1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Specifications Carroll Shelby says this of the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake that he created: "I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road." ©2007 Barrett-Jackson With nearly 500 horsepower for just 2,500 pounds, the Cobra 427 was "awesome, spellbinding," said Car and Driver. "Snapping the throttle open at any speed jams the low setback into the small of your back. The car lunges, jostles, and belches thunder from the side pipes just below your ear." Although the car was surprisingly docile in traffic, Car and Driver, like so many, found it "neither reassuring nor especially comfortable. It rode as if there were cement in the shocks. The steering was indecisive, the handling twitchy and abrupt." Creature comforts? Not here. Changing times ended this fun in 1968 after only 356 cars, but others soon offered replica 427s ranging in quality from ghastly to grand. A revived A.C. Cars produced its own fine specimen starting … [Read more...] about Why did the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sell for $5.5 million?
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The 2006 Ford Mustang V-6 Premium model was available with a Pony Package option that included several Mustang GT styling cues, including grille-mounted fog lamps. See more pictures of the 2006 Ford Mustang & the Ford Shelby GT-H. The 2006 Ford Mustang wasn't itself altered significantly as it carried the redesigned car into its second season. But that certainly didn't mean there was nothing new in Ford's pony car stable. A new option package enabled buyers to dress base Premium models in GT trim. This $1195 Pony Package included small GT-style grille-mounted fog lamps and a rear spoiler, plus ABS and traction control. It also added a GT-inspired suspension featuring a larger front stabilizer bar, plus a rear stabilizer bar and P235/55ZR17 tires on painted cast-aluminum wheels. With bright machined rims and unique tri-bar Pony center caps, these were the largest factory wheels and tires ever fitted to a V-6 Mustang. And GTs finally were available with the extra-cost 18-inch … [Read more...] about 2006 Ford Mustang and Ford Shelby GT-H
Early Mustang ads naturally played up the hardtop's low $2368 base price. See more pictures of classic cars. As the launch of the 1965 Ford Mustang approached, Ford was confident its new sporty car was on target. Its job now was to let the country know about this new kind of car. The introduction of what popularly would be known as the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang was an encompassing and brilliant marketing blitz. America had scarcely seen anything like it. With the curtain poised to rise in early 1964, Dearborn marketers shifted into overdrive to get the public ready for Mustang. Though Ford previewed the showroom model at a January 1964 press conference, it put the information revealed under an "embargo," meaning reporters weren't supposed to go public with it before a date Ford had set. This tactic is still widely observed in various industries, a sort of cat-and-mouse game between manufacturers and the Fourth Estate. The Big Day ArrivesThe weeks leading up to Mustang's debut saw big … [Read more...] about 1965 1966 Ford Mustang
Carroll Shelby was part showman, all businessman when it came to fast cars. See more pictures of the 2006 Ford Mustang and the Ford Shelby GT-H. By the time the 1965 Ford Mustang debuted, Carroll Shelby and his furiously fast Cobra sports cars were already performance legends. The high-performance machines Shelby would create out of the Mustang were destined to achieve fabled status of their own. It takes a fascinating man to create captivating cars. Born in 1923 in Leesburg, Texas, Shelby served as an Army Air Corps flight instructor during World War II, then worked as a truck driver, ranch hand, and salesman. He was into chicken ranching when he turned to racing sports cars, starting in 1952 with a humble MG-TC. To many enthusiasts, the name Carroll Shelby conjures images of a lanky country boy with a thick Texas drawl and a wide "aw shucks" grin beneath a black cowboy hat. This down-home manner was somewhat calculated. In 1953, for example, Shelby was late getting to a race and … [Read more...] about Carroll Shelby: Mustang Magic
The original '65 Shelby GT-350 was probably as close to a street-legal racing car as was ever offered by an American company. ©David Newhardt Carroll Shelby, maker of the 1965-1966 Shelby GT-350, was a Texas chicken farmer who drove for Enzo Ferrari in the '50s and retired from racing for health reasons in 1960. He then became America's most charismatic maker of high-performance specialty cars. Between 1962 and 1970 he built or contributed to such blindingly fast machines as the awesome Cobra 289 and 427, as well as the Sunbeam Tiger and Ford's mid-engine GT40 and Mark IV competition cars. The last took Ford to the performance pinnacle with outright victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966-69. Shelby's most popular project from a sales standpoint was the GT-350, a super-tuned version of the Ford Mustang. It was born of Dearborn's desire to give its new 1965 "ponycar" a solid performance image, and it did precisely that by reigning as national Sports Car Club of America … [Read more...] about 1965-1966 Shelby GT-350