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Shelby Cobra Displayed at Pebble Beach Car Show

cobra"I couldn't believe it was real," said Evan Metropoulos, a classic car collector, referring to the day he first laid eyes on a Shelby Cobra.

The car has remained hidden, for the most part, since it was first purchased in North Carolina in 1968. From '62 to '68, Carroll Shelby built only 350 big-block vehicles, one of which famously reached 186 mph in England in 1964.

According to The New York Times, this August, the car can be seen at a "postwar preservation" class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Carmel, California.

"Only a few years ago, Pebble had no preservation class," said Bruce Meyer, a Beverly Hills car collector. "But now there's one in every major concours. Now, when people find cars that are presentable, they're leaving them that way. A classic car is only original once."

The Los Angeles Times also reports that this will be the 18th annual Pebble Beach car show, where some of the most prestigious and sought-after vehicles will be on display for car lovers to enjoy.

"With less than 3,000 miles on the clock, and in this condition, I'm not aware of any Cobra that's more original than CSX3346, said Shelby American Automobile Club registrar Ned Scudder. "It's really quite extraordinary."

Although there is nothing better than owning the original, a replica car kit might be a more feasible option for many. Some classic muscle cars can be so expensive, most people would never even dream of having enough money to afford an original one. A Shelby Cobra kit, however, can provide car lovers with an exact copy, minus the year's of driving and maintenance.

Some roadsters and racing cars can weigh more than 3,400 pounds. But Shelby's vehicles are known for weighing much less. With your own replica kit, you could even go lighter if you put in a smaller engine, depending on if you'd rather have the car be identical to the original specs or an adapted version.

If you want to own your dream car but don't want to sell your entire life's savings, check out Backdraft Racing today!

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Carroll Shelby's First Ever Cobra is Going Up for Sale, Could be Most Expensive Car Ever

shelby cobra kitThere aren't that many car companies -- or other companies, for that matter -- that have as much of a cult following as the Shelby Cobra. Because of Cobra's popularity, when the first Cobra ever created goes up for auction, there is a good chance it'll be the most expensive American car in history.

"Carroll Shelby -- the man, the larger-than-life Texan, and the battle-tested racing veteran -- fired a shot across the bow of every sports car manufacturer in the world," said R.M. Sotheby, a 35-year classic car collector and auction company. "In doing so, he set the car world on fire with the Cobra."

People love the Shelby Cobra for numerous reasons, but one of the major reasons is Carroll Shelby's idea of putting a powerful American V8 motor into a small British sports car. No one had ever considered that before, and it lead Shelby to win numerous races around the world.

According to Business Insider, the first Cobra ever -- the CSX2000 -- created will be auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Concours de'Elegance in California this August.

"I've been offered a lot of money a lot of times," said Shelby, who owned the car until his death in 2012. "It'll never be sold if I have anything to say about it. I want that car to remain in my family forever. Every time I look at that old car, I think, 'Shelby, you lucky son-of-a-b*tch.'"

The Cobra was designed to be a "Corvette-Beater," and it weighed 500 pounds less than a Corvette. Most roadsters weigh up to 3,400 pounds, but Cobras were much lighter. In 1964, the Cobra turned many heads in the racing industry when it reached more than 185 miles per hour on a British motorway.

What if fans of Shelby Cobra cars are not up for paying potentially the highest price ever? Luckily, there are still other options.

The Shelby Cobra kit is a great option for fans who want to have their dream car in their garage but don't want to spend more money than they can even imagine having. Shelby Cobra kits contain just about everything the original ride came with and can be customized to the driver's liking. Cobra car kits are great because they're inexpensive, they're fun to assemble, and they are real Shelby Cobras.

If you want a Shelby Cobra kit of your own, check out BackDraftRacing.com today!

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Finally Have the Car of Your Dreams: Build it Yourself

shelby cobra kit>Your car gets you from point A to point B. That's its purpose. You shouldn't really expect them to do anything else for you, which is fine. That's where other vehicles come in.

Classic Muscle Cars
Owning a vintage muscle car has so many advantages. It's something that not everyone does, but it's almost guaranteed that almost everyone wished they did. Unfortunately, unless you have kept your 1968 roadster in great condition over the last 48 years, attaining a classic muscle car can be pretty expensive.

