Shelby 289 Cobra
Street Roadster, CSX8022
color: Braciere Giallo (Italian for “Firepit Yellow”)
built by famed Shelby Dealer HRE Motorcars
personally signed on the glovebox by Carroll Shelby
The Serpentine Saga Begins [Curt Scott relates this anecdote]: “I had a marvelous conversation with an original Shelby (289) Cobra owner and competition driver at the track in Maple Grove, Pennsylvania in the 1980s. He had owned and driven and raced an original 4-cylinder/2.6L Austin-Healey 100… the original “Big Healey.” A few years later he traded it for his next “Big Healey,” A 3000 model with its 2.9L inline six. He always wished those sports cars had a small-displacement V8 powerplant. He said his fantasy in effect came true when the original AC (and Shelby) Cobras thundered onto the world stage in 1962. Fitted with a Ford small-block 289 cid V8, it was about as close to a “Big Healey” with a V8 that he could wish for… a true British sports machine fitted with a high-performance American small-block V8 powerplant. He purchased his first (pre-owned) AC Cobra in 1964. As he put it, that was the same year the James Bond was handily whipping his Aston Martin DB5 around England’s motorways and byways in that year’s 007 big-screen blockbuster hit “Goldfinger.” And it was the same year the those little 289 Cobras were thrashing Enzo’s Team drivers at FIA tracks all around the world, from Mille Miglia to Nürburgring to The Argentina GP to LeMans.” CS
It was indeed the small-block Cobras (289 slabsides, 289 USRRCs and 289 FIAs) and Peter Brock’s (small-block) Cobra Daytona Coupes that wrenched the WMC (World Manufacturers Championship) from Enzo Ferrari’s grasp in 1965 (for the 1964 racing season). And it was the 289 Cobras that The Rip Chords [Phil Stewart, Arnie Marcus, Rich Rotkin and Bernie Bringas, all from southern California] made famous (indeed, Top 10) in the summer of 1963. And here’s ‘Hey Little Cobra’ just for you, in audio/visual form, courtesy of YouTube. The audio gets lively, so be sure to pre-adjust your sound volume (and feel free to bypass any commercial you may encounter on YouTube). Enjoy!
hotlink: Hey Little Cobra
—Under the Primrose Bonnet—
Ford 289 HiPo small-block V8…
The Real McCoy
Beneath the primrose bonnet:
captured by HRE Motorcars
while CSX8022 was under construction
CSX8022, primered coachwork lowered onto chassis
Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.
—In this (Legend-correct) cockpit—
The cockpit is outfitted with…
—It’s the Wheel McCoy—
AC and Shelby had to jettison those splendid wire wheels with the advent of the big-block Cobras. You see, the hi-torque of those 427 and 428 powerplants could bend the wire spokes. A pity… those chromed wires were eye candy extraordinaire!
—The Luggage Compartment—
This Cobra was first registered in 2005 and is thus qualified to be imported into Canada.
This is a definitively spirited and nimble driving machine, a fitting salute to those magnificent Ferrari-trouncing driving machines of yesteryear. You’ll encounter no downside surprises with this primrose-coloured blast-from-the-past… just exhilarating driving adventures and ‘thumbs up’ gestures every time you take it out and blast past the landscape!
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Located in Island Park, LI, New York