The first ever AC Cobra, the Carroll Shelby creation that revolutionised the sports car market, is to be sold after remaining in the family’s ownership since it was built in 1962. Shelby, a US racing driver turned entrepreneur, took a pretty British sports car, the AC Ace, and added a powerful Ford V8. The result was a fearsomely fast car that dominated racetracks and terrified road testers.
He added: “Had Carroll Shelby never decided to squeeze that high performance V-8 into its engine bay, there would be no Cobra and certainly no Shelby American, nor GT40, nor the others that followed. The automotive landscape and sports cars as we know them would be very different.”