” This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra is a pristine example of the earlier Cobras, the car you see here was just the 23rd one ever made, meaning it was originally fitted with the somewhat rare 260 cubic inch V8 (as were the other 75 Cobras that were first off the production line).
At some point a little later in the 1960s the original owner of this car had the engine replaced with the 289 cubic inch unit that was fitted to all of the other Cobras produced between 1963 and 1965, it’s likely that the first owner opted for the change due to the additional power offered by the larger engine, not to mention the fact that it was far less expensive to maintain due to its use in the hugely popular Ford Mustang.
As with all of the first Shelby Cobras this car features the space-frame chassis and aluminium bodywork that was being hand-rolled on wheeling machines in England. This individualised approach left many of the first Cobras with their own, slightly unique shape that often differed slightly from the left to the right. ”
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