1965 Shelby Cobra 427
It’s the classic recipe for insane performance, cram a giant engine into a tiny car and hang on tight. That’s exactly what the late Carroll Shelby did back in 1965 when he cooked up the legendary 427 Cobra.
Perhaps by trial and error, Ford’s monster 7.0-liter V8 was eventually stuffed under the hood a tiny British sports car, the AC Ace. Earlier models used smaller engines including Dearborn’s 260 and 289 units. But with a thunderous 427 ahead of the firewall the resultant Anglo-American mutant was a superstar.
How do you judge the success of popular performance car? Well, one metric is the aftermarket. Reproduction Cobras are legion, original ones prohibitively expensive.