As promised earlier, here are the Cobras from the Miller Motorsports museum. My apologies as I took all of these photos with an ipotato and was in a rush since we only had a few minutes to look over these beauties before embarking on a full day of flogging Ford Focus and Fiesta ST's. By the end of the day the museum was closed and we still had some karting to attend to! I missed quite a few important cars but all in all it was a great day. By all means if you are ever in the Salt Lake City area go check this out. You will not be disappointed with all of the rare cars inside!
This (red #16) is the first production Cobra CSX, chassis name CSX 2002. Built in 1962 in the industrial back streets of Venice, California by a group of hot rodders and a retired road racing champion by the name of Carroll Shelby. This car began the legend of the Cobra with the simple formula of a huge powerplant partnered with a lightweight chassis. The Cobra was built with the latest Ford 260 cubic inch high performance V8 engine shoved into a modified aluminum bodied English AC roadster.
The 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C. This is one of 31 cars converted to the S/C variation. Carroll Shelby installed a 427 cubic inch engine into the standard Cobra chassis with the intention of being a semi-competition vehicle.
Hat tip to 6shelBfan6 for mentioning the next two, the Cobra Dragon Snake and SFM5R535 1965 Shelby GT350R.
Chassis SFM5R535 is the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R. Ford asked Shelby to make a high-performance street version of the Mustang. This 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang is an original R-Model and the 35th of 36 pure racing GT350s built. Chassis SFM5R535 was sold to Peruvian racer Benito Lores and when the engine was damaged in 1967 it was stored for a decade, then sold and repaired. It stayed in Peru until 1984 when it was sold to an American collector. The chassis was brought back to the United States for restoration and acquired by Miller Motorsports in 2005 where it is currently housed.
Chassis CSX 2357 was one of only eight Dragon Snakes that were produced by Shelby American. This chassis was one of two factory-prepared Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes, with the other six ordered by private teams. The Dragon Snake was built exclusively as a ¼-mile drag car and was delivered NHRA-spec ready.
This is the factory team Sebring Roadster for 1963, chassis name CSX 2128. This was the first of the Cobras to use rack and pinion steering and the 289 engine. This car raced from March through July of 1963 and was then sold. It was so successful, however, that Shelby American bought it back and used it for the 1964 season.
This chassis is among one of my personal favorites. This is the 1963 factory team 289 Cobra used at Le Mans. Chassis name CSX 2138 was one of three specially built for racing at Le Mans, this particular chassis is the only Cobra Le Mans to have raced with a hard top at Le Mans. It was also raced as an independent racer.
This is chassis CSX 2155, a 1963 289 Cobra Le Mans replica. This was one of three Le Mans replica chassis built exclusively for independent customers. This Cobra was built in late 1963 to FIA specifications and has larger front fender vents and a different dash than its predecessors. It was originally owned by Thomas Mellon Hitchcock III, who came from a wealthy family and co-drove this car along with Prince Zourab Tchkotoua of Thailand in several events including 14th overall at Sebring in 1964.
Chassis CSX 2488, a Shelby Factory Team Cobra for 1964. This was raced under the factory Cobra team colors from 1964 through 1966 and then loaned to Universal Studios for the movie Redline 7000. It was then sold to a private owner who promptly damaged the front end in an accident. It sat in storage for almost 30 years until it was purchased by Dan Gerber (an original Cobra factory driver) in 2000 and restored to its original condition as it is shown today.
1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe, chassis CSX 2299. At the end of the 1963 season Shelby American realized that they needed better aerodynamics to keep up with the Ferrari 250 GTO. Pete Brock suggested the coupe design, and it went on to be the first American built FIA GT World Champion. This particular chassis was the second coupe built and competed in ten FIA races between 1964 and 1965, winning the 1964 Le Mans GT class with Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant and finished second in the 1965 Le Mans race with Jack Sears and Dick Thompson at the helm. It also won the 24 hour race at Daytona in 1965 and at Sebring in that year. Overall, this chassis won four GT races and finished second three times.