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The Best American Cars and Motorcycles You've Never Heard Of
The Shelby Cobra may be the most knocked-off classic car in history. In 1962, Carroll Shelby, a former Le Mans winner, outfitted a refined English roadster with a big American engine. He stopped production in 1967, and hot rod shops ripped off Shelby's design for 30 years while he worked with Ford and Chrysler. In 2003, at age 80, Shelby founded Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas to make authentic Cobras. The car is bare bones, with a 550-horsepower V-8, two seats, and not much else. Since the Cobra doesn't meet crash test requirements, the engine must be shipped separately.