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Cobra first car on historic register

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Monday, February 24, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

cars-blog-CSX2287The prototype Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe race car is the first car to meet the standards of the National Historic Vehicle Register, joining icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Vernon.

Carroll Shelby International and its division Carroll Shelby Licensing provided images and other documentation to the Historical Vehicle Association, which worked with the Department of the Interior to give the car its historical status. It is part of the National Historic Vehicle Register permanently archived in the Library of Congress.

The prototype car was built by Shelby American in 1964 as the first of six Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes to compete in sports car racing worldwide. The car enabled the Shelby American Cobra race team to win the International Manufacturer’s GT Championship in 1965, marking the first time an American car manufacturer had won an international race series.

The Historical Vehicle Association and the Department of Interior plan to document other historically significant autos.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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1 Comment
February 25, 2014 at 1:22 am

In 1965, a high school friend bought a '65 Chevy Malibu Super Sport with a 4 barrel carburetor over a 396 cubic inch V-8 engine. He gave me a ride in it, and I was impressed how smooth it rode as he quickly went through all 4 gears to up to only 30 mph in his residential neighborhood. That was my dream car, except I wanted lighter blue, and a convertible top. I rode with another friend when he got his lesser Chevy Malibu 396 up to 140 mph on the eastbound side of Ford Rd. nearly flying across the bridge over the Southfield Fwy in the southwestern metro Detroit area. My fastest drag race: 110 mph on Telegraph Rd. in a 318 Dodge. I won two and lost two within 45 minutes that night in 1967. Those were the days.