From the inception of the small block Cobra, Carroll Shelby intended to build a race version of his lightweight roadster; its ultimate iteration was the 289 FIA roadster. While the original Cobra’s lithe athleticism remains evident, the 289 FIA – with a widened track and wider, racing-specific rubber – adds a heightened muscularity to the race car’s quicker acceleration and tenacious grip.
The 289 FIA Cobra car dominated tracks throughout the 1960s, defeating Jaguar, Corvette, Aston and Ferrari on the tight road courses. While a fastback version – the Daytona coupe – was created for high speed European tracks, the reliable small block roadsters also helped win North American races and the 1965 FIA Manufacturer’s Championship. It was the competitive foundation on which the Shelby legend was built.
Available in fiberglass and aluminum, the current line of 289 FIA Cobras are built with the same body and chassis as in 1964 with a few components updated for safety and reliability.
Carroll always envisioned putting American V8 power into a light weight European chassis. At the heart of the Cobra was a strong reliable powerplant that brought out the potential of the nimble little chassis. The small block 289 Ford motor powered the FIA Cobra roadsters that dominated the American road race scene. The small block V8 powerplant also powered the Daytona Coupe that won America’s first and only world manufactures championship in 1965.
The suspension is essentially identical to that which underpinned the 289 Cobra through the mid-‘60s. It is the same front and rear suspension that carried legends like Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and Phil Hill into victory circle. Nimble and responsive, the rack and pinion steering offers functionality that reflects an earlier era, with no synthetic buffer between the driver and the machine.
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