There is a way to own the car of your dreams without selling your life away, however. You can actually build one yourself! Not the easiest thing in the world to do, but if you're serious about owning a classic muscle car, why not give it a try? You might end up living in a real one if you have to shell out a couple hundred grand, so smartening up and buying a muscle car kit to build your own is the way to go.

Here are a few reasons why you should build your own muscle car:

It's Been Your Dream
When you were a kid and you dreamed about having a beautiful 1962 Shelby Cobra in your own garage, you probably didn't even think about the possibility of building it yourself. You'll feel great and accomplished once you finish building the car, and then you can really take a step back and let your inner child cheer in excitement. You did it. You finally have your dream car.

Musle Car Community

If you can get away from the guys who continually grill you on every single detail of your car, guys who probably have some sort of a mullet, then you'll actually meet some pretty cool people. Vehicle appreciation is one of the main hobbies in the country, so you will surely run into a few likeminded car lovers who you can chat about your ride with.

Expand Your Automobile Knowledge
Building those model cars in your basement 30 years ago was a practice run for the adventure you are about to embark on. Building your own muscle car will teach you everything you need to know about the auto industry, and you'll even be qualified as a person who knows what they're talking about. That's all we really want in this world -- we want other car lovers to quietly say to themselves, "that person knows."

Carroll Shelby built small-block and big-block Cobras from 1962 until 1968, designing them to be "Corvette-Beaters," even though there were almost 500 pounds lighter than Corvettes and are much lighter than other roadsters that can weight up to 3,400 pounds.

You can build your very own Shelby Cobra kit car and will love the final result. The Shelby Cobra kit comes with everything that you'll need to start and finish your car-building project. Once you're finished, you'll not only have the car of your dreams, but the satisfaction that comes from knowing you did it all yourself.

Talk to Backdraft Racing if you want to learn more about a Shelby Cobra kit.

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A History of the AC Shelby Cobra

ac cobra replicaThere is no doubt that the Shelby Cobra is one of the most popular cars in the history of American sports cars.

The story begins in the early 1960s when U.S. automotive designer Carrol Shelby decided to take on the bold task of creating a unique American sports car that could become a “Corvette-Beater.” In other words, he wanted to design a car that could out-race the popular Chevrolet Corvette.

In 1961, Shelby traveled to England to meet with the Hurlock family, owners of AC Cars. He proposed his idea of building a car that would be modified to run on a V8 engine. The car manufacturer accepted.

Shelby then flew back to the U.S. to find an engine that would fit. He asked Chevrolet to supply the engine, but because they feared any competition, they politely refused. Fortunately, Ford had just produced a brand new lightweight V8 engine that would fit Shelby’s requirements, and they gave him two.

A year later, AC Cars started to build the prototype for the very first AC Shelby Cobra car. Road tests began shortly after. Between 1962 and 1968, Shelby built 654 small-block Cobras and 350 big-block models.

The first Cobra was featured on the cover of Sports Car Graphic in the May 1962 issue. The magazine described the Cobra as “one of the most impressive production sports cars we’ve ever driven. Its acceleration … can only be described as explosive and at least equal to that of the better running hot Corvettes and Berlinettas we’ve driven.”

At the Riverside International Raceway on February 2, 1963, driver Dave MacDonald raced the AC Shelby Cobra roadster past every single Corvette, Jaguar, Porsche, and Maserati. This marked the Cobra’s first victory in racing history.

An AC Cobra Coupe, driven by Jack Sears and Peter Bolton, famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h) on a British motorway in 1964.

Over the past 50 years, the AC Cobra has become one of the most sought-after sports cars on the market. AC Cobra replicas and Cobra car kits are wildly popular among car enthusiasts.

Have you ever used a kit to build an AC Cobra replica? What do you love most about the Shelby Cobra? Feel free to post in the comments section below.

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3 Reasons to Build Your Own Shelby Cobra

cobra kit car manufacturersAny serious car enthusiast will tell you that an authentic Shelby Cobra is hard to come by. Invented in 1962, Carroll Shelby introduced the Shelby Coupe to the performance driving vehicle world. Designed to be a "Corvette beater," the Shelby Cobra was lightweight in design, weighing up to 500 pounds less than a standard Chevrolet Corvette. And Carroll Shelby didn't just make these vehicles small in size -- he made them small in supply too. There are ultimately only 584 Mark II models built in 1964, and between 1962 and 1968, Shelby only built 654 small-block Cobras and 350 big-block versions.

