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A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

If you’re hoping to add a bright new statement piece to your garage, it doesn’t get any shinier than this: A Shelby Cobra CSX4000 Series Roadster with a hand-crafted aluminum body will be going up for auction next month.

The sporty two-seater is a 1965 model of sorts; it was actually built in the early 2000s to honor the 40th anniversary of the Shelby company. It’s No. 29 of 40 made, and only one of five with a hand-crafted, polished aluminum body. Under the hood, an all-aluminum Shelby 427 FE Stroker V-8 engine powers the Cobra with 535 horses and 545 ft lbs of torque. The car also features a Toploader four-speed manual transmission and two Holley four-barrel carburetors. Other standout features include rack and pinion steering, a four-wheel Baer disc brake system and a Shelby/Dana 44 rear differential.

A peek under the hood 

Mecum Auctions

Outside,  the Cobra is nothing if not striking. Its classic curvaceous body comes adorned with brushed aluminum stripes down the middle and a chrome roll hoop. The 15-inch Trigo knock-off wheels are accompanied by vintage Goodyear Eagle Billboard racing tires. And the clear wheel-well protection is contrasted with the soft black fender guards.
Almost as if to let the exterior shine even brighter, the interior is downright minimalist. There’s a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a Carroll Shelby–signed glovebox. The seat upholstery, meanwhile, is sleek black leather, and both the sun visors and wind wings are made of plexiglass. That’s about it—and that’s all you need.

The roadster in profile 

Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auctions is putting the rare car up for auction in Tulsa from June 9 to 11. No pricing estimates are listed, but a similar model hammered down for $205,000 in 2020, Designboom noted.
Collectors, get those bids ready.

The Dynamic New 320 HP Ariel Atom Roadster Is a Monstrously Fun Track Assailant

The Dynamic New 320 HP Ariel Atom Roadster Is a Monstrously Fun Track Assailant

If there’s an exception to the adage that the slowest motorcycle is always more exhilarating than the fastest car, it’s the Ariel Atom. Not just because the two-seat roadster qualifies as a car only by the barest definition—a handful of body panels, no power steering, conveniences such as a plastic windscreen come extra and adjusting the seat requires both tools and patience—but because so much face-warping speed is available in such an elemental design. From the molded composite driver’s seat one can sense the sort of raucous, rear-mid-engine, open-air fun Jacky Ickx used to have tossing his Porsche 936 around Le Mans.

That engine is the same 320 hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the bonkers Honda Civic Type R, used here to motivate a machine, at 1,312 pounds dry, that weighs well less than half that car. This fourth-generation Atom represents a full re-engineering over previous iterations; the new car is wider, its wheelbase increased by two inches for better stability at high speeds. It’s odd to call something so explosively dynamic “mannered,” but through Virginia International Raceway’s rollicking, 1.65-mile South Course, the 162-mph, six-speed exoskeleton rocket was that—planted, intuitive and monstrously fun, with little of the old models’ high-limit snappishness. Steering is beautifully weighted, direct but no longer darting. Acceleration feels, roughly, like being hit in the back by a bullet train. 

The Ariel Atom dashboard. 

Shoot for Detail

Ariel will tell you that the Atom 4 can be made road-legal in most states, but for what? Sure, it’s now surprisingly easy and tramline-free to drive around town (except, fair warning, the ceaseless turbo shriek from the overhead air intake is about as pleasant as sitting next to a baby fighter jet that never ever, ever, ever stops screaming; ear plugs are recommended at all times) but for $74,750 to start you get the perfect track weapon, somehow both terrifyingly capable and approachably playful, a pure driver’s machine designed purely for driving, and nothing else.

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