Shelby making new 1964 Cobras

Last updated 06:02 29/01/2014

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Iconic US sports carmaker Shelby is honouring one of its most famous builds with a special run of 50 re-creations of its 50-year-old racer.

Shelby first introduced the FIA version of the small block Cobra in 1964 and it raced against the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette in that year's World Manufacturers Championship.

Each of the cars will be painted Viking Blue and come with FIA stripes and roundels and will feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options.

Today's reincarnation, called the CSX7000 Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, is a component vehicle that can be fitted with a proper drive train by a customer or automotive professional. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a Shelby American issued MSO.

''Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality,'' Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American, said.

"With a small block V8 pushing only 2100 lbs (950kgs), it’s the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy.''

The CSX7000 is said to retain everything from the authentic style suspension to the graceful body lines, but upgraded to contemporary standards. The car is equipped with modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fibreglass. The 50th Anniversary Edition also features a complete exhaust for a small block Ford V8, a special fitted car cover and optional detachable steering wheel.

''The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year,” Shelby expert Jeff Gagnon added.

Pricing for these new versions begin at US$94,995 (NZ$115,223) for a fibreglass or US$159,995 (NZ$194,000) for an aluminum bodied car, excluding drive train. Each will be documented in Shelby's World Registry.

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