John Webber
John Webber
3/9/20 9:04 a.m.

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Classic Motosports. Some information and prices may be different today.]

Story by John Webber • Photography as Credited

It’s Shelby’s 50th anniversary celebration, and the Monterey Peninsula is crammed with Cobras. Necks snap as slack-jawed car buffs try to catch them all. The familiar Ford rumble–backed by solid lifter music–echoes through the streets. A whiff of unburned gas spices the air. 

From the show in Carmel-by-the-Sea to the historic races at Laguna Seca, and from the giant auction tents to the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach, Shelby fanatics are tripping over big-block, small-block, Weber-equipped, and wire-wheeled Cobras. It’s like they’ve died and gone to heaven.

Folks are saying they haven’t seen this many Cobras in one place since ... Then they pause, shake their heads, and admit they’ve never seen this many in one place. Entranced, they shuffle off to snap another picture. 

On the Tour d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Concours entrants are exercising their 100-point, museum-quality, triple-chromed beauties along the scenic coastline, and they’re all having a grand time. But Billy Weaver–driving his 1964 Cobra that has never seen the inside of a restoration shop and is showing a little honest wear–is having just as much fun. This no-excuses original has clocked fewer than 9300 miles since it left Shelby’s tiny assembly operation on Princeton Avenue in Venice 49 years ago.

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