The Shelby Cobra has become legendary in American Automobile History. And like with any legend, fact from fiction starts to become blurry. So it’s time to set the record straight. I like many thought there weren’t that many cobra’s made yet there were from February 1962 to March 1967 1,011 Cobra’s to roll off the assembly line. The first Cobra prototype was actually build at AC Cars in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England in 1962 with the serial number of CSX2000. It was tested and with the engine and transmission removed sent to Carroll Shelby in Los Angeles. Then starting in 1963 the Cobra started being tested in what most Americans consider the first true test of performance, the 0-60 time.
Here are some key Cobra 0-60 times through it’s 53 year history.
- 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX2000 convertible: 4.9
- 1963 Shelby Cobra MK11 convertible: 5.7
- 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: 3.9
- 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 convertible: 5.8
- 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C convertible: 4.5
- 1966 Shelby Cobra convertible: 5.1
- 1992 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C convertible: 4.7