All started with Carroll Shelby;
AC Cobra, sold in the US as the Shelby Cobra and AC Shelby Cobra, is a british-American sportscar with a V8 engine. The Cobra is produced in both the UK and the US since 1962.
Like many British manufacturers, AC Cars had been using Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace two-seater roadster. In 1961 Bristol decided to cease production of its engine.
In September 1961, American retired race car driver and automotive designer Carroll Shelby wrote to AC asking if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine.
Since the Bristol engine production had ceased they agreed to do so. Shelby asked Corvette if they could provide the engine, but they said no. Did not want any competition to the Corvette. So Shelby turned to Ford and got the engines he asked for. Now AC Cars have success with using Corvette engines and Tremec transmissions in their 2021 Cobras. The new Cobra is just perfect. The best of old and new World in the Car industry.
Automotive manufacturer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby is one of the most famous and successful high performance visionaries in the world. His arrival on the race scene, first as a driver and then as a manufacturer of high-performance vehicles for both track and street, quickly redefined what true performance meant. Shelby was also a pioneer for modern automotive licensing programs; beginning in the 1960s, he began licensing his name and designs for various products. His influence was so considerable that even competitors often wore clothing featuring Shelby trademarks. The brand united a wide range of enthusiasts who held Shelby in undeniable admiration and esteem.
From left: Tom Munthe, Carrol Shelby, and Dag Løkke, signing the contract for distribution of Shelby in Europe. In 2004 the Company was named Supercarz as they imported there Shelby Cobras, two were sold at once and the third one (pictured here) went to France in 2017, thirteen Years later.
Mocom Auto as is a continuation of Shelby Norway as who represented Shelby in Europe some years ago. You are welcome to contact us with any questions you may have through mail or visiting us in Drammen, Norway by appointment only.