50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra now held by McQueen

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There is not (or at least there better not be) a single Ford Mustang fanatic that doesn’t know who Steve McQueen is, let alone his amazing car chase scene in Bullitt.  This month, there’s another McQueen making a news bit here recently by landing himself an extremely rare 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra.  Ronald McQueen was chosen as the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle winner by the (late) Carroll Shelby Foundation, and is now the lucky owner of one of Shelby American’s greatest tribute achievements.  These modern-day equivalent Cobras are fabricated with the same attention to detail and performance as they were in the 1960s, and Shelby himself was happy knowing this sweeps would result in not just someone driving one of his works of art…but taking it home has his or her own.

Keep reading to get the full story in the Press Release for more on this one!

News Release


GARDENA, Calif. – Feb. 2013 – Even though he isn’t related to the “The King of Cool,” a McQueen will once again be behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra as a result of the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle. Ronald McQueen will be a celebrity in Pennsylvania when he pulls up in a rare, 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra continuation car. Hosted by the Carroll Shelby Foundation, the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle offered enthusiasts a shot at a small block, limited edition Cobra. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which was established by automotive icon and racing legend Carroll Shelby to provide financial support for children battling life-threatening illnesses and to promote continuing education.

“The 50th anniversary Cobra is a symbol of the last five decades of Shelby American’s incredible achievements,” said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Carroll was adamant that these Shelby Cobras be built with the same exceptional quality as the ones he created in the ‘60s. He was also excited that this raffle would give one lucky winner the opportunity to not just drive it, but own it. Now Ronald McQueen will live that dream by contributing to our efforts to help kids live a healthy, happy life with a bright future.”

Steve McQueen, who was best known for driving a Ford Mustang during the action-packed car chase scene in Bullitt, was a fan of the Shelby Cobra. He visited Carroll Shelby at his Venice, Calif. facility throughout the 1960s, though legend has it that studio contracts prohibited him from owning one of the fast roadsters. That did not keep him from sampling the Cobra as Shelby lent him the CSX2174 to cruise around Southern California. Ronald McQueen, however, will have the pleasure of owning the Shelby Cobra that Steve McQueen could never buy.

“The Shelby Cobra is one of the more sought after American collectible cars,” added McQueen. “I have friends who own Shelby vehicles and just hearing the roar of the raw power these Cobra engines generate is so exhilarating. Now, I too finally own a piece of Shelby’s automotive history.”

As part of Shelby American’s golden anniversary in 2012, the Carroll Shelby Foundation celebrated the tremendous milestone by offering the limited edition cars. Painted “Shelby black” and filled with a premium wine colored leather interior and special badges, only 50 of the limited-edition anniversary Cobras are being built. The new owner’s small-block Cobra will be documented in the official Shelby registry.

To learn more about the Carroll Shelby Foundation, make a donation or order an item with the exclusive  HYPERLINK “http://www.cscf.org/donate/get-carrolls-autograph/” commemorative signature, follow the link to  HYPERLINK “http://www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org” www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation
The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.cscf.org” CarrollShelbyFoundation.org.


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