1966 Shelby

427 AC Cobra


Drivetrain: Front-engine, rear wheel drive

Engine: 427 cu in Ford "side-oiler" V8

Horsepower: 495.2 HP, 495.9 TQ

Transmission: 4-speed manual

A Little History

Rightly regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of enthusiasts like few of its contemporaries.
Convinced that a market existed for an inexpensive sports car combining European chassis engineering and American V8 power, Le Mans-winning Texan racing driver Carroll Shelby concocted an unlikely alliance between England’s AC Cars and the Ford Motor Company.

The former’s Ace provided the simple twin-tube chassis frame into which was persuaded one of Ford’s lightweight, small-block V8s.

Did You Know?
Movie star Steve McQueen was not allowed to own a Shelby Cobra because studio contracts prohibited the highest-paid movie star from owning one of the high-performance roadsters.
McQueen was a fan of performance cars and when given the opportunity to drive in a movie, he performed many of his own stunts.

In 1963, Shelby himself lent the actor a Shelby Cobra to test-drive – to his great enjoyment, undoubtedly!

Other Cars in this Collection

1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
1930 Pierce-Arrow Model A
1932 Ford Sema Duece Custom Roadster
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible
1968 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa
Ferrari 550 Barchetta
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans
1959 Nash Convertible Metropolitan
1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 Bubble Top
1966 Shelby 427 AC Cobra
1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1/2 4.2-Litre Roadster
2013 Ferrari “458 Spyder”
1964 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet