In 1962, the first Shelby Cobras were produced using the Mark I AC body. The first 75 cars had a thin-walled Ford small block 260 ci V8 motor. Today one of these cars is being offered for sale by We Be Autos.com out of their Pennsylvania office. The car is said to be on the West Coast. This 1962 Shelby Cobra is well documented in the Shelby registry. This is said to be one of the first Cobras built.
The Shelby Cobra was manufactured in 1962 and was professionally restored in 1997 by the current owner. The original 260 ci Windsor block was replaced by a solid lifter 289 ci as were most “slab side” Cobras. Correct Weber carbs and manifold have been fitted, but the original 4-barrel carb and manifold will go with the sale, says the owner. He says that the original aluminum case T10 Borg Warner transmission and correct Salisbury type rear axle, with outboard brakes, are still on the car as well as the Girling calipers and Lucas electrical components. The factory roll bar, under car exhaust and chrome hoop front bumper are also original.
Note that the current owner displays this museum piece in the front room of his home (see photo.) However he says it is no trailer queen and adds that he often takes it out for sunny Sunday drives.
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