The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars

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With a Ford 289 V8 in place of the original 260, the early Shelby Cobra was nearly unbeatable on the SCCA circuit. In fact, it lost only once to Chevrolet's new Z06 Corvette. It broke an axle hub and couldn't continue. It was dominating when that happened. Catching a Cobra during the '60s was like...well, um...catching a Cobra during the '60s. You hoped one didn't show up to a race or some freak accident caused a DNF. Or the driver couldn't control the thing – that was easily a possibility. Believe it or not, although created as a promotional piece for the Cobra at Carroll Shelby's request, the Rip Chords' "Hey, Little Cobra" wasn't off the mark. Photo: David Newhardt.

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