Since the company was truly forged from the fires of competition,
the Shelby executive team had a flash of inspiration in 2001. They
envisioned a new racing series built around the CSX4000-series
Cobras, built at Shelby's Las Vegas facility. These spec racers
would be identically prepared and raced by an all-star list of
veteran drivers, including Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bob Bondurant,
and more. The Cobras would be owned by individuals who would pay
for the cars upfront and take delivery after the racing season,
possessing Shelby Cobras with fresh-from-the-track racing
provenance and also perfectly prepped for SCCA competition.
The Shelby Cobra Challenge Senior Racing Series was announced as a
support series for CART, scheduled to kick-off for the 2002 season.
Sometimes, however, even great ideas can't catch a break. As things
turned out, the series never took the green flag. But a handful of
these special Cobras were built. CSX4257 is one of those amazing
Dressed in black and sporting the number 99, Hillbank purchased the
car from the original owner. The new owner of this Shelby Cobra
will find many opportunities for inspiration thanks to the NASCAR
358ci road racing V8 engine by Roush Yates under the hood. A unique
chapter of Shelby's racing history and pure performance come
together in this special Challenge Cobra.
This is a competition race car that is sold on MSO and is available
1965 AC Cobra
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