Boulder, Colorado is known for many things: the Flatiron Mountains, the University of Colorado, home for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Celestial Seasoning Tea Company and the Mork and Mindy house! The list goes on and on. A well-known gem among car enthusiasts in Boulder is the Shelby American Collection, which has on display some of the most famous Shelby American cars ever built, along with Shelby automobilia.
After establishing himself as an accomplished race car driver in the 1950s, Carroll Shelby set his sights on racing car design. Wanting a car to go up against Corvettes in U.S. Sports Car racing, Shelby used the light-weight British AC Ace body, fitted with a small block Ford V-8. Next he set his sights on Ferrari, which lead to a big-block 427 cu.in. Ford engine shoe-horned into the aluminum AC Cobra body, which required a new chassis to handle the raw power of this engine. Sold in both street and track versions, the 427 Cobra was a commercial failure while in production, but is now one of the most sought-after and replicated automobiles ever.
At the non-profit Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado you can view a rotating display of Shelby Americans, many on loan from the vehicle’s owners. View their web site at: http://www.shelbyamericancollection.org/. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located at 5020 Chaparral Court in Boulder, Colorado. Their phone number is (303) 516-9565.
Next time you are in Las Vegas, Nevada, another Shelby museum worth the visit is the Shelby Museum, located at the Carroll Shelby International, Inc. facility. Started by Carroll Shelby himself, they manufacture component automobiles, including replicas of the small-block and large-block AC Cobras, Shelby GT350 and GT500 Super Snake. Since 2005, Carroll Shelby International Inc. has released new models every year. Learn more about them and their latest creations at: http://www.shelbyamerican.com
Enjoy the attached slide show of Shelby cars on display at the Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy the attached video of the 1964 hit “Hey Little Cobra” by the Rip Cords.
Trivia Question: Carroll Shelby gave a 427 Cobra to a close friend, who gave it back because he couldn’t control it. Who was it?
Answer to last article’s Trivia Question: Kenosha, Wisconsin has two elementary schools named after automotive industrialist: The Thomas B. Jeffery School (the Gremlins) and Charles W. Nash School (the Nash Knights).
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