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Some Kind of Monster: V12-Powered Cobra

Back in 1962, Carroll Shelby took a bunch of British AC Ace sportscars and stuffed them with Ford V8 engine. The musclecar that resulted from this experiment became a great success, with Shelby Cobra vehicles being quite sought after, rare and expensive nowadays.
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In popular culture, Shelby Cobra is synonymous with V8 power. Forget them V6 engines and don’t you dare mention four-potters (even if they’re turbocharged). But how about V12 mills? Ever thought about such contraption? Well, Magnus Jinstrand did and he actually built his own interpretation of the Cobra using a Mercedes-Benz-source V12 engine. No joke, honest!

According to Speed Hunters, the Cobra depicted below is motivated by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, that used to power a 2001 CL600 (although our Mercedes-Benz expert says it’s actually a 5.8-liter), which was topped by a Lyshom 3500 twin-screw supercharger for 492 HP to the wheels and around 600 HP at the crank.

Besides being a monstrous gas-guzzler, this V12 Cobra is also an aggressive looking car, one Carroll Shelby himself would have been proud of. And yes, the vehicle was fitted with a rear diffuser and a rear wing, two parts we never though we’d see on a Cobra.

Scroll below for more photos and check out Speed Hunters for more details on this unique vehicle.

 
 
 
 
 

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