details the man behind the cars, the story of their development and engineering, racing pedigree and owning and driving these powerful, iconic cars today. Fully illustrated with 250 archive colour photographs.
The legendary AC Cobra is one of the world's ultimate no-compromise sports cars. Originally derived from the AC Ace, the brutal Cobra was the result of Carroll Shelby's dream to combine British chassis expertise with the easily available power of a large-capacity American V8 engine. Forty years on from its debut, this much imitated car is revered the world over, and original examples have become highly sought-after. This beautifully produced commemorative book will appeal to all sports car fans as well as to Cobra enthusiasts.
This book tells the complex saga of a sports car that was created in the early 1960s as a result of an unlikely collaboration between a plain-talking ex-racing driver from Texas and a conservative British automobile manufacturer, funded by one of the giants of the industry, the Ford Motor Company. Carroll Shelby, AC Cars, and Ford came together to create a car called the Cobra, based on the AC Ace roadster that had been in production since 1954. When the Shelby Cobra was created, it was far from state-of-the-art, but the use of a new series of Ford V8 engines saw the lightweight car annihilate the Chevrolet Corvette in American sports car racing. By adding aerodynamic bodywork, the Daytona Cobra Coupe arrived in Europe to contest the FIA World Championship and took victory in the GT category in 1965, making Shelby American the first (and only) USA-based manufacturer to achieve this feat. In order to capitalize on this success, even greater power was required and the car was developed to take a huge 7-liter engine that proved to be a triumph of horsepower over handling – thus the 427 Cobra became an overnight legend, establishing new performance records and creating a reputation for being more than a little tricky to drive. The era of the Cobra was brief – production ended at Shelby American during 1966 and at AC Cars in 1968 where they built their own final version, the AC289 Sports. Just over 1000 Cobras were built during that time but the final cars proved difficult to sell, their vintage qualities deterring potential owners. Carroll Shelby closed his company and went to Africa while AC developed other models, but the Cobra was not quite finished yet. Within a matter of a few years, a new market for the car was created as the demand for affordable kit cars grew. The most popular model by far was the Cobra and many thousands were built, with the result that both AC Cars and Carroll Shelby put their own versions back into production. And then the arguments really started… If it was an improbable car over forty years ago, it is even more implausible today, but the remarkable Cobra, in one form or another, is still with us. It may be dead, but it just won’t lie down!
A detailed technical analysis of the extraordinary AC Cobra and the compelling story of the people and events behind its creation. Contains a complete history of the AC Cobra, mini-biographies of the men behind the car, road tests, specifications, buying and restoration advice.
The Shelby Cobra is one of the most legendary sports cars in automotive history. Only about 1,000 of the original Cobras were ever built, and many enthusiasts wanted to own and drive one of these ultimate sports cars yet could not afford to.
Part-time racer and chicken farmer Carroll Shelby ordered a chassis from AC Cars in England in 1961, and asked them to install a Ford V8 engine in it. The AC Ace was fitted with the same rear diff as that used in the Jaguar E-type, and so when the car arrived in the Shelby workshop, it proved easy to modify thanks to the simple AC layout.
Gold Portfolio signifies a premium edition in the Brooklands series. Packed with even more articles, photos, technical information, road tests, buying information and other great features on your favorite car. Detailed information includes: • Road and Track Tests • Specifications • New Model Reports • Performance Data • Racing History • Autokraft AC Mk. IV • 260 • Daytona • Mk.II 289 • Mk.III 427
Original AC Ace & Cobra By Rinsey Mills. Subtitled: The RestorerÆs Guide to AC, Bristol and Ford Engined Cars. The ultimate guide to one of AmericaÆs most legendary cars and its British roots. This is a carefully researched text that is packed with 150 color photos showing every detail, plus the most complete production details available anywhere. This is your guide to exactly what is 100% authentic for every year and model. Hdbd., 9 1/2"x 12", 96 pgs., approx. 150 color photos.
Motorheads around the world all have one thing in common, that is we have cars in our blood. Some of our fondest recollections center around the "Car Thing" although all to often, the stress of daily living tends to fade those memories until we hardly recognize them anymore. “Miscellaneous Ramblings Of A 70 ́s Motorhead" are stories designed to spark those days back into life and will cause you to recall things forgotten long ago. Things like sneaking Dad’s car out of the garage or buying your first ride. The thrill and fear of your first race or the results of yanking out all the emission hoses from under the hood of your 70’s machine. All the joys and sorrows the automotive experience brings to us throughout our growing years. This book will keep you laughing! So sit back, open your mind and head back into a simpler time.