That being said, it can be pretty difficult -- and pricey -- to get your hands on one of these machines this day and age. But luckily, that's where authentic replication comes in.

People have been building their own automobiles since the beginning of time. But back then, people didn't have the knowledge and capabilities of the Internet, nor the resources of auto-body shops that offer upgrade parts and replica car kits. Now, you too can have an authentic replication of your own Shelby Cobra, without having to spend you life's savings on a single vehicle. Cobra kit car manufacturers supply you with the necessary supplies that can help turn any car into the custom roadster of your dreams.

Still looking for reasons to build your own car? Here are some awesome reasons:

Improve an existing car design
If you thought that you couldn't possibly improve Shelby Cobra's original model, Cobra kit car manufacturers have suddenly made this dream entirely possible. Replication allows you to add any modern or personal touches that you desire on your kit car. 

Learn about car engineering
What better way to learn about cars than to build one yourself? Building a car will help you to learn firsthand exactly what it takes to make that engine purr.

Save money
Let's face it, not all of us can afford to drop a couple hundred thousand bucks on a limited edition roadster. Building your own car will allow you to have the car of your dreams on the budget of your dreams.

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Baume and Mercier Release Two Limiited Edition Watches Inpired By the Shelby 289 Roadster

cobra kitThe Shelby Cobra has made quite the impact on the world. Invented by Carrol Shelby in the early 1960s, the AC Cobra was designed to be a "Corvette beater," boasting a significantly lighter weight athat made the car that much faster. And low and behold, in 1965, the Shelby Daytona went on to be the first car built by an American constructor to win a title at the FIA World Sportscar Championship.

Nowadays, people will do whatever they can to get a piece of the high-performance action. Unfortunately, Shelby Cobras are as rare as they are fast. In fact, between 1962 and 1968, Shelby only built 654 small-block Cobras and 350 big-block Cobras.

To commemorate this rarity and to give lovers of the Cobra a chance to wear a piece of history, Baume and Mercier partnered with the celebrated racecar manufacturer to create two limited edition men's watches. Specifically, the new limited edition watches were inspired by one of the most famous Cobra vehicles in history: CSX2128 the 289 roadster. In 1963, the muscle car conquered the grueling 12-hour Sebring race. The Swiss-made self-winding watch demonstrates the same flawless accuracy. On the back of the case, the phrase "one out of 1963" is engraved, along with a sapphire crystal feature of the car's race number.

While this watch is quite the commemoration, not everyone wants to wear a piece of Shelby Cobra history on their wrist -- they'd rather be driving it. And while it might not be feasible to purchase an authentic AC Cobra, you may want to consider authentic replication.

The process of authentic replication allows you to create your own custom roadster using whatever engine you have. All you need is to purchase a replica car kit, specifically a Shelby Cobra kit. These Cobra kits can help you to make the custom roadster of your dreams, and with added benefits. Unlike an original, you can manipulate the specs of the car in any fashion you'd like, making it a more versatile and stylish ride.

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If You're Looking for an Authentic Replication of a High-Performance Car, You Need to Check Out AC Cobra Kits

authentic replicationIn the old days, you either had enough money to buy the coolest car available, or you simply had to settle for something a bit more tame. In 2016, hardcore gearheads can find affordable AC Cobra kits to live out their dreams and make all their friends jealous without completely destroying their bank accounts.

The Shelby Cobra kit car is something truly unique, perfectly combining the Shelby's unique exterior beauty with its unmatched interior performance capabilities. It's an authentic replication that gearheads recognize as something much more than a "knock-off" or a "duplicate." It's the real deal, and you'll find it hard to drive your girlfriend's car ever again after hearing the purr of a Cobra replica.

