The 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.