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Magazines
COBRAS
McMullen & Yee Publishing, Inc.
774 S. Placentia Ave.
Placentia, CA 92670
714-572-2255
714-572-1864 FAX
This magazine is published annually. It contains interesting articles. Articles range from interviews with people associated with the Cobra's early days (including Shelby himself) to reviews of replica manufacturers cars. And there are always lots of nice pictures both, historic and current.

Books
Just Call Me Carroll......
Author: Phil Henny
Format: Hardbound
Pages: 147
ISBN: 976524716
http://www.justcallmecarroll.com/
Phil Henny was a precision mechanic from Switzerland who joined the Shelby organization in time to help build the Le Mans winning GT40 of 1967. This Book is the story of his life in motor racing, told as a series of short stories describing the people and cars he was involved with. It is a very personal and fascinating view of motor racing in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Shelby American World Registry
Edited by the Shelby American Automobile Club
(c) 1987 by the Shelby American Automobile Club,
P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069
Hdbd., 8 1/2" x 11", 512 pages, 250 ILL.
Updated 1987 edition packed with more detailed information. Covers EVERY Shelby Cobra, Mustang and GT40 with production data, specs, history, design and development, plus anecdotes and stories from owners. Foreword by Caroll Shelby.
Original AC Ace & Cobra
The Restorers Guide to AC, Bristol and Ford Engined Cars Ace, Aceca and Cobra
(c) 1990 by Rinsey Mills
Bay View Books Ltd.
13a Bridgeland Street
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QE
Hdbk., 9 1/2" x 12", 96 pages, approx. 150 color photos
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The ultimate guide to one of America's most legendary cars and its British roots. This is a carefully researched text that is packed with 150 color photos showing every detail plus the most complete production details and model.
Cobras and Replicas 1962-1983
Compiled byR. M. Clarke
(c) Brooklands Books
'Holmerise", Seven Hills, Road,
Cobham, Surrey, England
Sftbd., 8" x 10 1/2", 100 pages, approx. 100 ILL
The Brooklands Books series is one of the largest reference works available today. They consist of reprinted articles from major automotive magazines, and deal specifically with one make or model. Includes road tests, specs, driving impressionsm, articles on model introductions, used car features, history and tuning.
Cobra
(c) 1989 by Beki Adam
Osprey Publishing Limited
59 Grosvenor Street, London WIX 9DA
Sftbd., 8 1/4" x 9", 128 pages, 120 color ILL
A complete, pictorial history of the awesome Cobra. From the early association with Bristol, through the hectic racing era of Carroll Shelby, to the advanced design studies undertaken by Ford. 120 Color photos capture the cars, the factory, and the historic racing action at Sebring, Daytona, Nassau and other circuits. In the Osprey Colour Library.
Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965
by Michael Shoen
Hdbd., 8 1/2" x 11", 368 pgs., 452 b&w, 57 color ILL
Carroll Shelby vs. Enzo Ferrari, one of the biggest, most competitive rivalries in auto racing is detailed as never before. Shelby himself calls this book "a beautiful job". A" ... wonderful gift to the history of motor racing." Fred Gamble. Packed with great historic photos and stories.
The Carroll Shelby story
by Carroll Shelby as told to John Bentley
Hrdbd., 5 3/4" x 8 1/2", 272 pages, 61 b&w ill
(c) 1965 by Carroll Shelby and Lyle Kenyon Engel, Trident Press, New York Like Carroll Shelby's action-packed life, The Cobra Story is full of thrills, some spills and plenty of Old Shel's own brand of earthy humor and personal insight. This is also the story of an age when high performance cars were in the dreams of many. Carroll Shelby's dream, literally, was the Cobra, and here's how it happened.
Shelby Cobra: The Shelby American Original Archives 1962- 1965
by Dave Friedman
Hdbd., 10 1/4" x 10 1/4", 168 pages, 50 b&w ill, 150 color
A phenomenal collection of 270 photographs, brochures, race programs, posters, and Shelby memorabilia that tells the inside story of how the team built its production cars and went racing. Filled with never-before published, original photos from author and official Shelby American team photographer Dave Friedman. Friedman was on the scene with camera in hand to capture the entire development and production of Carroll Shelby's legendary Cobra. This detailed history provides coverage of the street and racing models, including all of the 260, 289 and 427 models. Includes fascinating first-hand accounts from Shelby and his crew members.
Racing Cobra: A definitive pictorial history.
By John Christy & Dave Friedman
Hdbd., 8" x 10 1/2", 208 pages, 387 b&w photos.

