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2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, and it seems ol' Carroll and his band of hot rodders are intent on celebrating the legendary roadster for the entire year. Back in January, Shelby kicked off a series of nationwide 50th anniversary events with the debut of the Anniversary Mustangs at the Detroit Auto Show, and earlier this month, the company showed off the very first Cobra and the new 2012 Shelby 1000 at the New York Auto Show.

The most recent celebration happened this past weekend at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, where dozens of Shelby Cobra owners gathered for a 50th anniversary reunion put on by the Team Shelby Pacific Coast Division. All kinds of Cobras crowded into the parking lot in front of the museum, from 289-powered slab-sided Cobras to original 427 side-oiler models to the modern continuation Cobras.

In addition to the Cobras gathered outside, the NHRA museum also had a display of significant vehicles dubbed the Speed Merchants of Venice. The collection included the very first production Cobra CSX2001, generously loaned to the museum by collector Bruce Meyer, as well as a Cobra used at the Shelby School of High Performance Driving, an FIA Cobra race car, a "Dragonsnake" Cobra drag car, and an original daily driver Cobra with more than 130,000 miles.

You can see all of these and more from the Shelby Cobra 50th anniversary reunion in the photo gallery above.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how well they were able to keep it from turning into a Factory 5/Superformance meet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like they did pretty well, Smarty Pants. The event featured such notable original cars as: the very first production car (CSX2001), the Shelby driving school car (CSX2005), two original-owner cars (CSX2006 owned by jazz musician Herbie Hancock, and CSX2227 owned by Hank Williams), a 289 FIA factory team race car (CSX2259), the only Stage 3 factory-prepped Dragon Snake (CSX2427), and three 427 competition/semi-competition roadsters (CSX3016, CSX3026 and CSX3047). In addition there were plenty of authentic continuation-series Shelby Cobras (CSX4000s, CSX7000s and CSX8000s). And a few nice replicas/kit Cobras to boot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh. The problem with Cobras is that there are so many kit versions out there that you can't tell the real from the fake.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All I can say is "Lucky Bastards!" That number 98 is a real spaceship!
        • 3 Years Ago
        #98 is a King Cobra (CM/3/63) based on the Cooper Monaco Type 61 chassis. So is #94 (CM/3/64).
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      kiiiiiiiit car.
      Bill Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simply the COOLEST car ever made. 'nuf said!!!!!
      Robert Lillie
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I was 16 years old (1966) and working in a gas station in Bellevue Wa., a guy brought one in for a grease and oil change. I told him, I don't have anything like this in my lube reference book. He said, its just a ford, shouldn't be a problem. Then he said, I have some running around to do and I'll be back in a few hours to pick it up. I said ok, and proceeded to service the car. When I was done, I couldn't resist running it down the road. It was loud (289) and "quick". Not knowing what this car was at the time, but many years later fiquring it out, I feel very fortunate and lucky that I took it upon myself to take it for a test run.