Words by Matt Willis
As most of us in the automotive community know, one of the biggest headlines last year was the passing of Carroll Shelby on May 10, 2012. Even if you’re not part of the community, chances are you know who Carroll was and what he meant to motorsports and enthusiasts all around the world. His involvement with the AC Cobra and the GT40 brought renowned success to Ford on the international circuits. He helped design some of their most iconic vehicles, such as the GT350 and GT500 Mustangs – both classic and late model – as well as the revised Ford GT in 2003. For many years, Shelby and his cars have been thought of as nothing short of extraordinary.
So, this past weekend, a little meet & show at the Shelby HQ in Gardena, CA, was held on the 1-year anniversary of Shelby’s passing. I met up with Mel on Saturday morning, prior to our trip to Extreme Autofest later in the day…
Bronze finished Cobra that was absolutely remarkable. I’m normally not a fan of mirror-like finishes, but the slight brown/gold tint that this had made it so much more appealing than just polished chrome. The brushed metal color-matched racing stripes and matching exhaust were awesome little details.
If you’ve followed us over the last year or so, we’ve come up with this obnoxious trend of taking pictures of ourselves in reflections. It’s formally and technically called a “selfie”, and we sometimes make a point to find unique or new surfaces to shoot against.
This was probably one of the most impressionable cars there. It’s one of the last 289-equipped Cobra’s ever made, belonging to Carroll Shelby himself. The unique part about this car is that was also equipped with an automatic transmission.
It was great to see such a presence at the meet and to see so many beautiful and historical cars. Carroll would have been proud.
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