"...right on target and accurately chronicles an esciting period of automotive history." Carroll Shelby. This book concentrates on Cobras in competition. Journalist Christy experienced the era of Shelby team at first hand and photographer Friedman has opened up his files for the first time. "...strongly recommend it to Cobra freaks everywhere and to all lovers of very, very fast cars."Road & Track "....a fitting and excellent tribute to one of the greatest machines ever put on wheels."Old Cars.
Shelby's wildlife: The Cobras and Mustangs.
By Wallace A. Wyss.
Revision Edition, Hdbd., 7 1/2" x 9", 224 pages.

"Author Wyss focuses his book mainly on the cars, as he should but he also retells many of the familiar anecdotes about Shelby and springs a few new ones, too" Road & Track. The complete, exciting story of all the Cobra models: the 250, 289, 427 and Daytona and a year-by-year chronicle of the Shelby Mustangs GT 350R, GT500 and GT500KR. Wyss discusses their power plants and the many variations of each model. Complete with over 200 photographs.
Car and driver on Cobra, Shelby and Ford GT40 1963-1984.
Sftbd., 8 1/2" x 11", 100 pages, loaded with illustrations.
Terrific collections of articles reprinted exclusively from Car & Driver. Contains road tests, new model reports, friving and styling impressions, history, racing and much more, plus unique features on driving reports, factory visits, Le Mans, AC Cobra 260, 289 and 427. Ford GT and GT40, Shelby Mustang GT350, 350H plus ERA and AC MKIV.
AC Cobra; The Complete Story
By Brian Laban
Hdbd., 7 1/2" x 10", 208 pages, 88 b&w, 77 ILL
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A detailed technical analysis of the extraordinary Cobra and the compeling story of the people and events behind its creation. Includes road tests, specs., and buying & restoration tips. In the Crowood Autoclassics series.
Cobra and Cobra replicas 1962-1989 Gold Portfolio
compiled by R.M. Clarke
Sftbd., 8" x 10 1/2", 100 pages, 300 ILL

"Gold Portfolio" signifies a premium edition in the Brooklands Series. Packed with even more articles, photos, technical information, road tests, buying information and other great features. Brooklands has pursued the auto journals of the world to bring you 47 illustrated articles on the Cobra. Comparisons, history, road tests and more from Road & Track, Autocar, Classic Car, Motor and many others. An excellent review of the replicas and the originals.
Shelby Cobra 1962-69
By R.M. Clarke.
Sftbd., 8" x 10 3/4", approx. 180 pages, 200 ILL

"Gold Portfolio" signifies a premium edition. Packed with even more articles, photos, technical information, road tests, buying information and other great features.
Road & Track on Cobra, Shelby & Ford GT40 1962-1992
Sftbd., 8 1/2" x 11", 104 pages, loaded with b&w ill.

Road tests, racing, new model reports, and more on the legends. 25 great articles from past issues of Road & Track tell it like it was and recreate the glory days of Shelby's great racing career. Technical analysis, comparisons, and more on the Lone Star Cobra, 260, 289, 427, Replicas, GT40, Mark II, Mustang, GT350 and GT500.
Cobra: The Real Thing!
Hdbd., 8 1/4" x 10 1/4", 272 pages, 221 b&w, 86 color ill, 15 diagrams.

Carroll Shelby's performance-shattering Cobra is profiled in words and pictures. Chapters include: Evolution; The Mark II 289; The Racing Cobras; The 427; Individual Histories; After the Cobra; AC/Shelby/Cobra from 1983; Facts & Figures, and much more. Contains original road tests, specifications, and build numbers.
Illustrated Shelby Buyer's Guide
by Jay Lamm and Nick Nicaise
Sftbd., 7 1/2" x 9 1/2", 128 pages, 200 b&w ill.

All Shelby cars, from the original Cobras of the 60's to the Shelby Dodges of today. Unique 5-star rating system helps to determine most valuable models. Contains useful tips on "problem vehicles" to stay away from.
Ford Cobra Guide
by Bill Carroll
Sftbd., 5" x 8 1/4", 139 pages, 37 b&w ill

Readable, exciting examination of the 289 Cobra revealing in Shelby's words the history of the car from the very beginning. Follows the progress of Cobra production in England to how they were completed in America. Ken Miles and Cecil Bowman discuss chassis modifications for racing and race driving techniques.
The Complete Guide to Cobra Replicas
Edited by Judy Clarke
Sftbd., 8 1/4" x 10 3/4", 40 pages, 61 b&w ill., 7 color

