1965 Shelby Cobra 1160 Miles White / Black 427ci V8 Automatic
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Please call or email us today for more information. Like many British manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace two-seater roadster. This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminium body panels that were made using English wheeling machines.
Ford provided Shelby with two engines. During the testing phase of the Cobra, Jack Sears had reached a mighty 185mph on the M1 nearby Watford Gap on June 11th, 1964. This caused the UK’s government to introduce the 70mph speed limit to the motorway in 1965, as there were no speed limits during Sears’ run.
The engine was a pre-World War II design by BMW which by the 1960s was considered dated. In 1961 Bristol decided to cease production of its engine. In September 1961, American retired race car driver and automotive designer Carroll Shelby wrote to AC asking if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine.
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