Everyone knows the Shelby Cobra as a performance icon of the 1960s. The car has such tremendous appeal that it’s still being manufactured, both by Shelby American and by about a dozen other companies. Kit car Cobras can be had at a variety of price points, and the replica cars themselves range from the truly hideous to the reasonably authentic. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for, and good replicas cost nearly as much as the continuation series put out by Shelby American.
If you’ve always wanted a Cobra that you can drive (and not just display in a museum), your best bet is one of Shelby’s CSX8000 series cars. The cars closely resemble their ancestors, but are fitted with modern brakes, a stronger frame and upgraded amenities. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, Shelby American is building a limited run of 50 cars, all painted “Shelby Black” and equipped with a leather interior, Wilton wool carpeting, anniversary badging, wire wheels and a commemorative serial number plate. Customers can opt for a fiberglass body or for an aluminum body if their bank account is big enough.
Sold as rollers (minus the engine and transmission), fiberglass bodied 50th Anniversary cars will start at $69,995, with the aluminum bodied cars starting at $134,995. That’s not inexpensive, especially when you factor in the additional twenty or thirty thousand it will cost for a built motor and stout transmission (sure, you could just drop a crate Coyote 5.0 liter V8 into it, but that’s not what a Cobra is about). On the other hand, these continuation Cobras stand a reasonable chance of appreciating in value over the years, where replicas won’t. Is that worth the higher price of admission? I suppose that depends on your perspective and the size of your bank account.