Today's Shelby Cobra replicas are the best ever! Read all about today's 427 and 289 Cobras, GT40s, Daytona Coupes, and a Yank replica of the AC Ace. Cobra Concours sections showcase each Cobra or GT40 with a pictorial display and editorial writeup. Discover the three biggest mistakes first-time Cobra buyers make...and how you'll sidestep all of them!
AC and Cobra
by John McLellan
Hdbd., 7 1/2" x 10", 176 pages, 314 b&w ill

Extensive photo history of the AC Car Company from its founding in 1904 up through the Cobra and the AC Ghia show car.
AC (Shelby) Cobra - 1962-67; Marks I, II, III; 260, 289, 427
by F. Wilson McComb
Hdbd., 7 1/2" x 8 3/4", 136 pages, 95 b&w ill, 12 color

Wilson McComb's story sorts out the fact from fiction unlike any other book before it. For the first time he tells the true story, ends the fabrication and refutes the above. Also he tells the English end of things, consulting throughout with recognized men in-the-know from the USA. Here is a unique Cobra story adding hard fact, some opinion and many new comments about a car which is close to the top of any car enthusiast poll as the world's most desirable sports car.
The Classic ACs, Two Litre to Cobra: A Collector's Guide
by John McLellan
Hdbd., 9 1/2" x 7 1/2", 128 pages, 153 b&w ill

John McLellan, an acknowledged expert on AC Cars and a prominent member of the AC Owners' Club, unravels the complex history of the AC and its cousins and tells how, following an approach by Carroll Shelby, the Ace became the Cobra. As part of Ford of America's Total Performance program, it won the GT World Endurance Championship, and for four years, culminating in the thunderous 7-liter 427, was famed as the fastest roadgoing sports car. In common with other books in the Collector's Guide series, the text is complemented by extensive illustrations throughout and by comprehensive reference data covering technical specifications, production details and performance figures.
AC/Ford/Cobra Super Profile
by Rod Grainger
Hdbd., 8 1/2" x 11", 56 pages, 87 b&w ill, 22 color

A full portrait of the Cobra is built by describing its history, production changes and specifications. Then there are road tests, owners' views, details of what to look for when buying, and information on relevant clubs and specialists.
The AC Cobra - Profile No. 60
by Anthony Pritchard & Keith Davey
Sftbd., 7" x 9 1/4", 12 pages, 23 b&w ill, 2 color

Twelve page pamphlet, published in 1967, briefly covering the history of AC Cars from its founding through the Cobras and AC 428.
Shelby American Cobra/Mustang Guide
Edited by Richard J. Kopec
Sftbd., 8" x 10 3/4", 130 pages, 200 b&w ill

Hot Rod Magazine Automotive Series. Magazine format covering all Shelby cars from 1962 - 1970.
Shelby Cobras & Mustangs: A Source Book
Edited and Annotated by Robert C. Ackerson
Sftbd., 7" x 10", 143 pages, 163 b&w ill

This book covers the whole story of the Shelby Cobras and Mustangs. All the Cobras, 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s - are included, as well as the full line of Mustangs -- including the rare Hertz GT 350-H and the GT 500-KR models. This is a rare opportunity to examine the full story of these marvelous cars. The fascinating story is told by means of plentiful, well-chosen illustrations from the original factory literature and compelling text written by an acknowledged automotive authority. This is yet another volume in the Bookman Publishing Source Book Series.
Shelby Volume II: A Source Book
Edited and Annotated by Paul North
Sftbd., 7" x 10", 143 pages, 127 b&w ill

This book covers the whole story of the Shelby Cobras and Mustangs. All the Cobras - 260s, 289s, 427s and 428s - are included, as well as the full line of Mustangs - the rare Hertz GT 350-H and the GT 500-KR models. Also in this volume are chapters on the AC Ace and Bristol, Ford GT and Carroll Shelby. This fascinating story is told by means of well-chosen illustrations and manufacturer and after-market literature. This is another volume in the popular Bookman Publishing Source Book Series.
The Complete Guide to Cobra Replicas
Edited by Judy Clarke
Sftbd., 8 1/4" x 10 3/4", 40 pages, 61 b&w ill., 7 color

Today's Shelby Cobra replicas are the best ever! Read all about today's 427 and 289 Cobras, GT40s, Daytona Coupes, and a Yank replica of the AC Ace. Cobra Concours sections showcase each Cobra or GT40 with a pictorial display and editorial writeup. Discover the three biggest mistakes first-time Cobra buyers make...and how you'll sidestep all of them!
Daytona Cobra Coupes: Carroll Shelby's 1965 World Champions
by Peter Brock, Dave Friedman, George Stauffer
Hdbd., 550 pages, over 600 b&w and color photos.

