What Is a Shelby Cobra Super Snake?


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The Shelby Cobra Super Snake is a limited edition roadster that consists of an American engine and British engineering design, and only around 20 original vehicles exist in the world. The Cobra Super Snake is a fast, two-door coupe that comes in several editions, including the 427. The Super Snake comes in recreational and competition versions, with variations between the two.

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The first Super Snake, made for pleasure rather than competition, dates back to the mid-1960s. This car is fast, but contains several important safety and engineering features, such as a windshield and mufflers. Both versions, like many car models, can be customized with different features. Accessories for the 427 include a windshield, mufflers and bumpers. A powerful set of Twin Paxton Superchargers also outfits the 427. These features make the competition Cobra legal for street racing.

The two Cobra trims share some commonalities, such as rounded headlights and a front-mounted engine. They have aluminum frames and steel tubes, which shed excess weight but offer support. Some models have a V8 engine, made by Ford Motors, that is lightweight and designed specifically for performance.

The Cobra enjoys a celebrity status among racing cars, and has had some celebrity owners. Perhaps the most famous owner is Bill Cosby, who received a Cobra from designer Carroll Shelby. These cars have also made appearances in numerous races.

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