Perhaps the best part of owning a custom roadster is the ability to customize and enhance your vehicle. Whether you like to drive road or track, these Cobra kit cars have you covered. Here are just three of the reasons that you need to check out Shelby Cobra kits:

  • Authentic replication. If you don't know the rich history of Shelby Cobras, here's a quick overview: Shelby's original AC Cobras were designed to be "Corvette-Beaters," despite weighing almost 500 pounds less than Chevrolet Corvette. In its heyday, there was no roadster that could even remotely compete with the Cobra. In fact, an AC Cobra Coupe famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h) on a British motorway in 1964. As you can imagine, these top speeds have dramatically increased over the years, and Shelby Cobra kits are an identical, authentic replication of this legendary vehicle.
  • Incomparable performance. When a car is so fast that manufacturers have to lie about its true performance capabilities, you know you've found a true gem. Several manufacturers advertised the horsepower of the Shelby Mustang GT 500 as 335, a low estimate to appease insurance companies if you can believe it. The actual horsepower was close to 400, and you can experience this incredible power with a replica car kit.
  • Endless customization. Shelby Cobra kits are the best gift for gearheads, because the sky is the limit when it comes to customization. You can add unique grills, spoilers, bigger rims, and a host of other amazing features. Plus, you can obtain a Cobra kit car in almost any stage, which is great for those who desire a more turnkey experience.

If you want to feel the wind blowing through your hair in a stylish roadster without breaking the bank, you need to check out Cobra kit cars. Find a great online retailer with Shelby Cobra kits and join the prestigious club of Shelby owners.

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Unattainable Design Now Within Reach: How To Build Your Own Muscle Car

ac cobra kitThe Perfect Muscle Car
What's fast, sleek, and shiny? Oh, just one of the fastest and most coveted muscle cars in the world: the AC Cobra. This beautiful classic was so fast that manufacturers had to lie about the horsepower in order to appease insurance companies. They actually told insurance providers it had the horsepower of 335, when in reality, it was closer 400. 

The original AC Cobras were fitted with the 260 cu in, a V8 Ford Windsor engine. Unofficially dubbed "Corvette Beaters" despite weighing a full 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette, the lightweight little coupes were known for their speed. An AC Cobra Coupe famously reached 186 mph in 1964 on a British motorway. And it's all thanks Carroll Shelby, a retired racer turned automotive tinkerer.

The Not-So-Perfect Price Tag
Unfortunately, this timely piece of Americana isn't accessible to everyone -- mostly because of the hefty price tag. Not only that, but there's also an incredibly limited number. Shelby only built 654 small-block Cobras and 350 big-block versions between 1962 and 1968. Depending on the quality, model, and provenance of the original vehicles, they can be priced anywhere from $300,000 to several million. Shelby's own Cobra was auctioned off for $5.3 million.

The Do-It-Yourself Solution You Never Dreamed Of
Instead of spending time and money looking for an original model, you can make your own Cobra using a vehicle you already have. With the AC Cobra kit, you can turn a regular vehicle into the Cobra you've always dreamed of. Whether it be stored safely in your garage, reserved for warm summery days, or for regular use, the AC Cobra kit delivers speed and grace.

Replace the old body and frame of your car with the new parts provided by AC Cobra kits to create an authentic replica and ride around in style. If you upgrade parts and do some Shelby-esque tinkering, you'll be out on the road and track in no time.

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Here's Why the Shelby Cobra is the Greatest Muscle Car in History

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There's no question that competition is high in the muscle car industry, but one manufacturer and model still reigns supreme as the most coveted in America. The Shelby Cobra car kit can turn a regular vehicle into something truly special, and owning a Shelby Cobra is one of the best feelings a real gearhead could ever have.

A custom roadster that is ideal for both road and track, Shelby Cobras continue to impress gearheads around the world because of their historic legacy, incomparable performance, and limitless customization options.

Because of how special these cars are, you need to make sure you're servicing your new Cobra whenever needed. Experienced Cobra kit car manufacturers can provide you with a unique vehicle as well as the tools and service you need to get the most out of your investment. Here are just three of the many reasons that the Shelby Cobra continues to be known as the greatest muscle car in history:

  • An American icon. The first 75 Cobra Mark I (including the prototype) were fitted with the 260 cu in, a V8 Ford Windsor engine. Since then, it's been an uphill climb to the top of the muscle car industry. If you're looking for a true slice of Americana to park in your garage, then look no further than the Shelby Cobra. Real gearheads understand just how rare it is for a car of this quality to maintain its storied legacy while still managing to modernize and improve with every passing year.