Main text written by the car's designer, Peter Brock, and photographs compiled by Carroll Shelby's own photographer, Dave Friedman, with additional text written by George Stauffer. This is destined to be the definitive book on one of racing's greatest success stories. Filled with first-hand accounts by those who were there, an unparalleled chronicle, an absolute must have book.
AC Heritage
by Simon Taylor
Sftbd., 8 1/4" x 9", 128 pages, 125 color ill

This book, written by an expert AC enthusiast, fully details the history of the AC Company, which can be traced back to 1904, and the vehicles themselves. Contents include coverage of the elegant pre-war cars, the Ace and Aceca, the 428 and post-war 2 Litre and, of course, the incomparable Cobra. Filled with 125 vivid color photographs of ACs throughout the years.
Shelby: Cobra, Mustang & Dodge
by Steve Statham
Sftbd., 8 1/4" x 9", 96 pages, 80 color ill

The great cars of the legendary Carroll Shelby! Feast your eyes on Shelby's fabulous creations beginning with the dynamic Cobra, including the Coupes and big block models. Included also are incredible GT350 and GT500, as well as modern incarnations such as today's amazing Dodge Viper. Bring your library up to date with this all color look at the great cars built or designed by automotive legend Carroll Shelby.
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Soon to be published Books
Shelby American World Registry (1996 Edition) (Available 12/96)
Edited by the Shelby American Automobile Club

Updated 1996 edition, expected to be available in March, will be nearly 1,000 pages and will contain much new information. Covers EVERY Shelby Cobra, Mustang, and GT40 with production dates, specs, history, design and development, plus anecdotes from owners.
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Documentary video cassette tapes
All video cassette tapes listed are recorded using the North American NTSC television broadcast system standard and are recorded on the VHS video cassette tape format.
Cobra 289 - 427
(c) 1983 RLA, 30 minutes
Video documentary of these models. Strongly recommended. Detailed look at engine, suspension, interior, exterior, details, modifications, serial numbers, etc., on a number of cars, plus interviews with owners and Mike McCluskey, noted Cobra restorer. Includes car numbers CSX2046, CSX2010, CSX3351 and CSX3017, and driving session at Willow Springs.
Carroll Shelby: The Man & His Cars
(c) 1990 A Hay Fisher Production, 58 minutes
A remarkable and engaging video profile of the 1959 Le Mans winner who became famous for the AC Cobra and his involvement with the famous GT40 development program. The story is related by Shelby himself along with Phil Hill, Roy Salvadori, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and others, whilst excellent archive footage, ranging from Nassau 1955 to Le Mans 1969, brings to life a fascinating chapter in motor racing history.
Carroll Shelby: An Interview with the Snake
(c) 1992 Global Television Network, Ltd., approx. 1 hour
The producers of the hit TV series Wild About Wheels bring you a full hour "auto" biography of the creator of history's most exciting sports cars, Carroll Shelby. The snake charmer himself takes you through the years of his many motoring exploits. In this exciting program you'll re-live with Shelby the development of the Cobra and the GT350, and hear about his collaboration with Dan Gurney, former driver for Shelby American who won the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Shelby prepared GT40. Rare footage and never before seen photos recreate the greatest moments in Shelby's illustrious career. You'll also meet celebrities such as Phill Hill, Stirling Moss, and Jay Leno. Created by Shelby American Automobile Club member Bill Stephens. A must for every Cobra enthusiast!
Carroll Shelby, A Heart of Performance, Cobra to Viper
(c) 1993 Global Television Network, Ltd., 30 minutes
This is the exciting story of Carroll Shelby, from the awesome Cobra to the incredible Viper. For over 30 years the cars that have carried his name have been some of history's most powerful performers. Shelby's story is an American saga that began on the local road courses of the midwest and exploded onto the world's most famous arenas of speed. His mighty Cobras brought a world championship to America, the Shelby Mustangs gave Ford a sports car that clobbered the Corvettes and the GT-40 became a champ at Le Mans four consecutive times, all thanks to the efforts and imagination of this tall Texan. Along with rare vintage footage of the Cobras in action, you'll visit with Shelby in two exclusive interviews where he talks about his life and times. Plus, you'll be taken to his southern California factory to see his newly constructed 427 SC Cobras valued at $500,000. "Carroll Shelby, A Heart of Performance, Cobra to Viper" is an all American tale that captures every bit of the excitement of the Shelby legacy.
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Feature video cassette tapes
The Gumball Rally
1976, Color, 107 minutes, Directed by Chuck Bail.
Starring: Michael Sarrazin. Co-Starring: Normann Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery, Steven Keats, Tim McIntire, Joanne Nail, J. Pat O'Malley, Nicholas Pryer, Raul Julia, Harvey Jason, Vaughn Taylor, Tricia O'Neil, Med Flory.

