History Of The First Shelby Cobra

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The overall style and design remained the identical, but although 289 and 427 Cobras appeared extremely identical, none of the body panels,except for hood,trunk and windshelid, are interchangeable.

Equipped with the monster of an engine and four-speed manual transmission, Cobra 427 was incredibly fast even by today’s standards.

The 0 to 60 mph time was just over 4 seconds and 0 to 100 mph for incredible 10.3 seconds.
Many years, Cobra 427 was the fastest American car in every way.

The overall style and design remained the identical, but although 289 and 427 Cobras appeared extremely identical, none of the body panels,except for hood,trunk and windshelid, are interchangeable. Equipped with the monster of an engine and four-speed manual transmission, Cobra 427 was incredibly fast even by today’s standards. The 0 to 60 mph time was just over 4 seconds and 0 to 100 mph for incredible 10.3 seconds. Many years, Cobra 427 was the fastest American car in every way. These fantastic performances have proved too much for some owners and many Cobras were crushed because the drivers weren’t used to that level of power and speed.
These fantastic performances have proved too much for some owners and many Cobras were crushed because the drivers weren’t used to that level of power and speed.

Because the Cobra 427 was an sports car there are not many equipment which was installed. The driver has all the necessary instruments that he needs, rather than luxury, and nothing more.

All Cobra 427s were roadsters and there was not convertible roof, only a bit of canvas with plexiglas side windows in case of rain.

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Lack of protection against weather conditions was a serious security weakness, because driving a 427 Cobra on wet surface at any speed could be fatal.

Cobra 427 had very stiff suspension, and passengers sat very low, with almost no protection from the wind, accompanied by powerful sounds of the mighty V8 engine.

And it’s all part of the magic and beauty of 427’s.

The original Cobra 427s is one of the most wanted but also the most expensive classic cars. The prices are well over 1 million dollars for a perfect example, but original Cobras can be very difficult to find for sale.

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