  • Superior performance. While Shelby Cobras are gorgeous to stare at, they're even more beautiful once you get them on the road or track. An AC Cobra Coupe famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h) on a British motorway in 1964, and that's peanuts compared to what they can do today. A key aspect of Cobras' enhanced performance is its light weight. While some racing cars or roadsters can weigh up to 3,400 pounds, Cobras are known for weighing much less.

  • Endless customization. If you're planning on installing your own AC Cobra kit, you probably already know how fun this experience can be. Cobras are some of the most customizable vehicles on the planet, and there is no limit to the ways you can personalize your brand new muscle car. A great Cobra manufacturer and retailer will have the parts you need to take your Cobra to the next level.

There's nothing quite like owning a Shelby Cobra, and no muscle car can even come close to its legacy, performance, and customization. Invest in the perfect AC Cobra replica or car kit and start turning heads on the road.

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2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 Wins Yahoo Autos Epic Car of the Year

muscle carPerformance, design, and ultimately bragging rights have always been at the heart of the high-performance car industry. In fact, Shelby's original AC Cobras were designed to be "Corvette-Beaters," though they weighed almost 500 pounds less than Chevrolet Corvette. Although the glory days of muscle cars are in the past, much of that competitive spirit still runs strong today and is proven by one of the most recent additions to the Ford family.

One of the most anticipated "new age" muscle cars of the year is the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang. That anticipation seems well-deserved as it was just announced Yahoo Autos named the new model their Epic Ride of the Year, according to Yahoo.com.

The car division of the popular search engine and news website selected the new Shelby muscle car out of 22 high-performance models for 2016 from companies including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Lexus.

Fans of custom roadsters and Shelby Cobra kit cars alike are sure to enjoy the sleek new design and 526 horsepower, 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 engine. Those numbers are well above even the real ones for the Shelby Mustang GT 500, which was advertised by the manufacturers as 335 to appease insurance companies, but was really closer to 400.

Many in the industry are crediting the new flat-plane crankshaft for a lot of the performance and corresponding audio appeal. Usually reserved for Ferraris or race cars, it helps that the car can hit 8,000 RPMs without breaking a sweat. As Yahoo Autos writer Alex Lloyd, who got to test drive it, wrote, when fired up the Shelby GT350 engine has, "gurgling and popping like a tectonic shift capable of demolishing an entire continent."

It's unclear just how fast the new Shelby tops out at, but by the sounds of it she should be able to hold her own even against the AC Cobra Coupe, which famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h) on a British motorway in 1964.

The glory days of muscle cars might be over, but that doesn't mean a new treasure can't spring up every now and then.

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The 104th Shelby Cobra Model in 'Guardsman Blue' is Making its Way to Salzberg

performance drivingAnyone who's a fan of the Shelby Cobra knows that finding an original is a difficult task, indeed. From 1962 through 1968, Carroll Shelby only built 654 small-block Cobras, around 350 big-block Cobras, and 538 Mark II models in 1964. Because of their limited availability, original models of Shelby Cobras are few and far between -- and extremely pricey.

This is more than true for the Shelby Cobra CSX2104. As the 104th Shelby Cobra model built, this car has a traceable chain of ownership and a mileage count that is remarkably low. Among the owners was a woman named Rozella Ruch, a Hawaiian resident who had the car for 15 years, up until her death in 1987.

And the CSX2104 isn't only special for its low mileage and traceable lineage. In fact, the color of the model is 'Guardsman Blue'. According to classicdriver.com, the color was the very hue that Carroll Shelby adopted for his racing squadron, and was frequently seen on the Daytona Coupe models. With less than 10,000 miles on this belt, this car is an extremely desirable model of the performance driving vehicle, and will be on sale in mid-October at a show in Salzberg. The price tag? Up to 1.25 million Euros, or $1,430,537.50.

For those trying not to spend every last penny and then some on the performance driving vehicle of their dreams, there are other ways to procure a muscle car within your price range. Consider opting for authentic replication using a Cobra car kit.

Using a cobra kit, you can construct the ideal Shelby Cobra replication, making a "Corvette Beater" of your own. With authentic replication, one is able to have total control over the construction of their car, from engine to exterior. This way, the car of your dreams is both affordable and exactly what you wished for.

