Shelby Cobra Fifty Years

Shelby Cobra Fifty Years

by Colin Comer
     
 

There are some things in life that are beyond the abilities of a single person, such as starting a successful automobile manufacturing company and producing world-championship automobiles. Right. Try telling that to Carroll Shelby. When health issues cut his promising racing career short, he set out to do the impossible—start his own car company and build a

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There are some things in life that are beyond the abilities of a single person, such as starting a successful automobile manufacturing company and producing world-championship automobiles. Right. Try telling that to Carroll Shelby. When health issues cut his promising racing career short, he set out to do the impossible—start his own car company and build a sports car capable of beating the very best the world had to offer, including Ferrari. Especially Ferrari, in fact. Not only did Shelby and his modest Cobra succeed, but he and his supposedly antiquated little roadster absolutely rubbed Enzo Ferrari’s face in the asphalt, humiliating the mighty Italian so thoroughly that his eponymous company abandoned sports car racing altogether.
 
Shelby Cobra: Fifty Years tells the story of Carroll Shelby’s American-British hybrid sports car, celebrating its exploits on the track, on the street, and more recently, on the auction block. In so doing, it chronicles Shelby’s amazing accomplishments, as well as the invaluable contributions of Shelby’s brilliant team consisting of Phil Remington, Ken Miles, Peter Brock, and many more of the greatest automotive geniuses of all time. This book is an essential addition to the library of any Cobra fan, Shelby fan, racing fan, or anyone who just enjoys a great story.

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From the Publisher
"THE GREATEST CAR BOOK OF ALL TIME. Colin Comer's Shelby Cobra: Fifty Years (Motorbooks, $40) is a milestone, an evocative love letter to the only American hot rod with a household name. Comer, a Shelby collector and racer, packs this gorgeous tome with illuminating no-fking-way interviews and miles-deep photography that tells the sweat-and-blood stories of the car's legend. Cobra mastermind Carrolll Shelby died in May, and his cars regularly trade hands for millions. Save having the man's ghost school you over drinks, it gets no better than this."-ESQUIRE
 
"I will cut to the chase and give you the Official Ringing Endorsement: That book is the best car book I've read this year. It's wonderfully assembled and passionately written, and it takes a refreshingly new angle on a much-discussed subject. Buy it. (Disclosure: I receive no financial benefit from sales of this book.) In addition to documenting the history and personalities behind one of America's most wonderful automobiles, it's just plain fun to flip through." - Autos.msn.com
 
"Anyone looking for abundant photos, and an easy read, will want “Shelby Cobra Fifty Years,” which focuses solely on the two-seat sports car. The prose is gee-whiz reverential. (In fact, the best reading is found in the sidebars: interviews with various Cobra collectors and profiles of people like Phil Remington and Pete Brock, indispensable figures in the creation of Shelby’s cars.) The eye candy matters here: abundant photos that capture the racing history and mechanical details. For a model builder like me, the book answers almost every question about what goes where and how it is supposed to look. If you’re lucky enough (and rich enough) to find a real Cobra to restore, you can get a good head start from Mr. Comer’s book."  - The New York Times
 
 "Several books have been written about Carroll Shelby, but if we had to narrow it down to just one, it would be Colin Comer's Shelby Cobra Fifty Years. Although Comer admits he was born too late to live through the early Shelby years, his passion for the Texan and his merry band of hot-rodders is reflected in this beautifully written book, which has many classic shots from Shelby's archives. And don't miss the interview with ace mechanic Phil Remington, who's still going strong in his 90s” - ROAD & TRACK"

Just when you thought you had read every book you needed to read about Cobras, along comes one more must-have tome. While this won’t be the last book written on these cars, it is probably the last one that needs to be written. It is that good. Colin Comer has proven, by this book, that he really does have an excellent handle on the Cobra. He brings to his writing a solid and well-grounded background gained by working on the cars, racing them, and maintaining a dealership where he regularly buys and sells them. This is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one: Shelby Cobra — One Hundred Years. It’s due out in 2062." - The Shelby American (Shelby American Automobile Club magazine), Fall 2011

“Imagine your favorite magazine—thought provoking, definitive, technical, personal, and stylish—was actually a coffee-table book. That’s how Colin Comer’s insightful new Shelby Cobra history reads— cozy, friendly, and fun, but weighty. A polymath racer, writer, dealer, and muscle car guru, Comer is too young to have been there in the day, but he’s met just about everyone who was, and his obsessive attention to detail, leavened by sturdy, witty prose, make this a volume we expect to reference for a long time.” - Automobile Magazine
 
"Author Colin Comer freely admits that he was captivated by the legend of the Shelby Cobra at a young age and remains so. As a Cobra owner, restorer and racer, he brings to his book insider knowledge, not only talking the talk but also walking the walk. It’s a read that will make you feel a part of the inner circle, even if you’ve only dreamed of owning a Cobra but never have. Comer does not miss the rich competition history and I especially enjoyed the chapter on “Costly Cobra Trinkets,” cover the promotional items that are so collectible today. Beautifully laid out with a plethora of nicely reproduced photos. Shelby Cobra Fifty Years is a masterful tribute to the marque." - Vintage Motorsport
 
