There 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.
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