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Take a stroll back in time to the 1962 New York Auto Show and you’ll come across a roadster that would invariably change the course of automotive history, as we know it.

That car was the Ford-powered Shelby Cobra and almost half a century after its historical debut in New York, a special edition ‘50th Anniversary’ model was introduced at Barrett-Jackson a few days ago.

The rolling chassis models, which are using the CSX8000 chassis number, are being touted as continuation cars that will be limited to only 50 units, a not-so-subtle ode to the iconic car’s age.

"Fifty years after its introduction, the Shelby Cobra is still an international symbol of high performance," said John Luft, president of Shelby American.

“Half a century later, the Cobra remains one of the most coveted cars in the world,” he adds.

Despite being a rolling chassis model, we don’t expect all 50 models to be unaccounted for soon. Sure, it doesn’t have a drivetrain, but it’s a Shelby Cobra. And a special edition one at that. These type of cars don’t sit on dealerships too long.

UPDATE 02/02/2011: Shelby American has announced that all 50 units of the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Street Car have been sold just 48 hours after the official introduction: "The strong demand for these cars proves that the Shelby Cobra is still as desirable and sought after today as it was 50 years ago," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "People who didn’t have the opportunity to buy one in the 1960s jumped at the chance to own one of these very special collector’s edition Shelbys. Although the entire factory allocation has been spoken for, a few of these anniversary cars are still available from our Shelby Cobra dealers who seized the opportunity and bought multiple cars."

UPDATE 01/23/12: Shelby has announced that the last unit of the 50th-anniversary Cobra will be raffled off at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. For a chance at owning this bad boy, interested car enthusiasts have to buy a ticket - or hundreds of tickets - at a price of $25 each, or five for $100. The winner will be announced in January 2013. All proceeds will be donated to the Carroll Shelby Foundation. (Autoweek)

Details on the Shelby Cobra "50th Anniversary" after the jump.

  • 2011 Shelby Cobra "50th Anniversary"
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    No engine, it is a rolling chassis
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    $69,995 / $134,995
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Exterior and Interior

2011 Shelby Cobra "50th Anniversary" Interior
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Among the aesthetic features of the 50th Anniversary Cobra include a body made from either a Shelby hand laid fiberglass or aluminum frame with a “Shelby Black” paint finish, a set of Shelby Cobra anniversary side fender emblems, a chrome oval bumper, and a set of 15” chrome plated steel wire rims with modern performance radial tires.

For the interior, Shelby dressed up the special edition Cobra with Rosso high-quality leather interior trims on both the seats and the dash, a Wilton Wool carpeting, specially made ‘50th Anniversary’ floor and trunk mats, a choice of either Shelby or Stewart-Warner instrument panels, and a special serial number denoting the car is one of the 50 anniversary models.


Here’s where it gets a little tricky. As we’ve said, the 50th Anniversary Cobra is a rolling chassis model, which means that it only comes with a frame and body and doesn’t have a drivetrain. Normally, this would be weird, but with a car like a special edition Cobra, it’s awesome that owners can have free reign on what kind of drivetrain they’d want to install under the hood of this baby.


2011 Shelby Cobra "50th Anniversary" High Resolution Exterior
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Depending on what kind of body you want, the 50th Anniversary Cobra rolling chassis will set you back $69,995 for the fiberglass version or if you want it working the aluminum body, you’ll need to shell more than double - $134,995 – for the chance to do so.


Hard to find a competitor for this one because it’s a rolling chassis, which means that drivetrain specs will be entirely up to you. Still, a car that’s legendary as a Shelby Cobra – even if it’s a 50th anniversary continuation car – really has no peer.

Suffice to say, there are iconic cars in history and then there are ICONIC cars in history. The Shelby Cobra has a lifetime membership on the more prestigious latter group.

2011 Shelby Cobra "50th Anniversary" High Resolution Interior
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  • Leave it
    • No drivetrain
    • Quite a pricey selling price
    • An expensive display if no modifications are done
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  (530) posted on 10.21.2011

No doubt it has been sold in just a short period of time. The car is a Shelby Cobra. If I were a millionaire, I would also buy this car and drive with so much pride in every part of the world.

  (474) posted on 09.1.2011

Wow! Awesome! The combination color of the car is great. Black and red and the cost of this car is really crazy its $134,995

  (368) posted on 08.10.2011

Who wouldn’t love this one?! It is Shelby ! Well, I would agree on that thing. It really has the classy look. I like the color combination of the car but I think before releasing this in public, they need to modify the car. At least few tweaks will surely work.

  (256) posted on 08.4.2011

I don’t know what to say on this one. I can’t criticize this one because it is a perfectly built classic car. I like the transmission of the car which I think is very effective and also the steering wheel for better handling.

  (379) posted on 04.15.2011

Wow! I like the vintage mixed with contemporary look for the car. I think its getting trendy this kind of version!

  (291) posted on 04.15.2011

I think this model is kind of cool! Its not often that we got to see this kind of version. I do wonder how it feels to drive this car. Sounds so interestingsmiley

  (458) posted on 02.3.2011

Fiberglass body on a Shelby? How does this make it distinct from the knock-offs other than the badge and price commensurate to it? May as well put a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

  (210) posted on 02.3.2011

$135k alum body w/out drivetrain? I don’t think I pay that even for a 1 off car. I think Shelby is getting a little ego happy these days. For that money, I’d be looking for an original 60’s cobra (w/out engine) to restore.

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