Nobody could have ever suspected that more than 50 years after the first Shelby Cobra was built, the company that Carroll built would still be selling essentially the same vehicle for six-figure prices. Yet here we are in 2016, with Shelby continuing its worldwide expansion by announced an extremely limited run of special edition Shelby Cobras powered by the venerable 289 V8.
“In 1963, Shelby American raced the Cobra head-to-head against the seemingly invincible sports cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar,” says Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Sebring was the first official FIA race for the Cobra, which sparked a battle with Ferrari that became very personal over the years.”
Shelby would end up dominating that first race with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finish at Sebring in the GT class, and would go on to win the 1963 U.S. Road Racing Championship. It effectively placed the long-dominant European racing teams on notice, and was arguably the starting point for Shelby’s dominance of the 1960s motorsports scene.
Just 15 Sebring Tribute Edition Shelby Cobras will be built, and will be available to buyers worldwide. Based on the Shelby American CSX7000 Continuation Shelby Cobra, the Sebring Tribute Cobras will retain the original style suspension and aesthetics, but have been upgraded to contemporary standards that includes modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and bodies composed of either aluminum or fiberglass.
Pricing has not yet been set, but if Shelby’s other continuation models are anything to go by, expect the cost to be well beyond the reach of us mere plebeians, with a MSRP well into the six-figures.