Shelby 289 Cobra

From the inception of the small block Cobra, Carroll Shelby intended to build a race version of his lightweight roadster; its ultimate iteration was the 289 FIA roadster. While the original Cobra’s lithe athleticism remains evident, the 289 FIA – with a widened track and wider, racing-specific rubber – adds a heightened muscularity to the race car’s quicker acceleration and tenacious grip.

Shelby 427 Cobra

The big block Shelby Cobra is considered by many to be the most iconic American sports car in history. When GM began to work on a new big block Corvette and Ferrari increased the power of the V12 powered GTO’s, Shelby and Ford Motor Company decided to shoehorn the mighty 427 FE motor into the Cobra.

Shelby Daytona Coupe

While the Cobra roadsters were dominating the tight road courses of the United States, they lacked the aerodynamics for the high speed European circuits like Le Mans. In 1964, Carroll Shelby asked Peter Brock and Ken Miles to develop a coupe version of the Cobra to compete with Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar. Given the name Daytona, the coupes were unstoppable. Driven by drivers like Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurants, Allen Grant and Phil Hill, the cars won the FIA World Sportscar GT class in 1965, making it the only American manufacturer to do so.

GT40 Shelby Edition

In 1965, Henry Ford II turned to Carroll Shelby to help the blue oval beat Ferrari on the world’s biggest stage – the 24 hours of Le Mans. And win they did, Ford and Shelby combined for a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1966 race and the over all “W” for the four straight years (1966-1969).

In honor of that historic win, Shelby American will build a limited run of (20) 50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MKII cars to honor this historic racing platform.