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The Legenadary '66 Shelby Cobra

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Topics:  Shelby Cobra

The Legenadary '66 Shelby Cobra

William Jason
SubmitYOURArticle.com
January 14, 2011

William Jason
http://musclecarmonster.com

The Shelby Cobra is an American vehicle that was famous for its power, boasting 800 horsepower. It was the ultimate sports car in its era and may have been one of the best designs in centuries. Created to be the fastest and the meanest car around, this sports car created a sandstorm by hitting 0-60 miles per hour in just 3 seconds. Also sporting a V8 engine, what more could you ask for? Well, it did have its drawbacks, when it came to fuel efficiency as the V8 engine would soak up gas like a vacuum.

The Shelby Cobra was built with an automatic transmission instead of a manual one. If you were into all power and rubber, you would naturally choose the manual transmission, but this is what the Shelby was known for - great power and speed. What made the Shelby all the more enticing to car aficionados is its lightweight body. Compare it with the heavier Mustangs and the Shelby was much lighter.

In the latter part of the 60s, there were no imposed speed limits so most of the owners of the Shelby Cobra really enjoyed plowing through the asphalt as if there was no tomorrow. This truly was one of the most powerful cars you could buy at the time. However, new laws designed to protect the environment, rising gas prices, and higher insurance costs were the beginning of the end for all true muscle cars.

Today, If you mention the Shelby to any true muscle car fanatic, you will get an instant reaction of reverence and awe. I have yet to come across anyone who is knowledgeable about muscle cars, that has a bad word to say about it. This is why, in my opinion, this is indeed the best racing car of all time and no sports car built today can truly come close to touching it.

To give you an idea of how valuable this car is, on a recent episode of the popular TV show "Pawn Stars" the owners of the pawn shop bough a '66 Shelby frame for $30,000. They then had someone restore the vehicle and it cost them close to $100,000 to have it done, because the parts are so rare and hard to find. The incredible thing about it all, is that the pawn shop owners were able to actually make money off this this vehicle and sold it for a $50,000 profit.

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William Jason has admired classic cars ever since he was a young child and you can read his blog at: http://musclecarmonster.com/

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