Cobra

Robb Design Portfolio: Number One Son

No sports car asserts the spirit of the American hot-rodder more clearly than Carroll Shelby’s original AC Cobra. Born in an era when brute power and handling finesse were mutually exclusive objectives, this lightweight, aluminum British roadster with a potent Ford V-8 engine achieved both, proving formidable on the street and track. In 1962, Shelby […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Snake Charmer

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 The Shelby Cobra is one of the most copied cars of all time; each year, enthusiasts produce Cobra knockoffs in quantities greater than the 998 original autos that American racer Carroll Shelby built between 1962 and 1967. Ironically, the Cobra itself was a virtual replica of Ferrari’s 166 MM Barchetta. The […]

Autos: Royal Treatment

Forty years ago, former racecar driver Carroll Shelby caught wind that General Motors was just weeks away from unveiling a King of the Road edition of the Chevrolet Corvette. “The brochures were already printed,” recalls Shelby, whose Cobra competed with the Corvette both on the track and in dealer showrooms. “I immediately called my attorney […]