At a young age, in my teens, during the '60s, which IMHO was the golden age of performance cars and sports cars. Like every guy my age, I wanted a Corvette. I eventually was able to buy a Corvette. It was a '66 Ragtop. I paid $3,600.00 or it. I kept the car for many years. Originally it had a 300 hp., 327 small block. I swapped that out for a stock Z/28 302, and eventually swapped that out for a balanced and blueprinted LT 1. It was the quickest car I had ever been in or driven up to that point. During my teen years I learned about the Shelby AC Cobra and the Shelby 427 Cobra. After learning about the 427 Cobra I dreamed of having one. Eventually I was able to buy a Classic Roadster Cobra 427 Replica, powered by a pretty hot 302. I still dreamed of owning a real 427 Cobra. Around that time I learned that Shelby had started to produce the ever famous Cobra. I was able to order a 4000 Series, 427 SC Cobra. I researched it and specd out the car exactly the same as the famous '65 Cobra. I had a 427 Side Oiler built by Keith Craft Performance Engines in the States. Eventually the car came together. It was frighteningly fast! Everything you have heard about these cars is true. Not a car to take for granted, as soon as you disrespect it, it will bite you in the ass. It is a very unforgiving car to drive, very uncomfortable, and hot. One of the greatest experiences in my life was to own and drive the world's fastest production car since 1965, and held that title till just about a decade ago. It will still keep up and polish off many of todays supercars, in acceleration.
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