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1965 Shelby Carbon Cobra To Commemorate Six Decades Of An American Icon

Priced at a cool $1.2 Million, Classic Recreations will only produce 10 examples of the ’Diamond Edition’

Classic Recreations has come up with an 800-horsepower Shelby Cobra in full carbon attire for Shelby American’s 60th birthday. Only ten examples of the 800-horsepower two-seater will be produced. Each of these track-only cars will set you back a whopping $1.2 million.

Overview

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To gear heads across the country and around the world, the name "Cobra" really needs no introduction. It is a car that dates back to the early ‘60s. The Cobra was developed in collaboration with AC Cars and Shelby, with Carroll Shelby at the helm.

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Caroll Shelby really needs no introduction

2022 marks sixty years since Shelby American came into existence. Classic Recreations based out of Oklahoma believes that now is the ideal time to pay tribute to the celebrated racing driver and his from, with a very special version of the Cobra. The end result? A classic body combined with cutting-edge technology.

The Build

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To celebrate this momentous occasion, Classic Recreations, based out of Oklahoma will produce 10 stunning examples of the Cobra, that features a new all-carbon body
Shelby American has given Classic Recreations permission to utilize authentic CSX serial numbers (CSX4521 - CSX4530) to build these Cobra continuation cars.

Do bear in mind that even the classic Shelby Cobra wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. The tubular frame, aluminum body, and 7.0-liter V-8 engine of the Mark III Cobra weighed just roughly 1,090 pounds. And, depending on the engine, the Cobra kit cars with fiberglass bodies were up to 200 lbs lighter.

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Dubbed the ’Diamond Edition’, Shelby has authorized to use serial numbers (CSX4521 - CSX4530) for these Cobra continuation cars

However, Classic Recreations has now created this 1965 Cobra made completely from carbon fiber. The Diamond Edition is based on the contemporary Shelby CSX Cobra and not only looks good, but it also helps in significant weight savings - up to 88 lbs lighter

The Insides

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On the inside, expect to find a pair of bucket seats, custom Shelby gauges, a custom console, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel

In the cockpit, the carbon look will contrast well against the beautiful leather surfaces, chrome-framed analog round dials, and a steering wheel with a real wood rim. There are diamond emblems and a commemorative autograph by Carroll Shelby on the dash. The body is composed of autoclave hardened carbon fiber, and the cabin is now roomier, thus amounting to greater legroom.

  • Seats: High Back Bucket Seats
  • Gauges: Shelby Gauges
  • Console: Custom console
  • Speedometer: Shelby

The Performance

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This beast of an engine will be paired to a six-speed Tremec T-56 transmission

Classic Recreations has plonked a proper hammer under the hood. The engine is a third-generation Ford Performance Coyote V-8 mill with a VMP blower that delivers over 800 horsepower to the rear wheels. Sidepipes will allow the carbon Cobra to exhale and I’m sure the growl from that V-8 will be brutal.

The feather-light race car features a six-speed manual Tremec T-56 transmission, along with a six-piston Wilwood brake system on all four corners. The use of independent suspensions all around is expected to produce excellent road holding.

Engine: Gen 3 Coyote
Output: 800 HP
Transmission: T56 Magnum 6-speed
Supercharger: VMP Supercharger
Fuel Management: Ford stock Injectors
Fuel Pump: VaporWorx twin fuel pumps
Fuel Cell: Stainless Steel

To Sum It Up

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With a ’65 Cobra as a base, the carbon fiber helps save about 88 lbs

The Cobra will be produced and assembled in a new section of Classic Recreations by an expert team of designers and technicians. I, for one, can’t wait to see one of these out on the track. This special Cobra with a Willow-Springs backdrop would certainly be a sight to behold.

Find out more about this build here.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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