John Webber
John Webber
6/25/20 9:28 a.m.

[Editor's note: This article originally ran in the September 2019 issue of Classic Motorsports. Some information and prices may be different today.]

Story and photography by John Webber

Contrary to popular opinion, you can go back. Yessir, in 2019—more than half a century after Carroll Shelby unleashed two of his most storied creations on the driving public—you can buy a new/old Shelby GT350 as well as a new/old slab-side, small-block-Ford-powered Cobra.

Full disclosure: Time travel does not come cheap. More about that later.

The ’60s reincarnations you see here share Shelby DNA in their lineage, are licensed by Shelby (and listed as continuation cars in their respective registries), and are an absolute blast to drive, but that’s where their similarity ends

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sfisher71
sfisher71 New Reader
7/5/20 5:47 p.m.

Excellent article. I had the pleasure of interviewing Chic and Cris Vandagriff in the late '80s for a feature about their CP Big Healey which dominated Sixties SCCA racing. At the time, they had an original 427 Cobra (with a genuine CSX number les than 3360), but even then it was too valuable to drive in L.A. traffic. So they bought the best replica they could find -- can't remember which manufacturer, but it was some time before the term "continuation car" had escaped to the wild. Their point was that the reproduction gave exactly the same sensations as the original, but at about a tenth the price, meaning the possibility of a door ding or loose shopping cart, while still stressful, wasn't going to damage something irreplaceable.

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