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9 carbon-bodied Cobras being built

Classic Recreations offers updated version of the 1965 racers


Officially licensed Shelby continuation-car producer, Dallas-based Classic Recreations, has announced production of 1965 carbon-fiber bodied CSX Shelby Cobra race cars. 

“The full carbon-fiber body is an extension of Carroll Shelby’s vision and follows the company’s wildly received 1967 carbon-fiber bodied GT500CR Mustang which was released in early 2021,” Classic Recreations said in its announcement. 

“Only 10 of the new Shelby Cobra race cars, dubbed the ‘Diamond Edition’ in honor of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary, will be produced.”

Classic Recreations said the cars, with carbon coachwork weighing only 88 pounds including floors and doors, have been granted serial numbers CSX4521 through CSX4530 by Shelby Licensing.

What Classic Recreations has achieved with their carbon-fiber program is the continuation of a dream Carroll Shelby himself envisioned for the future,” Shelby American president Gary Patterson is quoted. 

“Classic Recreation’s has been a licensee of Carroll Shelby Licensing for over 15 years and each year they continue to innovate and push the envelope just like Carroll did himself,” added Neil Cummings, chief executive of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc.

“A dream of Carroll’s was always to place the highest horsepower engine possible in the lightest, most agile car imaginable and it is our honor to have met that challenge,” Classic Recreations founder Jason Engel is quoted in the company’s announcement.

Classic Recreations noted that the cars will feature updated technology and extended cabins with more legroom. They will be powered by a Ford Performance Gen 3 Coyote engine rated at more than 800 horsepower when connected to an optional VMP supercharger. The cars also will have independent rear suspension, T56 Magnum Tremec transmissions, and 6-piston Wilwood brakes.

Base pricing starts at $1.2 million.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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