To celebrate 50 years since the Shelby Cobra made its mark on the FIA racing world, Shelby American has created a special limited-production Continuation Cobra called the CSX7000 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra. Limited to just 50 units, this commemorative model was unveiled today at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, and it pays homage to the car raced by legends like Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and Phil Hill.

Designed to mimic the design of the 1964 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra, the CSX7000 has the looks of a classic racer while utilizing modern materials and build processes that Shelby American says will make it the lightest Shelby Cobra ever at just 2,100 pounds. It isn't clear whether this weight is for the rolling chassis or if it includes the potential engine and transmission, but the car is still expected to benefit from an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Also, buyers will have the choice of fiberglass or aluminum for the Cobra's body, and while it's likely this lower weight is for the aluminum version, Shelby doesn't say exactly.

These commemorative Cobras are intended for owners to shoehorn their own small-block Ford engine into the car's engine bay – each car comes with a full exhaust system ready to bolt up to such an engine. Cars also come with billet anniversary badging, a fitted cover and an optional detachable steering wheel. Prices start at $94,995 for the fiberglass models and $159,995 for an aluminum body. Scroll down for full press release from Shelby American.
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SHELBY AMERICAN COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIA COBRA WITH SPECIAL EDITION CAR

Iconic Shelby FIA Cobra to be Celebrated

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 17, 2014 – In 1964, Shelby American, today a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) introduced the FIA version of the small block Cobra, which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series against marques like Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette. To celebrate the birth of the 289 Ford powered roadsters, Shelby American will offer 50 limited edition continuation (CSX7000) Shelby 289 FIA Cobras. Each will be painted "Viking Blue" with FIA stripes and roundels, feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options. The 50th Anniversary FIA Shelby Cobra will be introduced at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

"The 289 FIA Shelby Cobras were among the most important cars in American racing history," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "The FIA Cobras built during that period were piloted by racing legends including Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Thus, some of the most revered drivers in the sport put the 289 FIA Cobra into the winner's circle. Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight chassis was sheer brilliance. Shelby's formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide."

Shelby American built the 289 FIA Cobras for racing; modifications included a new dash, widened front and rear fenders, cut-back doors, new dampers, racing wheels featuring the pin-drive hub, oil cooler scoops and a competition spec 289 small block engine.

Today, the CSX7000 Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA's are component vehicles that can be fitted with a proper drive train by a customer or automotive professional. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a Shelby American issued MSO.

"Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality," added Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American. "With a small block V8 pushing only 2,100 lbs., it's the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy."

The Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA vehicles retain everything from the authentic style suspension to the graceful body lines, but are upgraded to contemporary standards. Shelby American uses modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fiberglass. The 50th Anniversary Edition also features a complete exhaust for a small block Ford V8, a special fitted car cover and optional detachable steering wheel.

"The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year," said Shelby Expert and SAAC Member Jeff Gagnon. "Shelby American took it to Ferrari, Corvette and other well-supplied, well-funded and established race teams and manufacturers. That was no small feat, even in those simpler times."

The 50th Anniversary CSX7000 FIA Continuation Cobra will begin at $94,995 for a fiberglass or $159,995 for an aluminum bodied car, excluding drive train. Each will be documented in our 'World Registry' by Shelby American. Cobras can be purchased through a network of Shelby American Cobra dealers. Information about options and availability can be found at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50fia.asp


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      Chance Hales
      • 11 Months Ago
      As a former employee of Kirkham Motorsports who happens to be their aluminum body supplier that weight would include the drivetrain. Their 427 cars weigh in at about 2200lbs with an engine and transmission.
      Herman
      • 11 Months Ago
      Much rather drive an original AC Bristol over this garish American Red Neck aftermarket kit car.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Herman
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      teapotdome
      • 11 Months Ago
      Enough, already. Another "continuation" series? Really? Just sounds like the folks at Shelby American and Barrett-Jackson want to milk more cash out of this tired Sixties cliche. Let it go, folks. Fifty years of automotive progress is a long, long time. Cobras are wonderful cars, but nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Now, it's just ringing the cash register... I believe I'd just rather have that new Z06, thank you very much.
        harold
        • 11 Months Ago
        @teapotdome
        You just don't get it. Eat your bagel and shut up. Chevy engines do not belong in a cobra!!
      marv.shocker
      • 11 Months Ago
      $159,000 for a rolling chassis? Um, no...
        Chance Hales
        • 11 Months Ago
        @marv.shocker
        Keep in mind these are hand built EXACT reproductions of the original cars. Nobody else with the exception of Kirkham Motorsports, builds a better Cobra. All the other replicas are far less money for a reason. Not saying they are bad, just saying they are built very differently. If you want accuracy and originality, you want one of these.
          michael white
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Chance Hales
          It's not a kit and it's not a reproduction. It's an original piece.
      Lee Elliott
      • 11 Months Ago
      Anyone who wants to bastardize a true legend with it's inherent sound by dropping a Chevy motor into a Cobra deserves to be summarily shot by a firing squad.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wonder which engine is lighter- a Ford 5.0 with aluminum heads, or an all aluminum LS Chevy engine? Anyone know?
        jonnybimmer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        From what I've seen, the LS7 crate weighs 454lbs whereas the Coyote crate weighs 444 lbs, so the Chevy weighs a little more but then again it puts out 100 more hp. Typically if I were dropping a V8 into a car (E36, S13, etc.) I'd automatically opt for the LS simply because it's compact and has been done many times before, meaning there's lots of support for such swaps. However, the Cobra and De Tomaso Pantera are cars I feel always deserve a Ford block.
          jonnybimmer
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Actually just found the smaller LS3 should weight around 415lbs, so it's even lighter than the Coyote while being more compact and delivering about the same figures at a cheaper price (and a lot better than the LS7's $17k pricetag). Still wouldn't drop one in a Cobra though, even if it is just a kit car.
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