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 This endeavor uncovered unknown histories and facts, as well as hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and documents.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 Great Book! December 27, 2022
Reviewer: Michael from Winnipeg, MB.  
Book was well done.
Price was fair.
Well packed.


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5 of 5 Amazing December 19, 2022
Reviewer: C. Elmore from WI, United States  
This a fantastic book. I have been carrying it around the house for several weeks since it arrived. That's not easy -- it's heavy! The amount of research and time that went into producing this book is significant. The quality of the printing is top-notch. No Cobra or Shelby fan should be without this two-volume set, but as the book does such a great job of covering a significant automobile, no car enthusiast or historian should be without this book, either.

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1 of 5 Very bad quality September 19, 2022
Reviewer: calo, stephane from Coudeville Sur mer, FR France  
Reprint very bad copy , don't worth the value asked

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5 of 5 Shelby Cobras CSX 2001 - 2125 September 9, 2022
Reviewer: MALCOLM WELFORD from IRVINE, CA United States  
Superb book, beautifully presented and delivered, thank you

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5 of 5 Shelby Cobras: CSX 2001 – CSX 2125 March 11, 2022
Reviewer: George Cushman from Springfield, VA United States  
Incredible book - a wealth of information about each vehicle.  Great selection of pictures, most never seen before.

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