AJ's Car of the Day: 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 V8

Car: Shelby Cobra 260 V8

Year: 1962

What makes it special: It was the very first year for the iconic sports car. The late Race Car Driver / Founder Carroll Shelby’s 1962 Cobra mated a classic aluminum roadster body with a tube space frame and a lightweight American V8 engine.

What made it famous: The Shelby Cobra’s donor chassis came from the British manufactured sports car known as the AC Ace. The Ace previously used the BMW 6-cylinder engine, but it was going out of production. Ford wanted a car that could compete with the Chevrolet Corvette and they had a brand new thin wall small block engine. Shelby used his Ford connections to swap-in their lightweight 260 Hi-Po V8 into the AC Ace, and the Cobra was born.

Why I would want one: It's the year that started it all. It's pure, raw automotive history. The founding father of the Cobra series. 

Fun fact: Recently, this UNRESTORED1962 Shelby Cobra 260 V8 ( pictured ) was sold at auction. It hammered down at just over $2 million.

Photo from hemmings.com