When there is a vehicle sale, it can, on occasion, be very unique. On the other hand, when we talk about Ford Shelby Cobra concept 2004, we are in another league.
Everything that bears the name Cobra sells for a high price. This is all the more the case when it comes to a unique product, the one that everyone knows but which is considered as the forbidden fruit. Well, that fruit just fell off the tree, the Concept Ford Shelby Cobra 2004.
Despite the reception of Cobra enthusiasts and their request to produce it, Ford never decided to relaunch the product. The racing car we see today never officially entered production. On the other hand, there was indeed a vehicle, and it is precisely this one which will be under the hammer of auctioneer Mecum, in August.
Its story is just as unique. Ford didn’t just play the retro card, we actually recreated a Cobra worthy of the name. To give ourselves the best possible chance of arriving at the ultimate Cobra reincarnation, none other than Carroll Shelby himself was asked to work on the development project. Since he was the father of the Cobra, no one was in a better position than him to ensure that the legacy was upheld.
Known internally as “Daisy”, it was built almost from zero. Fortunately, Ford launched in the same years another legend, the GT, a car that Carroll Shelby knows elsewhere. particularly well. We therefore recovered some elements of the aluminum structure as well as the suspension elements.
Under the inverted hood, Ford engineers slipped in a thunderous 6.4-liter V10 good for an impressive 605 horsepower. True to Shelby’s values, power was sent to the rear wheels, BBS, through a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission. In terms of braking, it was the Brembo supplier who designed the components.
In addition to all the notion of development by Shelby, the uniqueness of the car, its performance, the fact that it is fully functional and approved for the road makes this concept worth its weight in gold. On the other hand, what is likely to raise the ante even more is the fact that Carroll Shelby himself drove this concept for nearly 250 kilometers on the track of Irwindale, Calif., During its media launch. .
We don’t want to make a prediction, but there’s a good chance the current owner, Chris Theodore, will secure his retirement plan by selling it. Well, let’s not forget that Thedore was also the ex-vice president of product development for Ford, right around the time the Ford Shelby Cobra concept was being created.