The grandaddy of many cross-country speed spectacles that have raced across movie screens in the past two decades. Put your pedal to the metal for "The Gumball Rally." New York City is the starting point and this supersonically silly contest ends 2,900 miles later in Los Angeles. In between, director Chuck Bail (coordinator of many classic movie stunt sequences) and a comical crew of actors and stuntpersons treat you to one truly breakneck road movie. Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon) plays a daredevil in a 600 horsepower Camaro. Italian Grand Prix champ Raul Julia (The Addams Family) is an incurable romantic in a Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?)as the race's crafty overconfident organizer pilots a 427 Cobra. All manner of cars and cycles zoom past your eyes on the way to the prize.
Spinout
1966, Color, 93 minutes, Directed by Norman Taurog.
Starring: Elvis Presley. Co-Starring: Shelly Fabares, Deborah Walley, Diane McBain, Jack Mullaney, Will Hutchens, Warren Berlinger, Jimmy Hawkins, Dodie Marshall, Una Merkel, Cecil Kellaway and Carl Betz.

When three gorgeous girls go after Elvis Presley, they have a lot more than each other as rivals. They have to compete with the sleek curves and shiny good looks of a high powered 427 Cobra. In "Spinout," Elvis plays a singer-race car driver who has a single-minded desire to remain single. Pursuing him is a trio of lovelies with an itch to get hitched: the love-besotted drummer in his band, a spoiled heiress and the author of The Perfect American Male (who thinks she's finally found him). But, no matter how lovely, three is a crowd for Elvis, a point he underscores with the title song "Stop, Look, Listen," "Adam and Evil," "Never Say Yes" plus five more tunes.
Viva Las Vegas
1963, Color, 85 minutes, Directed by George Sidney.
Starring: Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Co-Starring: Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair.

The dynamite pairing of The King at the peak of his career with the vivacious Ann-Margret, plus the sure-bet combination of high-voltage musical numbers, roaring race cars including 289 Cobras, and lots of glittery Vegas action galore make Viva Las Vegas "Elvis Presley's most popular movie" (The MGM Story). As a race car driver determined to win the Vegas Grand Prix, Elvis must come up with enough cash to buy a new high powered engine for his car. But it's his heart that's racing when he meets a woman that distracts him from his goal: lovely swimming instructor Ann-Margret. Along with luminous star power, its razzle-dazzle Vegas funfest of showgirls and showcases and its climactic, hair-raising finale, the film delivers ten knockout songs. Among them: "What I'd Say," "The Lady Loves Me," and the smash-hit title tune.
The Killers (1964)
1964, Color, 125 minutes. Directed by Donald Siegel. Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickenson, and John Cassavetes. Co-Starring: Ronald Reagan, Clu Gulager.
"The Killers" is a melodramatic thriller based on an Ernest Hemingway story. Two professional assassins (Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager) become curious that their victim, Johnny North (John Cassavetes) refuses to run from inevitable death. They know that North has been involved in a million-dollar mail robbery. Supposedly he has double-crossed his accomplices and fled with the money. The assassins decide to track down the man who hired them to kill North hoping that he will lead them to the million dollars. Their curiousity unravels the mail holdup plot which involves North's alleged girlfriend, Sheila Farr (Angie Dickenson) who is being kept by Browning (Ronald Reagan), a wealthy, unscrupulous underworld character. There is 289 Cobra racing action at a western U.S. race track where, unfortunately, the Cobra driven by North meets a fiery end.
Redline 7000 (1965)
Actor: James Caan
Caan drives a '65 GT350 through out. Also there is a scene with a real cobra daytona coupe (on loan from Shelby American).
Hollywood Knights (1980's)
Actor: Tony Danza
A great scene between a Bonzi driven silver 427 cobra and a street rod.
Bad Boys
Actor: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.
Towards the end of the movie, there is a car chase between a Porsche 911 and a Cobra. Too bad, but the Cobra looses and is totaled.
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