Shelby Cobra

Palm Beach Customs Restoration Services Shelby Cobra

by | Aug 14, 2012 | Restoration

We are Palm Beach Customs, serving the Lee County area, Fort Myers, Naples, and Sarasota. Clients ship their cars from all over the USA to Palm Beach Customs Restoration Services and have their cars restored and back to their former glory. 

Palm Beach Customs Restoration Services restores a Shelby. 

Carroll Shelby had a vision that changes the automobile industry forever. 

He was born in Leesburg, Texas, and had a great passion for speed. He wanted to design and develop a high-performance, efficient American sports car that he could drive in racing contests worldwide. The car that brought Shelby immense fame is the 1962 Cobra.

The history of Cobra started in 1961 when Shelby saw the Ace as a potential choice. Its Bristol engine was beginning to lose sheen. He was Ace’s huge admire and wanted to restore its performance before it was gone forever. 

That led him to make the AC chassis just a year later in 1962.

The amalgamation between British Ace roadster and Ford’s hot new V-8 engine caught the sports car industry by storm. His career as a champion race driver was in height, winning contests worldwide, including the smashing victory over sophisticated models like Ferraris and Corvettes.

However, a heart condition discovered during this time changed Caroll Shelby’s life completely.

He began a new chapter in his life as an automotive engineer. That did not stop him from following his dreams. Since he couldn’t drive, he created cars that would give others the thrill he craved.

The created cars were lighter, faster, and able to beat out the world’s fastest cars. Of the several achievements, the greatest was designing the AC Cobra or, more prominently, the Shelby Cobra. The car that made him a legend.

Shelby’s original model was kept by himself over the years as his own personal car. Its price on one recent auction was $5 million. 

Palm Beach Customs got an exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal to this amazing car. 

Our client, the famous engineer, Dick Crook, stopped at our shop in Fort Myers to have us restore that incredible muscle car.

Restoring muscle cars is undoubtedly a great thing that car owners can do to preserve their glory. Having designed and manufactured radiators for Peterbilt, Kenworth, Mack, Freightliner, and more, Crook precisely knew what it meant to get the Cobra restored. He once owned an original Shelby cobra back in the late 1960s.

He was particularly specific about the car due to its history and the kind of glory associated with such wheels. Getting the Shelby restored was an incredible experience. Our Team at Palm Beach Customs understands the business of restoring hot rods and realize this is a very personal experience for the owners.

John and Dick became close friends through the Restoration Process and now consider each other family.

To Palm Beach Customs, restoration services of a classic car mean bringing American generations together. High compression engines and horse-powered engines are part of the history of muscle cars. That requires restoration services to rebuild the old blocks.

At Palm Beach Customs, SWFL, we strive to create the best for your hot rods. Restoring antique cars is a time-consuming job. Getting the paint applied on the car body and making it shine to its full splendor is a fantastic experience.

Contact us to learn more. We also offer company graphics, truck design, lettering, and paint services.

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