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5 new 1960s Shelby 'Dragonsnake' Cobras for sale at a jaw-dropping price

One of the most legendary American sports cars of the 1960s has returned.

The Shelby “Dragonsnake” Cobra was a version of the iconic roadster that was developed for drag racing.

The V8-powered two-seater first hit the track in 1963 and found great success on the country’s quarter-mile tracks, claiming dozens of victories over the next few years, including titles at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship.

“The 1960s Shelby ‘Dragonsnake’ program began when a small group of young Shelby American production employees developed and drag raced a pair of the roadsters to amazing success,” Shelby American president Gary Patterson said.

dragon side

The vehicle features a tube chassis and aluminum body. (Shelby American)

Five all-new cars will be produced with authentic tube frame chassis and aluminum bodies.

The first wears the purple paint job and graphics of an original car that was first raced by Bruce Larson and went on to claim the most victories of any Shelby.

Bruce Larson's Dragonsnake

Bruce Larson’s Dragonsnake was the most successful Shelby ever. (Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“Pennsylvanian Bruce Larson was a rock star in the 1960s with his drag racing Shelby Cobra,” said Parker Shepley, business manager at Legendary GT.

The suspension uses the original design, but is equipped with adjustable Penske shocks, and the car features rack and pinion steering and 1963-style disc brakes. A hardtop has been added for improved aerodynamics, just like Larson’s car.

dragon wheel

The car features an old-fashioned wood steering wheel and T-grip shifter. (Shelby American)

Pricing starts at a jaw-dropping $750,000, but that’s less than you’d have to pay for one of the original five cars. A yellow one that was built in 1965 was auctioned in 2022 for $1,375,000.

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