The impetus and development of the Shelby continuation series of Cobras arose from Carroll Shelby’s frustration with the growing replica industry which was monetizing his success by duplicating the car from which he made a household name in the mid-sixties.
Initially, the fiberglass bodies were supplied by SPF who, at that time, had experienced tremendous success in marketing a “turn-key minus” version of the 427 S/C. Kirkham would later supply Shelby American with aluminum bodies, but the fiberglass bodies proved to be the norm in 1998.
This Shelby Cobra is finished in Guardsman Blue. The 5-digit odometer indicates 445 miles.
Power comes from a 427ci FE ci side-oiler and features an aluminum block. Compression is 9:5:1, and the intake is a dual plane with a Holley 3310 carburetor. Power is sent through the wheels through a Ford Toploader 4-speed mated to a 3:54 Shelby differential (aluminum housing).
Black leather seats are equipped with a Simpson 5-point harness for the driver. Smith gauges complete the interior layout.
The front suspension is four-wheel independent with dual A-arm and coil-over shocks. The battery is mounted in the trunk and a 23-gallon fuel cell is fitted. The 15″ Trigo pin-drive wheels measure 8″ in width up front and 10.5″ in back.
Shelby American built approximately 650 CSX 4000 continuation Cobras between 1997 and 2009, making CSX 4070 one of the earliest examples.
This car is listed in the Shelby American Registry and was built by Cheetah Engineering of Minneapolis, Mn.