Friday, January 17, 2014

From the #MUSTHAVE File: 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 289 FIA

50th Anniversary FIA Shelby Cobra 289 unveiled

50th Anniversary FIA Shelby Cobra
Posted Jan 17th 2014 7:30PM

To celebrate 50 years since the Shelby Cobra made its mark on the FIA racing world, Shelby American has created a special limited-production Continuation Cobra called the CSX7000 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra. Limited to just 50 units, this commemorative model was unveiled today at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, and it pays homage to the car raced by legends like Dan GurneyBob Bondurant and Phil Hill.

Designed to mimic the design of the 1964 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra, the CSX7000 has the looks of a classic racer while utilizing modern materials and build processes that Shelby American says will make it the lightest Shelby Cobra ever at just 952 kilograms (2,100 pounds). It isn't clear whether this weight is for the rolling chassis or if it includes the potential engine and transmission, but the car is still expected to benefit from an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Also, buyers will have the choice of fibreglass or aluminum for the Cobra's body, and while it's likely this lower weight is for the aluminum version, Shelby doesn't say exactly.

These commemorative Cobras are intended for owners to shoehorn their own small-block Ford engine into the car's engine bay – each car comes with a full exhaust system ready to bolt up to such an engine. Cars also come with billet anniversary badging, a fitted cover and an optional detachable steering wheel. Prices start at US$94,995 for the fibreglass models and US$159,995 for an aluminum body. Scroll down for full press release from Shelby American.
Image Credit: News Source: Shelby American

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