Author, Glen Smale, Hardbound, 156 Pages, ISBN: 9780857337863, 1st Edition, September 2015
- An insight into owning, racing and maintaining Carroll Shelby's legendary Anglo-American sporting racing car
The legendary AC Cobra is one of the world's ultimate no-compromise sports cars. Originally derived from the PC Ace, the brutal Cobra was the result of Carroll Shelby's dream to combine British chassis expertise with the easily avatable power of a large-capacity American V8 engine. The AC Cobra was produced by Shelby in both roadgoing and competition versions, and this manual looks at both, with an emphasis on the racing cars.
Cobras competed in both Europe and US, and the six wars from 1962 to 1967, during which the Cobra was competitive on the international scene, were characterised by intense battles between the Shelby-prepared Cobras aid various Ferraris. The Daytona Coupe Cobras lifted the World GT Championship in 1965, beating Ferrari to the title.
Over fifty years on from its debut, this much-imitated car is revered the world over and original examples have become highly sought-after.
This in-depth manual, illustrated with numerous period and modern-day photographs, provides a fascinating insight into vvhat makes the AC Cobra one of today's most desirable and valuable classic sports cars.
• The AC Cobra story - brief history of AC Ace and elby, design, evolution and racing career
• Anatomy of the AC Cobra - body, engine,transmission,steering and suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres, interior and electrics.
• The engineer's view - running a Cobra in period and today. race preparation and maintenance.
• The owner's view - living with a Cobra on the road and track, provenance, values and obtaining a Cobra.
• The driver's view - racing reminiscences from Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Jack Sears and Allen Grant, plus modem-day racers including Darren Turner.
• The Daytona Coupes - details of all six Daytona Coupes built, 50 years on from their victory in the 1965 World GT Championship.