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The Cobra successor that never was

Post by koimaster » August 22nd 2019, 12:31pm

By the time the new 427 Cobra shipped to dealers in 1965, Shelby American was already working on a replacement. Internally known as the Cobra III, and later the Lone Star, one prototype was built before the project was scrapped for a variety of reasons. Though an evolutionary dead-end, the Shelby Lone Star is an important and long-unseen part of the brand’s history. Now restored, the prototype will make its concours debut on March 11 at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

By late 1965, Carroll Shelby was stretched thin. In addition to producing a new generation of Cobras, Shelby was tasked with the re-engineering of the Ford GT 40 Mk II, winding down the racing program for the Daytona Coupes in Europe, and turning the Mustang from a fun commuter into a serious competitor in the eyes of SCCA racers. Shelby American set down its own ground rules and target dates for the next generation of Cobra, but was happy to seek input from English partner JW Automotive Engineering (JWAE) as well. ... ia-island/


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