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January 31 2011 at 11:05am

is the 2012 50th anniversary Cobra; only 50 will be all black. Prices will at the equivalent of R500 000 — not engine or gearbox.


It’s going to be one of the most cars ever built: the anniversary edition of the Shelby the open-top flyer with a V8 heart beating inside a British body.

Only 50 be built — one for each of the car’s existence — and the book has just been for the car’s launch in the United in 2012.

The first of the limited-edition was unveiled as a rolling chassis engine or gearbox) at the glitzy car auction in Arizona.

The fibreglass-bodied chassis will cost $69 995 000) and the aluminium-bodied version 995 (R970 000) — and dos not include the engine or gearbox.

The original AC Cobra first at the 1962 New York auto It was an Anglo-American design, the work of racer Carroll Shelby and AC of England.

It was based on the AC Ace, an sports racer with a frame that had enjoyed success in Britain and Europe in the

This special medallion sit in the centre of the steering wheel.

imported the car into the US, replaced its straight-six, British-built Bristol with an American Ford V8, and created an icon: the AC Cobra, known as a Shelby or Shelby

John Luft, president of American, said: “Fifty after its introduction, the Shelby is still an international symbol of performance.

“Combining a robust, powerful engine with a lightweight chassis was brilliant. The Cobra one of the most coveted cars in the

Like some of Shelby’s modern Cobras, the 50th cars are regarded as continuation cars and each is given a serial number, starting the hallowed “CSX» designation.

It be available only in black a interior, leather-trimmed seats and a disc in the centre of the steering

The AC Cobra story began in the 1950’s. Shelby had seen the aluminium-bodied AC Ace while racing in and, on returning to the US, wrote to AC asking if it would build an Ace to a V8 engine. AC agreed, provided a V8 could be found.

The story that Shelby first to Chevrolet for an engine. But Chevrolet want competition for the Corvette and no.

Shelby went to Ford. was before the advent of the Mustang and was looking for something to compete the Corvette. It also happened to a new small-block V8 engine available, a 260 inch (4.2-litre) Windsor tuned for high performance.

airfreighted the engine to England and AC fitted it into the prototype CSX0001. The car and drivetrain was tested and and once AC Cars was happy its performance it removed the engine and and airfreighted the chassis to Shelby in Los on February 2, 1962.

Shelby’s installed the new drivetrain in less eight hours and began Production of the AC Cobra Mk I began after.

The first 75 models fitted with the 4.2-litre engine. The remaining 51 Mark I used a larger version of the Ford V8, the 289cu in (4.7 unit.

Later that year AC engineers reworked the car’s end but stayed with the leaf-spring They reportedly borrowed a new rack from Britain’s MGB and a column from the Volkswagen and called it the AC Cobra Mk II. It entered in 1963.

More than 500 Mk II were built through to 1965.

Meantime, the leaf-spring Mk II was losing its edge on the track in the US. tried a 384cu in (6.3-litre) engine but the chassis couldn’t with the extra oomph.

The ended with a new chassis the Mk III and designed at Ford HQ in Detroit. It wider diameter tubing in the and sat on coil springs. The bumpers wider and the radiator opening

Under the bonnet was a 427cu in litre!) V8 delivering 317kW in the model and 362kW in the racer. Top was just shy of 300km/h. Production at AC Cars in England on January 1,

The AC Cobra 427’s were to the US as unpainted rolling chassis and in Shelby’s workshop.

But the Mk III did not sell To save money, say the history most AC Cobra 427s fitted with Ford’s 428 engine, a smaller bore intended for road use rather racing.

About 300 Mark III were sent to Shelby in the US the years 1965 and 1966, the competition versions. The MK III missed for the 1965 racing season and was not by the Shelby team. It was raced by privateers and went on to win into the

The historic value of the Mk III lies in a of 31 competition cars that unsold and sat around in the 1960’s being detuned, made worthy and called S/C for semi-competition.

cars sell today for the of about R12 million. — The New Herald

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