The Ford Shelby Cobra Concept debuted at the 2004 North American International Auto Show as a modern iteration of the original 1962 Shelby Cobra. The concept car was created during the year of the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company back in 2003. The 2004 model year was also the time that Ford revitalized the legendary Ford GT40 race car into the road-going Ford GT. The timeline here is important because the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept features design elements and engineering from the first generation Ford GT. The one of a kind car will be up for auction at the upcoming 2021 Monterey Car Week in August.
Shelby Cobra Concept Has Ford GT Bits
Although some Ford enthusiasts might consider giving a Shelby-named car anything but a proper 427 V8 to be sacrilegious, the engine inside the Shelby Cobra Concept is quite cool. The fully aluminum 6.4L V10 found under the hood was an experimental engine designed in-house by Ford. It makes an impressive 605 horsepower which is controlled through the same Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission found in the Ford GT. The easily-recognizable velocity-stack intakes are a nod to the original Shelby Cobras.
Other shared parts include the entire aluminum chassis, the massive Brembo brakes, the dry-sump lubrication system, and the steering rack. You’ll notice that even the steering wheel and gear-shifter look almost identical to the ones found in the GT. The concept car doesn’t come with any unnecessary bells and whistles, just like the original Shelby Cobras. The focus of the car is to be completely on the driver, hence why there isn’t even an AC unit or a radio.
“Daisy” Will Fetch A Pretty Penny
The Ford Shelby Cobra Concept – internally nicknamed “Daisy” – is being offered for sale by the former Vice President of Product Development at Ford, Chris Theodore. Theodore bought the car back in 2017 at a charity auction for $825,000. Four years later, the Cobra Concept is expected to exceed that price at the Mecum Auction during the upcoming 2021 Monterey Car Week. The fact that it’s a unique 1 of 1 engineered in a modern style based on the same idea that Carroll Shelby had back in 1962, makes the car completely worth the cash.