The Shelby Cobra was a truly legendary car, which took the standard muscle car formula of “big engine in a small car” and took it to its logical extreme, thanks to a puny British roadster infused with the beating heart of a Ford big-block V8 (or small block for the weak). The story has continued today, with various companies offering kit cars. My brother Matt was out and about on Sunday morning and came across this Cobra kit car sitting on the side of the street. He’s become quite a reliable car spotter out in L.A.–and he’s clearly not afraid of the egg-fryingly hot temperatures out there (unlike me, who is happy to sit in air conditioning the entire day). Thanks for the pickup, Matt!
Spotted by: Matthew R. Davis
-Albert S. Davis
The Cobra is one of those automobiles that took two separate ideas and combined them, creating an entirely new idea. When Carroll Shelby married a small-block Ford V8 to the chassis of the AC Ace roadster, a star was born–with loud engine notes and lots of tire smoke. The 427 Cobra, which appeared some years later, was an instant legend and an instant collectible. Continue reading 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C at the 2016 Elegance at Hershey
It’s a clear-cut fact that in the past year, my brothers are now at war over who can send me the best stuff they find on the street. I enjoy this–because it appears their taste in classic and modern cars is quite suitable. In this case, Seth’s girlfriend Michelle found this fire-engine-red Triumph Spitfire sitting on a side street in Princeton. This town, similarly to its cross-river cohort towns in Bucks County PA (where Nick happens to reside) and its downriver brothers (such as Lambertville) are also great places to find old cars when the weather is reasonable. This particular Spitfire IV looks straight as a die and is a great example of a classic British sports roadster. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Triumph Spitfire spotted in Princeton, NJ
Having a sibling that lives in Los Angeles has been good for car spotting. That said, it’s rather unusual that the cars that he and my other brother usually send to me which work end up being Camaros. I’m not going to complain when it’s a blue ’67 convertible like this one. Matt sends me stuff like this all the time, and I always feel terrible turning him down–but this time, the photos were absolutely usable and of what I could work with, they did a good job at least getting the photos. It’s not a Stickercity Viper or a spy-shot Camaro, but this’ll do. Nice spot, Matt!
-Albert S. Davis
Allow me to be the first to say to all our readers, Happy New Year! Here’s your welcome to 2016 present, a car which is now celebrating its 50th birthday. Continue reading 1966 Ford Fairlane 500XL Convertible spotted in Royal Oak, MI