It's been 50 years since Shelby American rocked the auto world with the FIA version of its small-block Cobra car, which competed against Aston Martin, Corvette and Jaguar in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this event, the company introduced the 50th Anniversary FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) Shelby Cobra at the recent Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Only 50 of the limited edition cars will be produced. They will be painted Viking Blue with FIA stripes and roundels and feature original-style wheels as well as special billet anniversary badges.
The passenger space will feature a classic black FIA interior. The original-style suspension is used on the new limited edition models, but with a stronger frame and modern disc brakes. The new version of the classic body comes in a choice of aluminum or fiberglass.
"With a small block V-8 pushing only 2,100 pounds, it's the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio," explained Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American. "This allows the small-block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy."
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