With only six original Cobra Daytona Coupes built and valuations in the millions, this 427-powered replica SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE: FACTORY FIVE EDITION is an affordable and potent show or road warrior. Considered royalty, the original Peter Brock-designed Cobra Daytona Coupe delivered the U.S. in 1965 its first and only World Manufacturers Championship for GT Cars. It would be unimaginable for the average car enthusiast to not find themselves easily enchanted by the barking, burbling so...Read More
SHELBY AMERICAN, THE BOOK!
Read about The Renegades Who Built the Cars, Won the Races, and Lived the Legend in Preston Lerner’s SHELBY AMERICAN, THE BOOK! Carroll Shelby is an American hero and he’s been my personal hero since first meeting him in mid-1963. When he launched Shelby American and produced Ford V8-engined variants of the original British AC Ace, I was the editor of two hot rod and custom car magazines – CUSTOM RODDER and CAR, Speed & Style - and worked on the company’s flagship magazine, CARS, in...Read More
SHELBY GT350: MUSTANG WITH COBRA BITE!
Converting a 1965-’66 Mustang into a SHELBY GT350: MUSTANG WITH COBRA BITE! may not have been rocket science - but the results were: Sound, fury and the SCCA B/Production National Championship. Ford market surveys revealed that a sizeable percentage of young Mustang shoppers who didn’t buy Mustangs, did buy Corvettes and imported sports cars. Marketing manager, Bob Johnson, shared the details with Ray Geddes at Ford Special Vehicles Activity. At the time, there was a small, low-profile ...Read More
SHELBY-AMERICAN TREASURE TROVE
Hagerty’s Alex Sommers takes us on a tour of the ultimate SHELBY-AMERICAN TREASURE TROVE in Boulder, Colorado. Seasoned car enthusiasts are a tricky bunch to excite. When you’ve spent your whole life futzing around high-profile automobiles, attending shows, participating in auctions, and going out of your way to experience or even just catch a glimpse of the best cars that the world has to offer, you can become jaded. If the mere sight of a real-deal Boss 429 just isn’t enough to put th...Read More
LEGENDS OF LAGUNA SECA
As WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca celebrates its 65th racing season, we take a look back at some of the LEGENDS OF LAGUNA SECA, the iconic characters who helped mold the mystique of the now world-renowned race track. In 1960, Laguna Seca had three years of racing under its belt and started to form into an elite racing venue. Its competitions often attracted not only the best drivers in the U.S., but around the world. Beginning that October, the Pacific Grand Prix implemented an innovative way ...Read More
REMEMBERING BILL KOLB, JR., 1941-2021
Longtime friend Bill Kolb is probably best remembered in the enthusiast community as the 1960s poster boy for Ford’s Total Performance and Win On Sunday; Sell On Monday marketing concepts. His close friends often called him, “Mr. Monday! We bonded after I did a story on him and his Lightweight 427 Galaxie in 1963 and we've been friends since. Remembering Bill Kolb, Jr., 1941-2021. Bill Kolb, Jr. passed away quietly at home in Carefree, AZ, on Friday, December 3, 2021, comforted by his ...Read More
SHELBY GT350R: WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE MUSTANG
Crossing the block at $3.85 million, the first SHELBY GT350R: WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE MUSTANG sets a new record. Hagerty’s Grace Houghton blogs about the Mustang that started a revolution! Back in January, we wondered if any Mustang could beat the Bullitt’s momentous $3.74 sale. Six months later, the first-ever GT350R prototype answered that question with a resounding yes. With a final price of $3,850,000, the Wimbledon White fastback became the most expensive Mustang ever sold at public ...Read More
AC289: COBRAS FROM ACROSS THE POND!
Old Shel’ and Shelby American never touched COB/COX AC Cobras, but they are authentic Cobras. Here’s some history of AC289: COBRAS FROM ACROSS THE POND! plus a stunning example of a picture-perfect (COX) FIA Cobra. Carroll Shelby’s Cobras started life as AC Ace roadsters shipped from AC Cars, Ltd, Thames Ditton, Surrey, England to Shelby-American in southern California. Once in Shelby’s hands, they received Ford small and big-block engines and were finished to Shelby Cobra specs. In 1965 a new,...Read More
GT40: FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI
Now in its third and updated edition with almost 500 pages, more than 850 photos and weighing in at over five pounds, this must-have book is actually a research library dedicated to the road racing history of GT40: FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI. When John Allen and Gordon Jones authored the first edition in 1985, Ford GT40 racecars and road models and Mark III variants were just expensive vintage cars, not platinum-priced collectibles as they are today. With GT40s trending thanks to the film Ford v Fer...Read More
ROAD & TRACK: SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG
Intrepid road-tester Dan Scanlan blogs about this Road & Track Shelby GT350 Mustang that’s still racing after all these years! They weren’t supposed to duel on track – not really. And Darek Stennes’ real '65 Shelby GT350 didn’t race at Daytona International Speedway during what’s known as the Rolex Legends. But watch the car as it roars on track during the vintage high-speed demonstration laps before the Rolex 24 at Daytona recently, https://bit.ly/2uB6PBn and there’s serious Shelby shenanig...Read More