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The Shelby Cobra: 3 Generations of One of the Best Muscle Cars

muscle carMuscle cars have been around for the last 60 years or so in the United States. They are an iconic part of the American manufacturing lexicon and tribute to the industrial superiority of years past. One of the best and most popular muscle car in existence is the Shelby Cobra. The rarity and expensive nature of the car make even Shelby Cobra kit cars a prevalent alternative. If you're looking for an authentic Cobra, though, there are many different versions and types to choose from. Here are three of the main generations of Shelby Cobras throughout history.

1. First Models:

The first Shelby Cobra cars were built by Carroll Shelby from 1962-68. They were either 654 small-block or 350 big-block engine versions. Some Shelby cars weren't officially named Cobras, but rather GT350 and GT500 in 1965. They originally acquired the moniker because Shelby American, who produced the cars at that time, fitted each model with a Cobra emblem and option valve covers. These early generations were the very definition of muscle cars. They were not built for leisurely or performance driving necessarily, but actual racing. The original AC Cobras were designed to be "Corvette-Beaters," and weighed 500 pounds less than their Chevrolet counterparts. In one famous case an AC Cobra Coupe hit 186 mph in 1964 on a British motorway

2. Second Generation:

The Shelby Cobras ceased production for almost 40 years from 1970 till 2006 when Ford released the Shelby GT-H. It came in black and gold and was only available at Hertz rental car agencies. A total of 500 cars were built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the GT350H. Ford has continued production of the classic car ever since releasing updated version virtually every year.

3. Third Generation:

Up until this year little changed in the Cobra. In 2015 though they launched the third generation Shelby GT. Based on the Ford Mustang GT it was an effort to give the classic car a more aggressive look. Rockers, splitters, a spoiler, and carbon fiber hood give this old school muscle car a modern edge. With 627 horse power it still stays true to its racing roots.

The Shelby Cobra has come a long way since Carroll Shelby first designed the originals back in the day. While some people detest the modern features and style of the newer models, others praise the ingenuity and creativity it takes to make an old car new. Today, there is even an ecoboost option available. Better for the environment, but certainly not what traditional lovers will be lining up to buy.

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The 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Costs How Much?!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe's win in the GT III class 965 World Sportscar Championship season. To celebrate the muscle car's anniversary and previous successes, the company announced that they would be releasing a 50th anniversary edition of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.

The price tag on this coveted performance driving car, however, is enough to make you wish that you hadn't broken your piggy bank all of those times in your childhood.

For the souped up special edition model, motor heads will have to shell out a whopping $349,999.

To be fair, the company will only release 50 such vehicles -- and that's more than they have manufactured in the past. "With only six original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes built, the racecar became one of the most coveted vehicles in the world," an official new release explains. According to Autoweek, the car is sold as a rolling chassis, however the manufacturers will allow you to include whichever motor you'd like. The first cobra model, however, had a v8 Ford Windsor engine. This particular model comes in aluminum, and has an aesthetic that pays homage to the original model.

The inside boasts modern luxuries with a vintage twist, such as a leaf-springed suspension, wood-rimmed steering, and a black leather interior.

For those who are looking for a discount, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is also available for a not-so-measly $179,995.

Both cars, of course, stay true to the model's compact, lightweight feel. Cobras were originally designed as "Corvette Beaters", and weigh as much as 500 pounds less than the other performance driving model. Other race cars can weigh over 3,000 pounds. In contrast, the Cobra usually only weighs around 2,000 pounds.

If you're still looking to ride in style but aren't interested in selling your first born child, your kidney, and your Aunt Suzy's dentures to get it, there are options out there for you.

Shelby cobra car kits allow Cobra enthusiasts to create authentic replications of the roadster. Cobra kit car manufacturers help you select or create the custom roadster of your dreams, and for a quarter of the price.

So if you want a Shelby Cobra but aren't interested in partaking in the black market organ business just yet, contact cobra kit car manufacturers today.

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A North Carolina Doctor Stole $4 Million From Medicaid to Buy an AC Cobra

ac cobra kitThe Shelby Cobra is indeed a coveted car. In fact, from 1962 to 1968, Carroll Shelby only produced 1,002 Cobras in total: 654 small-block Cobras and around 350 big block Cobras.

Because of this, the muscle car's comparably small size (500 pounds lighter than a Corvette!) and award winning speeds, the Shelby Cobra has become one of the most expensive and most vied after cars of the 21st century.

