Shelby Cobras: CSX 2001 – CSX 2125:
The Definitive Chassis-by-Chassis History of the Mark I Production Cars
Robert D. Walker

Shelby Cobras: CSX 2001 - CSX 2125 by Robert Walker
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Shelby Cobras: CSX 2001 – CSX 2125
The Definitive Chassis-by-Chassis History of the Mark I Production Cars

by Robert D. Walker

Carroll Shelby’s creation of the Cobra automobile during 1961-1962 transformed an aging British sports car into a 1965 World Manufacturers GT Championship winner for Shelby American. Today, the Cobra is still one of the most recognized automobiles in the world.

This book narrates the work required to develop the first production Ford-powered AC Ace 3.6 roadsters that today are referred to as Mark I Leaf Spring Cobras. Seasoned Cobraphiles, novice enthusiasts and especially those who had the foresight to buy the cars, will enjoy the hundreds of fascinating snippets and backstories about the people and the cars. The author has researched each of the 125 production Mark I Cobras built and conducted several hundred interviews with the people connected with each car. This endeavor uncovered unknown histories and facts, as well as hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and documents.

Despite the lion’s share of accolades going directly to Carroll Shelby and the staff at Shelby American for the success of the Cobra, some portion of that credit rightfully belongs to the hardworking craftsmen employed at AC Cars in the 1960s. The Cobra could not have been created without them. Virtually everything except the Mark I Cobra’s Ford engine and transmission had been hand-built by old-world craftsman in England. That partnership reflects the best of the Anglo-American spirit and produced one of the most iconic automobiles ever built.

  • 230mm x 280mm
  • 2 Volumes
  • Hard cover with dust jacket in slipcase
  • 1,052 pages
  • 1,569 images
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Author Biography

Robert Walker grew up in Hayward, California and received a BA degree in Public Relations from San Jose State College in 1965 and a Masters in Industrial Arts from Chico State College two years later. He then taught Vocational Education and Journalism on the Secondary and Junior College level for 20 years. Subsequently, he and his talented wife, Joy, owned and operated a successful retail furniture business for over ten years and retired to Pebble Beach, California in 1998.

From an early age, he owned a series of convertibles and sports cars and his enthusiasm was cemented when he bought a Ferrari and then took a driving class at Russell Racing School at Laguna Seca in 1993. The next year, his wife bought him a 1963 Elva Courier for a Christmas present. He has also restored a 1958 Elva Courier and raced both cars in club events and the Monterey Historics as a member of the Historic Motor Sports Association and with Steve Earl’s General Racing. He continues to restore sports cars and fabricate race car parts for vintage racing applications.

This is Bob’s second book, the first was Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story, also published by Dalton Watson.

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5 of 5 Shelby Cobras January 25, 2022
Reviewer: Tom Schultz from Wauwatosa, WI United States  
I have the book(s) and they are mind boggling. Detail beyond belief. My compliments to Mr. Walker for the most pain-staking research that this involved. Everything about every owner, color, repair is in here. I am somewhat surprised that it does not list the date and type of oil used for every oil change! It is that complete. Race histories are general and not every race listed, but this was not intended to be a race by race history. Cobra fanatics will go nuts over this two volume set. Warning--when the post man drops this off at your door you will need a fork lift to get it inside. It is heavy!

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5 of 5 Incredible historical documentation January 24, 2022
Reviewer: Scott Vassh from Highland Village, TX United States  
Two volume set in a cover case books are large heavy and printed in full color on heavy paper. The quality of the printed books is one thing. The actual content is even more spectacular. An incredible amount of historical documents and photographs for each car in the initial series. This will be appreciated by any lover of the Shelby Cobra legend.

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5 of 5 December 21, 2021
Reviewer: Peter Bastian from Coesfeld, NRW Germany  
perfect book, fast delivery, thank you!

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