Among the many aspirations of Carroll Shelby later in his life was to build a modern Cobra. With the original AC-based sports car having become a valuable classic—in spite of the ready availability of far more affordable knockoffs—Shelby felt the new millenium held promise for a Cobra revival. The famed automotive designer teamed up with Ford to develop a fully functional prototype and announced their collaboration at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Ford Shelby Cobra Concept would make its debut months later at the 2004 North American International Auto Show.
Chris Theodore, former Ford Vice President of Product Development, and J Mays, Group Vice President of Product Design in collaboration with Carroll Shelby, took charge of the design and build. Given the code name “Daisy,” the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept came to fruition in 2004 and debuted at the Detroit Auto Show that same year. Now 17 years later, the one-off concept will be crossing the auction block for the first time and is heading to Mecum Auctions in August.
An all-aluminum space frame chassis underpins the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept along with a bespoke billet aluminum front structure. The independent front and rear suspension components are from a Ford GT, and it comes equipped with Brembo cross-drilled and ventilated discs with four-piston monoblock calipers. This one-of-a-kind sports car is finished in Tungsten Grey and rides on unique seven-spoke BBS billet wheels sporting custom BFGoodrich racing tires. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.