So vied after, in fact, that people would go through great lengths to have one. Maybe they would even commit fraud.

One man did just that. Terry Lamont Speller, a doctor from Winterville, North Carolina, plead guilty to health care fraud as well as making monetary transactions with criminally derived property. 

According to an article posted on the Daily Reflector the doctor defrauded Medicaid, meaning he got Medicaid to believe he was performing services that he did not actually render.

Overall, Speller defrauded a total of $4 million from Medicaid. Among this fraudulent income, investigators discovered a check made out for Speller to purchase the much beloved and coveted performance driving vehicle, the Shelby Cobra.

Currently, Speller is in detainment, where he will remain until the final hearing in late 2015.

While one has to admire the man's moxie, he didn't necessarily have to commit health fraud to acquire his own custom roadster.

Instead, he could have just opted for authentic replication using an AC Cobra kit, affording him a great deal more financial leeway. AC Cobra kits allow individuals to recreate the classic sensibility of the Shelby Cobra in their own way; this means including original body features with modernized internal updates. But all in all, you still get the remarkable speed, comparable weight (other roadsters weigh up to 3,400 pounds!), and classic style that car lovers know and love.

So next time, let's all learn from Doctor Speller's mistakes, shall we? It's not like he'll be speeding away in his own AC Cobra anytime soon.

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To Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Shelby Releases 50 Limited Edition Shelby Daytona Coupes

cobra car kitTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Daytona's win in the GT III class for the 1965 World Sportscar Championship season, the car company has announced that they will release 50 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe special edition models.

Half a century ago, that win was extremely significant, as it marked the first time an American car won the crown.

When Carroll Shelby originally designed the first AC Cobra, it was intended to be a "Corvette beater", with a significantly lower weight (a 500 pound difference) and much faster speed. Perhaps this is what enabled the Shelby Cobra Daytona to win; while most custom roadsters and racing cars weigh up to 3,400 pounds, the Shelby Cobra's light weight may have enabled it to zip ahead of its competition with ease.

The limited edition car boasts old school details, such as a wood rimmed steering wheel, leaf-springed suspension, and a black leather interior. To bring the old school model into the 21st century, engineers of the limited edition Shelby Cobra Daytona offer the model in both fiberglass and aluminum. This allows the car to have modern safety features without sacrificing the integrity of the original model.

With only 50 models of this special edition Shelby Cobra Daytona available, getting your hands on one of these high speed performance driving vehicles might be tricky.

But this is not news for Shelby Cobra models.

In fact, since their conception in 1964, Shelby Cobras have been muscle cars that were regularly in both high demand and short supply. In 1964, for example, only 538 models of the Mark II were ever created. And from 1962 to 1968, Shelby only built 654 small-block cobras and 350 big-block versions.

Because of their limited availability, these originals are hard to come by. Instead, many build their own authentic replication of the AC Cobra using a cobra car kits. Similar to the modern updates offered with the new Shelby Cobra Daytona editions, cobra car kits allow people to build Shelby Cobras with the aesthetic sensibility of the past while adding newer, more modern features that reflect the technology of the present.

So whether you're one of the lucky ones to zoom away in a limited edition Shelby Cobra Daytona or an authentic replication using a cobra car kit, it's guaranteed that you'll be riding in style.

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3 of the Fastest Cars in the Entire World That You Should Know About

cobra kitIf you have a need for speed, then you're going to want one of these incredible machines. Here are just a few of the fastest, meanest cars in the world.

Hennessey Venom GT
What's amazing about the Hennessey Venom GT isn't that it can hit 270 miles per hour, but that it get from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. That's it. Of course, that's easy when it has a 7.0 liter LS7 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1244 hp. Naturally, such a speed machine doesn't come cheap. The Hennessey Venom GT is worth a whopping $1,000,000 and upwards. What's most insane, though, is that it was proven as the fastest car in the world, but couldn't reach its top speed because the NASA runway in Florida was only 3.22 miles long.

