50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Sells Out In 48 Hours

50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra

50 Years… 50 Cars… 48 Hours. That was all the time it took for the limited 50th edition of the Shelby AC Cobra to sell out. As buyers forked over as much as $135,000 to own one. These black beauties comes complete with all the ingredients to make them a sure fire collectors item, except the drivetrain. Where some might see an empty canvas, other see a gaping hole. At six figures one might have expected more than just a rolling chassis.

Within 48 hours of the official introduction of the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Street Car by Shelby American, all 50 cars were purchased by consumers and Shelby dealers. The Anniversary Shelby Cobra was unveiled to journalists during the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The entire run of cars was snapped up when the announcement was made public in an official news release.

“The strong demand for these cars proves that the Shelby Cobra is still as desirable and sought after today as it was 50 years ago,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “People who didn’t have the opportunity to buy one in the 1960s jumped at the chance to own one of these very special collector’s edition Shelby’s. Although the entire factory allocation has been spoken for, a few of these anniversary cars are still available from our Shelby Cobra dealers who seized the opportunity and bought multiple cars”

Shelby American ceased manufacturing the original small block Cobra in 1965. In 1996, Carroll Shelby returned it to the streets as the CSX8000 continuation series Shelby Cobra. The cars incorporate safety and performance improvements without sacrificing originality. The Cobras retain the authentic style leaf spring suspension but are upgraded to contemporary standards while the bodies are available in aluminum or fiberglass. Cobras can be ordered from an official Shelby Cobra dealer. Each car is built to order with the customer choosing body color and stripe configuration; it is delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a 1962 MSO. The continuation Shelby Cobra can be fitted with a proper drive train by a customer or dealer.

The limited edition street Cobras will all be painted “Shelby black” with a rich wine colored leather interior, special 50th Anniversary badges, wire wheels, Wilton Wool carpeting, modern brake discs and a stronger frame. MSRP for the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra starts at $69,995 for a fiberglass or $134,995 for an aluminum bodied car, without drive train. Information about the car can be found at http://shelbyamerican.com/50th.asp.


  1. The entire allocation of 50 cars was snapped up by private customers and Shelby dealers.

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  4. – Shelby Cars NW LLC is owned by Mark Logan Associates Inc. and is a licensed car dealer in the State of Nevada USA. We specialize in authentic CSX continuation series Shelby Cobras classic 65-70 Shelbys and classic 65-73 Mustangs. Click on our link on the navigation bar for more information…Our authentic Cobra factory chassis are built by Shelby Automobiles Inc. in Las Vegas Nevada with the Manufacturers Statement of Origin MSO signed by Carroll Shelby.

  5. .2 355lb 1 068 kg …The AC Cobra also known as the Shelby Cobra is an that was produced during the 1960s…… In September 1961 Shelby airmailed AC a letter asking them if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine. After testing and modification the engine and transmission were removed and the chassis was air-freighted to Shelby in on 2 February 1962.

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