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Hot Wheels Cobra California Custom 1991

  • Brand: Ford Shelby
  • Model: Cobra
  • Set: California Custom
  • Set Number: n/a
  • Year: 1991
  • Designer: Larry Wood

Only 1 left in stock


Only 1 left in stock

“There is never enough horsepower… just not enough traction.” – Carroll Shelby

In the early 1960s, Carroll Shelby wanted to build a sports car to stand up to Ferrari, and in search of a frame for that model, someone proposed AC Ace. The small British manufacturer marketed the Ace with a six-cylinder engine also British manufacturer Bristol, which happened to stop production of that engine in 1961, which was the end for the small model AC. After Carroll Shelby contacted Charles Hurlock of AC, suggesting the possibility of installing a V8 of American origin in the small Ace, these evidently acceded, giving rise to one of the largest icons of the engine.

The engine chosen came from Ford. It was Dave Evans of Ford Motor Company who first recommended Shelby to try the new V8 221 cubic inches, about 3.62 liters, of which sent three units to the store of the legendary Dean Moon, in Santa Fe Springs, where Shelby had an office. But shortly after, and with the engines already touched by Moon, Evans himself warned Shelby that a new lightweight V8 of 260 cubic inches, 4.26 liters, had just been developed, sending again three more copies of the new block. The implication and importance of the project for Ford is quite clear with this rapid availability of material, when Shelby did not even have the frames yet.

Friki Collector, don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on a 1991 Hot Wheels model, which also includes stickers and a CalCustom disc!





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