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Cobra: The First 40 YearsTrevor Legate
289 x 290mm (landscape)
300 colour/b&w photographs
Hardback with dust jacket
The legendary Shelby AC Cobra was the result of an unlikely collaboration between American race driver Carroll Shelby, the Ford Motor Company and AC Cars Ltd.
In the USA, Shelby American developed the Ford-powered Cobra into a race winner with the help of designers, mechanics and drivers such as Pete Brock, Phil Remington and Ken Miles. Thanks to their input, the Cobra team won the FIA World GT Championship in 1965 with its Daytona Cobra coupe, driven by people such as Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant. In the UK, the Cobra achieved fame when it raced at the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours where, managed by Stirling Moss, it won the GT class.
The Cobra soon became a byword for high performance motoring. Both AC Cars and Carroll Shelby ceased production of the car in the 1960s, before the kit-car market helped revive interest in the car with the result that both AC and Shelby re-launched their own modern version of the Shelby Cobra and AC Cobra.
Cobra authority Trevor Legate continues his research into the history of Shelby American and AC Cars to unearth new photographs and information about the iconic Cobra. This substantial work shows the Cobra on the road and track at world famous circuits such as Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Nurburgring, Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Not only does it bring the complex Cobra story up to date, but also reproduces the official AC Cars Chassis Registry in its entirety, listing every Cobra built between 1962 and 1968.
Gold Award for Cobra! We are proud to announce that Cobra: The First 40 Years received a Gold Award at the 2006 International Automotive Media Awards, held in the USA.
WOW!!! I'd give it 10 stars, if I could. Great book for any Ford or Cobra enthusiast. A MUST HAVE for them.
Review by: David P. "ROUSHAC",
An excellent book on all things Cobra.
I have a large collection of books relating to the history of the Shelby Cobra, and this is one of the best, most complete of the various books out there. Excellent photography as well from an author who is passionate about he subject matter.
Review by: Charlie A. Terry,
Cobra: The First 40 Years boasts 288 pages, 90,000 words and 300 well-reproduced photos, so it certainly has the stats to back up the 60-quid price tag. In a brave move, author Trevor Legate has branched out beyond the well-trodden Shelby story to include the cars built by Autokraft and, more controversially, the various kit-cars and other replicas that have been spawned over the years. There's a lot in this book to be proud of, from the clear and fluidly written text to the large number of beautiful period pics. If the mix appeals to you, it may well be your 'ultimate' Cobra book.
Review by: Octane Magazine,
Countless books have been written about the Cobra, but the sumptuous photography in this one immediately seduces you into wanting it for your collection. Cobra expert Trevor Legate gives a comprehensive overview of the car's story, tracing AC's development from the early 1900s to the end of Cobra production in 1968. There is a section dedicated to Carroll Shelby's racing career and chapters also chart the history of prominent cars with magnificent contemporary and period photographs.
Review by: Classic Cars Magazine,
Cobra: The First 40 Years is a great book for those who are obsessed with Cobras. Theres a lot of great images and information. It is the best book about Cobras so far.
Review by: BB "Bnbucci21",