Cobra The First 40 Years
Signed By Trevor Ledgate
- A comprehensive illustrated history of the AC Shelby Corba Sports Car, The legendary Shelby AC Cobra was the result of an unlikely collaboration between American race driver Carroll Shelby, the Ford Motor Company and AC Cars Ltd.
- In the USA, Shelby American developed the Ford-powered Cobra into a race winner with the help of designers, mechanics and drivers such as Pete Brock, Phil Remington and Ken Miles. Thanks to their input, the Cobra team won the FIA World GT Championship in 1965 with its Daytona Cobra coupe, driven by people such as Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant. In the UK, the Cobra achieved fame when it raced at the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours where, managed by Stirling Moss, it won the GT class.
- The Cobra soon became a byword for high performance motoring. Both AC Cars and Carroll Shelby ceased production of the car in the 1960s, before the kit-car market helped revive interest in the car with the result that both AC and Shelby re-launched their own modern version of the Shelby Cobra and AC Cobra.
- Cobra authority Trevor Legate continues his research into the history of Shelby American and AC Cars to unearth new photographs and information about the iconic Cobra. This substantial work shows the Cobra on the road and track at world famous circuits such as Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Nurburgring, Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Not only does it bring the complex Cobra story up to date, but also reproduces the official AC Cars Chassis Registry in its entirety, listing every Cobra built between 1962 and 1968.