The Shelby Cobra
The Shelby Cobra is as fast and vicious as its namesake. The original AC cobras were designed to be "Corvette-Beaters," but weighed nearly 500-pounds less than Chevy's Corvette. This, however, came to be one of the things Cobras were known for. Some racing cars or roadsters can weigh upwards of 3,400 pounds, but Cobras weigh much, much less. This lightness is part of what makes them so fast. In 1964, an AC Cobra Coupe famous hit 186 miles per hour on a British roadway. Although originals (or even just their parts) are hard to come by, you can find an AC cobra kit car for sale. These Shelby Cobra kit cars make use of all the modern technology available today, but come with the classic 60s styling. What's not to love about these Cobra kits?

Lamborghini Aventador
The Lamborghini Aventador can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds (2.9, technically), and tops out at 220 miles per hour thanks to its incredible 700 or so horsepower V12 engine.

Which of these speed demons is your favorite? Share in the comments.

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California Museum Showcases Rare Shelby Cobras

cobra car kitSome of the most remarkable cars in the world are also some of the least well-known. The AC Shelby Cobra, a British sports car originally devised and pieced together by creator Caroll Shelby, contains an American motor, weighs 500 pounds less than comparable Corvettes, and reportedly packs a horsepower of about 400 (although the company advertised it as much less to fend off insurance companies' concerns). While undoubtedly remarkable, it is also extremely rare -- almost to the point of obscurity. Case in point: Shelby produced just 350 big-block Cobras and 654 small-block models between 1962 and 1986. A museum in Martinez, California, along with several auto enthusiasts, hopes to bring it out of obscurity and show off the exceptional AC Cobra.

The Cobra Experience In Martinez, California
"Inside the museum, which opened in November [2014], are perfectly preserved pieces of history, including a cobalt blue Dragonsnake (one of only six produced in 1964), a bright orange race car with wide rear wings, and a stretch of four Mustangs," Diablo Magazine writes. The museum is open to the public on the third Sunday of every month. Private tours are available upon request and can be scheduled most other times. The museum also opens its doors for special events, such as its annual car show. This year, the annual auto show will be on June 6. Attendees can enjoy snacks, ice cream, and beer while viewing 100 originals and replicas.

A Cobra Experience Of Your Own
Of course, it's not strictly necessary to go to a museum to see stunning AC Cobra replicas. In fact, consumers can purchase Cobra car kits and put together a replica of their own near their home. AC cobra kit car manufacturers sell parts and detailed instructions together, and consumers can go online for any additional tips and pointers during the process.

The AC Cobra is rare -- but with some effort, you can behold the one-of-a-kind vehicle with your own eyes. Visit The Cobra Experience in Martinez, California, or consider putting together a Cobra car kit for the most rewarding experience.

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After 40 Years, Vermont Man Discovers Like-New Shelby Cobra In His Barn

ac cobra replicaFor 40 years, Vermont man Sy Allen locked up an old car in his barn. When Allen opened up the barn doors to sell the car at auction in January 2015, classic car enthusiasts and connoisseurs couldn't quite believe what the Vermont man had been hiding all of this time. Allen unearthed a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 in working condition. The Inquisitrdescribed the rare car as "well-preserved." The car remains pretty much in its original condition, other than a new paint job. (The car is now black, instead of its original color, red.) Experts estimated that the car would ultimately "sell for between $1 million and $1.4 million," Inquisitr continues.

Of course, the famous Cobras are extremely scarce -- with only 654 small-block and 350 big-block Cobras ever built. Similarly, manufacturers produced only 538 1964 Mark II car models. With the cars being such a rarity, how can car lovers celebrate their love for the rare Cobra models?

Build Your Very Own AC Cobra Replica
Shelby Cobras are renowned for their impressive horsepower of nearly 400. Experience it first-hand with your very own AC Cobra Replica. More manufacturers are selling complete AC Cobra kits and Shelby Cobra kit cars, enabling average consumers to recreate the famous car from the ground-up. The kits come with all necessary parts as well as instructions for putting the replicas together. Consumers can often go online for any additional help or advice during the process.

Celebrate Shelby Cobras Every Day
Another way to celebrate the Shelby name and rare Cobra vehicles is to purchase the commemorative Baume and Mercier Shelby Cobra watch. Each watch is specially crafted "with racing stripes on the watch dial and the iconic Shelby Cobra logo," according to an April 16 Forbes article.

Uncovering an old Shelby Cobra in a barn or at auction (and especially at a reasonable price) is unlikely. What consumers can do is celebrate the rare and beloved car with AC Cobra replicas and special edition watches dedicated to the classic roadster.

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