Shelby Cobra Gasser Looks Like a HEMI Vessel

Shelby Cobra Gasser rendering 4 photos
Photo: abimelecdesign/instagram
Shelby Cobra Gasser renderingShelby Cobra Gasser renderingShelby Cobra Gasser rendering
Now that the Ford v Ferrari movie has brought the late Caroll Shelby even more attention than before, among others, we can talk about a Cobra that's extremely different from the ones the Texan gear head built back in the day.
Now, before we dive any deeper into this tale, I need to point that that we're dealing with a set of renderings here. However, purists might have a thing or two to worry about, since the comments section of the Instagram post showcasing the adventure is loaded with this needs to become a build thoughts.

The digital project sitting before us sees the Cobra being given a gasser conversion. This is a drag racing class that came to be in the 50s and played on the prepped surface throughout the following decade. Unlike race fuel guzzlers, these toys ran on gas. The genre features exhaust pipes that leave the car at the front, while they came with lifted front axles that would help them deal with the weight transfer that takes place at the starting line.

And the engine compartment of the American toy has left its original Ford V8 behind. Instead, the bay is now occupied by a powerplant coming from a rival faction. We're talking about a HEMI lifted from an Imperial (this was Chrysler's luxury brand between 1955 and 1975, as well as between 1981 and 1983). And the massive blower sitting on top of the engine makes sure the go matches the show.

Note that other gasser traits include the flake paint job, as well as the "Viper" nickname you can see on the machine.

Abimelec Arelano, the digital artist who brought us these renderings, went through the effort of adding a certain grain to the images, so we can imagine this Cobra Gasser as it would've been seen back in the day.

View this post on Instagram

Its no secret that I love Gassers, I think they’re the coolest form of race cars, with their silly names, flake paint jobs and all. I always wanted to do a Cobra Gasser, but it had to be somewhat special right? Decided to drop a HEMI in it, a 392 off an Imperial with the cool “Firepower” script on the heads, some flake blue paint and what I think its a very appropriate name: Viper! Imagine its April of 1969, spring weather is perfect as usual and you’re at Auto Club raceway in Pomona, California. You’re about to go down the strip in your Chevy-powered Ford ‘32 and this rich kid pulls up to a side in this brand-spanking new Cobra with a blown HEMI in it. It sounds menacing, but he might screw the launch, Right? . . . . . . . . #shelby #ac #cobra #427 #392 #hemi #ford #chrysler #mopar #imperial #blown #blower #metal #flake #blue #paint #gasser #straight #axle #roadster #v8 #america #pomona #california #hotrod #3d #render

A post shared by Abimelec Arellano (@abimelecdesign) on Dec 12, 2019 at 8:22am PST

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Andrei Tutu
Andrei Tutu profile photo

In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories