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The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles

Cobras, Mustangs, and Super Snakes

The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles
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Author:

Colin Comer

Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760335789
Publisher: Motorbooks
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Illustrations: 294 color & 138 b/w photos
Size: 9.625 x 11 x .9488
Weight: 3.563 lb.
Edition: First
Published: Nov. 16, 2009
DC: AP
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Shelbys are the most iconic performance cars in the history of the American auto industry. This lavishly illustrated work conducts readers through Shelby American's forty-plus years. An exhaustive review of American high performance, from the first Cobra produced in 1962 through today's fire-breathing, world-beating Shelby GT500KR Mustang, The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles offers an in-depth look at the ultra high-performance cars that have made Carroll Shelby a living automotive legend. With extensive details, specs, and photographic coverage, this book is the ultimate resource on America’s most exotic performance car.

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Shelby American gained almost instant recognition from the moment the first Cobra hit the street. The entire original Cobra/Ford GT/Shelby Mustang period spanned just over eight years, eight years filled with countless racing accomplishments, the World Manufacturer’s Championship, a 1-2-3 finish at LeMans, you name it and Shelby won it. The underdog did it, and to this day we are still rooting for him. And deservedly so.

The stories and accomplishments are legendary, but none more so than what can only be described as the magic this company and its cars possess to this day. It was the perfect storm. Shelby found the right ingredients, the right talent, the right sponsors, the right drivers, and enough unbridled enthusiasm to take what some had called “a bunch of junk” out into the world and not come home until there wasn’t a challenge they didn’t win. Call it what you will - dumb luck, stubbornness, or just being in the right place at the right time, nobody can deny that we will never see the likes of anything like Shelby ever again.

The Complete Book of Shelby is just that - a complete listing of Shelby automobiles. It is the story of every car ever touched by that Shelby magic. From Cobras to Mustangs, race cars to street cars, AC Cars to Toyota, it is your ticket to knowing a little more about every vehicle that Shelby "messed with" as the big Texan would say. Like anybody else, and any other manufacturer, Shelby had its ups and downs. There were great cars and cars we’d rather forget. But the story is indeed one of legend, and larger than life. The tale and the cars transcend traditional boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you are a Chevy person or a European car enthusiast, a drag racer or a road racer, into NASCAR or sports cars, or even if you're not even really a "car person" there is something about Shelby that appeals to us all. It is an American success story. And not one of us can ever deny we always respect the underdog who beat all the odds to come out on top. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Shelby American. And every one of the cars that follows has that DNA in it. Grab a copy of The Complete Book of Shelby, fasten your lap belt, and enjoy the ride.   www.colinsclassicauto.com

Muscle Car Review, January 2009
“Shelby’s story is oft-told, but this book brings together all of his vehicular projects – from the first Cobra (photographed before he had decided ton the name “Cobra”) to his latest hot Mustangs – with all the highs and lows in between. Author Comer delivers an amazing amount of history in a very readable fashion, and the old-time and contemporary photographs are reproduced beautifully.”

The Shelby American (Shelby American Automobile Club), Fall 2009
“When you see a book described on its cover as being “complete,” your eyebrow automatically goes up. This is especially true when that adjective is describing a book on Shelby cars. There are so many examples, permutations and exceptions swirling around in the Cobra/Shelby universe that it’s almost a slam-dunk to imagine that something was overlooked. This is clearly not the case with SAAC member Colin Comer’s latest book. He tells the story and he gets it just right; he doesn’t gloss over the important stuff and it’s not a puff piece or an homage to Carroll Shelby. The glossy pages of this book have a very high quality feel to them. The reproduction of the photos are second to none and the color values are perfect. You will not be disappointed with this book.”

Examiner.com, October 15, 2009  
"The Complete Book of Shelby is just that - a complete listing of Shelby automobiles. And while the story of Carroll Shelby the man has been told over and over, finally, Comer has given Shelby enthusiasts what they want. Something fresh and new that talks less about the man and more about the cars. Pairing Comer's unique, entertaining writing style with never before seen archival photographs and current pictures, The Complete Book of Shelby is in a class all by itself.

Bangshift.com, November 17, 2009
“Colin Comer's The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles covers all the bases, and we mean all of them. Even the guy who "knows" about Shelby cars will be educated by reading this book. No matter what you think of Carroll Shelby, his story is uniquely American and pretty inspiring. He's a marketer par excellence and has played to his strengths through his long career with cars. This book educated us, awed us with photos, and earned our respect with an balanced look at the long and storied history of the vaunted Shelby name.”

“Colin Comer may have been born to do this book…a beautiful book on every level… this book has it all – lovely writing in a tone of a friend over a pint telling you stories about cars that got away, handsome photographs, important photographs, plenty of inside information and insights, all bound up in a package as elegant and purposeful as the Cobra itself. Bravo.” – Sports Car Market, February 2010

“Colin Comer gives a thorough compilation of detailed information and photography about Shelby Mustangs, Cobras and Super Snakes from 1962 through today’s GT500KR.” – The Kansas City Star, November 27, 2009

“Shelby’s story is oft-told, but this book brings together all of his vehicular projects – from the first Cobra (photographed before he had decided ton the name “Cobra”) to his latest hot Mustangs – with all the highs and lows in between. Author Comer delivers an amazing amount of history in a very readable fashion, and the old-time and contemporary photographs are reproduced beautifully.” – Muscle Car Review, January 2010

“When you see a book described on its cover as being “complete,” your eyebrow automatically goes up. This is especially true when that adjective is describing a book on Shelby cars. There are so many examples, permutations and exceptions swirling around in the Cobra/Shelby universe that it’s almost a slam-dunk to imagine that something was overlooked. This is clearly not the case with SAAC member Colin Comer’s latest book. He tells the story and he gets it just right; he doesn’t gloss over the important stuff and it’s not a puff piece or an homage to Carroll Shelby. The glossy pages of this book have a very high quality feel to them. The reproduction of the photos are second to none and the color values are perfect. You will not be disappointed with this book.” - The Shelby American (SAAC Newsletter)

 “The perfect volume for tracing the lineage of every Shelby-built machine from the first Cobra in 1962 to today's GT500KR.” - Edmunds InsideLine.com, November 24, 2009

“In a few short years, Colin Comer has emerged as a leading voice when it comes to muscle cars and other high-performance American machines. Packed with great vintage images (and much current color photography), it’s perfect for anyone with an interest in great American sports and racing cars.” – Hagerty’s

“No doubt, when they say complete they mean it. The book is some serious reading at around 256 pages, but well worth it. Comer teamed up with one of my favorite automotive photographers, David Newhardt, who produces some amazing photos of various Shelby machines throughout the book. You'll also find plenty of historic photos in the mix. If you are at all interested in Carroll Shelby and Shelby American, I recommend giving this one a read.” – About.com

Vintage Motorsport
“Who needed another book on Shelby anything, yet author Colin Comer delivers in spades, taking the reader on a ride through Shelby American’s exciting 40-plus years, from the very first Cobra to the New Millennium Shelbys. Blended nicely with historic and contemporary photographs, pleasing graphic design adds to the informative and pleasurable read. Specs and details abound, so yes, it’s well worth adding this to your Shelby book collection.”

Sports Car Market
“Colin Comer may have been born to do this book…a beautiful book on every level… this book has it all – lovely writing in a tone of a friend over a pint telling you stories about cars that got away, handsome photographs, important photographs, plenty of inside information and insights, all bound up in a package as elegant and purposeful as the Cobra itself. Bravo.”

Muscle Car Enthusiast
“A lot of ink has been spilled chronicling the life and times of Carroll Shelby, so it’s not easy to produce a Shelby book that delivers a fresh take. Colin Comer’s The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs, and Super Snakes is one of those rare volumes that covers a lot of familiar territory yet finds new things to say.”

Edmunds.com“…that's just what The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles by Colin Comer is. As an in-depth look at perhaps the most interesting series of cars, built by arguably America's most interesting automotive icon, this hardbound tribute to Carroll Shelby's vehicles is over 250 pages of historic (and modern) photos, facts and fun. If you fancy yourself an expert on Shelby automobiles consider reading this book an excellent test of your knowledge, as I'm betting you'll still learn plenty. If you don't know anything about them, here's your chance to get fully caught up in one quick and entertaining read.”

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Contents

 

Introduction: The Chicken Farmer Decides to Build a Race Car

 

Section I: First Bite: The Shelby Cobras and Other Early Projects

 

Part 1: 260/289 Cobras

Chapter 1: Leaf-Spring Cobra Street Cars

Chapter 2: Leaf-Spring Cobra Competition Cars Roadsters

Chapter 3: Cobra Daytona Coupes: As Good As It Gets?

Chapter 4: Small-Block “Dragonsnake” Drag Racers and Slalom Snake: Snakes for Straight Lines and Parking Lots

Chapter 5: 1963–1964 Shelby “King Cobra” Cooper Monacos

 

Part 2: 427 Cobras

Chapter 6: 427 Cobra Street Cars

Chapter 7: 427 Cobra Competition Cars

Chapter 8: 427 Cobra S/C and S/C Completion Cars

Chapter 9: 427 “Dragonsnake” Drag Racer

Chapter 10: 427 Daytona Super Coupe

Chapter 11: The Other Super Snakes: The Twin-Paxton Supercharged 427 Cobras

 

Part 3: Other Shelby Projects

Chapter 12: 1964–1967 Sunbeam Tiger: The Red-Headed Stepchild

Chapter 13: 1968 Shelby Toyota 2000GT SCCA Program: Tokyo Drift

 

Section II: Shelby Fords

 

Part 4: Seeing a Man about a Horse: The Mustang Years

Chapter 14: 1965 GT350: The Texan Gives the Pony Some Teeth

Chapter 15: 1965 GT350 Factory Competition Models (R Models)

Chapter 16: 1965–1966 GT350 Factory Drag Cars

Chapter 17: 1966 GT350

Chapter 18: 1967 GT350 and GT500

News

May 11,2012
Carroll Shelby, a leader in the development of performance automobiles, died May 11 in Dallas, Texas. He was 89. Learn More.
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