Because Carroll Shelby never met a dollar bill he didn’t like (even in the afterlife), Shelby American is building a limited run of 50 “continuation cars” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the big-block Cobra.
Like past continuation models, the 50th Anniversary models will be sold as engineless rolling chassis and come with a 1965 manufacturer’s statement of origin, with original Shelby serial numbers ranging from CSX4500 to CSX4599. And as with past continuation cars, 50th Anniversary Cobras will be documented in the Shelby World Registry.
Motor Trend reports that all 50 will wear the classic Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes configuration while the cabin will be adorned in black leather. However, there will be several modern updates that don’t compromise the original, such as a powder-coated frame, 23-gallon fuel tank, and custom gauges. The Shelby Engine Company is also working on an optional engine package if you don’t want to build your own (although we hope you use Ford FE power if you do).
Pricing for the Shelby Cobra 427 50th Anniversary continuation model will start at $119,995 for a fiberglass body and $179,995 for an aluminum one. Shelby built just 343 original big block Cobras back in the day, and they cost many times what the 50th Anniversary will cost, so if there ever was a real, budget-minded Cobra, this is it.