One of the most famous cars ever and partly because of the movie “Ford Verses Ferrari” is the Shelby Cobra. Even young people who don’t like cars or know that much about them know what a Shelby Cobra is. Carroll Shelby had been racing cars in the late fifties and early sixties. But his doctor made him quit because he had a heart condition. Still wanting to be involved with performance cars in some way, he came up with the idea to take a lightweight small car built in England called the AC and put an American V8 in it. Ford was thinking the same thing and he did a deal with them in 1962. They went with the Mustang 260 cubic inch engine at first but then got serious with the 289 with performance parts and the real Shelby Cobra was born. !965 Shelby Cobras totaled 505 and sold for $5995. They also started to install a few 427 Big Block Ford engines in the same AC car for racing and also built a couple of coupes for racing. The people who bought Cobras were movie stars and independent racers and people who just wanted to go fast. And they did. There were several companies who later pulled molds off the Cobra body and made a kit Car version you could assemble yourself. Carroll sued the biggest of these companies and won and donated the money to a Cancer charity. There are actually more kit car Cobras than real cobras. A 1965 or 66 real Shelby Cobra brings in over a million dollars today at auction. I’ve seen one in my lifetime and ridden in a kit car. They are scary fast and you feel like you are in a Go-cart. But man, was it fun.