"... this is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one."
Just when you thought you had read every book you needed to read about Cobras, along comes a must-have tome. While this won’t be the last book written on these cars, it is probably the last one that needs to be written. It is that good. Shelby Cobra Fifty Years is well researched, well written and it contains an excellent variety of photos—both historical as well as current—that provide an insightful look at the Cobra mystique. Every picture is intelligently captioned and almost all of them contain the cars’ serial number. We especially like that. This is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one.
- From the Shelby American Automobile Club's magazine, The Shelby American 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760340295
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
10/22/2011
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
222,321
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
"THE GREATEST CAR BOOK OF ALL TIME. Colin Comer's Shelby Cobra: Fifty Years (Motorbooks, $40) is a milestone, an evocative love letter to the only American hot rod with a household name. Comer, a Shelby collector and racer, packs this gorgeous tome with illuminating no-fking-way interviews and miles-deep photography that tells the sweat-and-blood stories of the car's legend. Cobra mastermind Carrolll Shelby died in May, and his cars regularly trade hands for millions. Save having the man's ghost school you over drinks, it gets no better than this."-ESQUIRE "I will cut to the chase and give you the Official Ringing Endorsement: That book is the best car book I've read this year. It's wonderfully assembled and passionately written, and it takes a refreshingly new angle on a much-discussed subject. Buy it. (Disclosure: I receive no financial benefit from sales of this book.) In addition to documenting the history and personalities behind one of America's most wonderful automobiles, it's just plain fun to flip through." - Autos.msn.com "Anyone looking for abundant photos, and an easy read, will want “Shelby Cobra Fifty Years,” which focuses solely on the two-seat sports car. The prose is gee-whiz reverential. (In fact, the best reading is found in the sidebars: interviews with various Cobra collectors and profiles of people like Phil Remington and Pete Brock, indispensable figures in the creation of Shelby’s cars.) The eye candy matters here: abundant photos that capture the racing history and mechanical details. For a model builder like me, the book answers almost every question about what goes where and how it is supposed to look. If you’re lucky enough (and rich enough) to find a real Cobra to restore, you can get a good head start from Mr. Comer’s book."  - The New York Times  "Several books have been written about Carroll Shelby, but if we had to narrow it down to just one, it would be Colin Comer's Shelby Cobra Fifty Years. Although Comer admits he was born too late to live through the early Shelby years, his passion for the Texan and his merry band of hot-rodders is reflected in this beautifully written book, which has many classic shots from Shelby's archives. And don't miss the interview with ace mechanic Phil Remington, who's still going strong in his 90s” - ROAD & TRACK “Imagine your favorite magazine—thought provoking, definitive, technical, personal, and stylish—was actually a coffee-table book. That’s how Colin Comer’s insightful new Shelby Cobra history reads— cozy, friendly, and fun, but weighty. A polymath racer, writer, dealer, and muscle car guru, Comer is too young to have been there in the day, but he’s met just about everyone who was, and his obsessive attention to detail, leavened by sturdy, witty prose, make this a volume we expect to reference for a long time.” - Automobile Magazine "Author Colin Comer freely admits that he was captivated by the legend of the Shelby Cobra at a young age and remains so. As a Cobra owner, restorer and racer, he brings to his book insider knowledge, not only talking the talk but also walking the walk. It’s a read that will make you feel a part of the inner circle, even if you’ve only dreamed of owning a Cobra but never have. Comer does not miss the rich competition history and I especially enjoyed the chapter on “Costly Cobra Trinkets,” cover the promotional items that are so collectible today. Beautifully laid out with a plethora of nicely reproduced photos. Shelby Cobra Fifty Years is a masterful tribute to the marque." - Vintage Motorsport "... this is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one."
Just when you thought you had read every book you needed to read about Cobras, along comes a must-have tome. While this won’t be the last book written on these cars, it is probably the last one that needs to be written. It is that good. Shelby Cobra Fifty Years is well researched, well written and it contains an excellent variety of photos—both historical as well as current—that provide an insightful look at the Cobra mystique. Every picture is intelligently captioned and almost all of them contain the cars’ serial number. We especially like that. This is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one.
- From the Shelby American Automobile Club's magazine, The Shelby American

"Just when you thought you had read every book you needed to read about Cobras, along comes one more must-have tome. While this won’t be the last book written on these cars, it is probably the last one that needs to be written. It is that good. Colin Comer has proven, by this book, that he really does have an excellent handle on the Cobra. He brings to his writing a solid and well-grounded background gained by working on the cars, racing them, and maintaining a dealership where he regularly buys and sells them. This is the last Cobra book you will need...until Comer writes the next one: Shelby Cobra — One Hundred Years. It’s due out in 2062." - The Shelby American (Shelby American Automobile Club magazine), Fall 2011

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