2012 SEMA: 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX2000 [Live Photos]
Carroll Shelby is gone, but at least we can remember him by his work. This 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX200 is the epitome of all his motor racing ideas combined, combining big horsepower engines with inspired engineering.
This is one of the very first Cobras ever, a CSX2000 still using its original 260 cubic inch Ford V8 racing motor coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. Even after 50 years since it was built, it’s got the original wire wheels and UK-built Goodyera Motorway Special tires.
This very car was recorded in 1962 as having a 0 to 60 mph acceleration of 4.2 seconds. On the back straight of the Riverside International Raceway, it reached its top speed of 153 mph.
A fun little fact for you, this is the only Cobra to have inboard rear disc brakes, which reduce unsprung weight but make changing the brakes during races a lot trickier.
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