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2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept Car Zoom icon
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Lot # FR0085

2004 Ford

Shelby Cobra Concept Car

Run Day: Friday
Year
2004
Make
Ford
Model
Shelby Cobra Concept Car
Doors
2
Body Color
Silver
Body Style
Convertible

A Legend That Will Help Continue A Legacy - One of One - Only One Ever Built


Vehicle Highlights
  • Bill of Sale Only
  • Inspired by the Biggest, Baddest Cobra of All - the Renowned 427 - the Vehicle Took "Concept" to a Whole New Level with It's Evocative Design and Bonafide Performance Credentials
  • Celebrating the Renowned Relationship Between Ford Motor Company and Legend Carroll Shelby this Piece of History Created a Thrill of Excitement when it was Introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show
  • One of One - Only One Ever Built
  • Proceeds from the Sale of This Once-in-a-Lifetime Vehicle will go to Support the Massive Restoration and Reinterpretation of Fair Lane, the Historic Home of Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford and His Wife Clara
  • Open-Top V10 Roadster
  • Chassis Construction: Welded and Bonded Space Frame of Cast and Extruded Aluminum
  • 6.4L, 90-Degree V-10
  • Aluminum Engine Block and Cylinder Heads
  • Redline: 7,500 rpm
  • Valvetrain: DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
  • Intake: Velocity Stacks with Sliding Plate Throttles
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.66 x 3.70 in / 93.0 x 94.0 mm
  • Displacement: 390 cu in / 6,392 cc
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Horsepower: 605 @6,750 rpm
  • Torque: 501 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm
  • Layout: Mid-Front Engine, Rear Transmission, Rear-Wheel-Drive
  • Front & Rear Suspension: Unequal-Length Aluminum Control Arms, Coil-Over Monotube Shocks, Stabilizer Bar
  • Rack & Pinion Steering with Power Assist / 17.0:1
  • 14.0 x 1.3 in Brembo Cross-Drilled and Vented Disc Brakes and Four-Piston Monoblock Calipers in Front
  • 13.2 x 1.3 in Brembo Cross-Drilled and Vented Disc Brakes and Four-Piston Monoblock Calipers in Rear
  • P275/40R18 BF Goodrich Racing Tires on 18 x 10 in BBS Wheels on Front
  • P345/35R19 BF Goodrich Racing Tires on 19 x 13 in BBS Wheels on Rear
  • Wheelbase: 100.0
  • Overall Lenth: 155.4
  • Overall Width: 75.0
  • Track Width, Front: 60.6
  • Track Width, Rear: 60.4
  • Front Legroom: 45.4
  • Curb Weigh: 3,075 Pounds
  • NOTE: FOR LIABILITY PURPOSES, FORD MOTOR COMPANY WILL RENDER THE CAR COMPLETELY NOT DRIVABLE, HOWEVER, THE ENGINE WILL REMAIN FUNCTIONAL. SPECIFICALLY, BEFORE AUCTION, FORD MOTOR COMPANY WILL REMOVE COMPONENTS AND PERFORM OPERATIONS TO DISABLE THE DRIVETRAIN PERMANENTLY. THESE PRECAUTIONS MUST BE TAKEN SINCE THE CAR NEVER WENT INTO PRODUCTION.

As the saying goes, too much power is almost enough. So thought Carroll Shelby when he shoe-horned a 427-cubic-inch Ford V-8 under the hood of a small British roadster, giving birth to the legendary 427 Cobra.

Four decades later, Ford's Advanced Product Creation team explored the idea of applying Shelby's famous formula to the latest components and architectures Ford has to offer. The result is the Ford Shelby cobra concept, a radical new roadster, fully engineered for high-speed testing, completed in just five months by a small tightly focused team of enthusiasts.

This production-feasible roadster has a 427-inspired 605-horsepower, all-aluminum V-10 engine mounted at the front of an advanced aluminum chassis modified front the rear-engine Ford GT.

It weighs just more that 3,000 pounds and is about as long as a Mazda Miata. There's no roof, no side glass, not even a radio. "That's the formula," said Carroll Shelby. "It's a massive motor in a tiny, lightweight car."

The Ford Shelby cobra concept team drew heavily on the Ford GT production car - especially the space frame and suspension - to maximize efficiency. Although the cars have vastly different characters and different dimension, smart engineering quickly adapted the rear-mid-engine Ford GT platform to this front-mid-engine application.

Inspired by the biggest, baddest Cobra of all - the renowned 427 - Ford engineers created a new aluminum-block V-10 to power the Ford Shelby Cobra concept. This 6.4-liter engine, adapted from Ford's MOD family, delivers the rush of raw power associated with that big 1960's V-8 monster - with 605 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque - without the aid of supercharging or turbocharging.

This combination of brute force and thorough engineering has created a rarity in the world of auto shows - a concept car that can actually do, rather than merely promise, zero to 60 in under four seconds, and would easily exceed 100 mph if not electronically limited. With show cars typically limited to a stately 15 mph or so, this fact points at the level of engineering packed into the Ford Shelby Cobra concept - and points to the authenticity that comes from working with Carroll Shelby once again.

Proceeds from the sale of this once-in-a-lifetime vehicle will go to support the massive restoration and reinterpretation of Fair Lane, the historic home of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and his wife Clara. The Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane, was the beloved home of Clara and Henry Ford. It was here that this iconic American couple changed our world with the automobile, but also through their dedication to education, health care and environmentalism. This couple in so many ways created the American middle class that we know today – and changed the way the world moves and operates. The estate is undergoing extensive restoration to return it to the Ford's home in 1919. It will create a strong and immersive experience for visitors to enter the lives of the Fords, to understand their contributions, and to make connections to the relevancy of the Ford Legacy to our lives in today's world.