Overview


At the end of 1962, AC's chief engineer completed a major redesign of the car's front end and was able to fit it with rack and pinion steering. The new car entered production early 1963 and was designated MKII.


At the end of 1962, AC's chief engineer completed a major redesign of the car's front end and was able to fit it with rack and pinion steering. The new car entered production early 1963 and was designated MKII. Only 75 MKIIs were produced with worm-and-sector steering while the remaining 528 Mark II Cobras were produced with rack-and-pinion steering until November 1964.

Later, Shelby offered a drag package, known as the Dragonsnake. Only five were produced by the factory, with three others prepared by customers using the drag package. Only one contained the 427ci V8.

Production Numbers


MKII Roadster 289CI w/ Worm-and-Sector 75
MKII Roadster 289CI w/ Rack-and-Pinion 538
Total Production 613

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
HiPo V8 260ci 1x1bbl 260 at 5800 269 lb-ft at 4800 4.2 sec 13.8 sec
Race Ready 260ci 4 Weber Carbs 335 @ 8500 - - -
Cobra 289ci - 280 at 5800 314 lb-ft at 3400 - -

Transmission


  • 4-Speed Manual

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Black
Titanium
Shelby Guardsman Blue
Monza Red
Navy Blue
Dark Silver
Wimbledon White
Yellow

Interior

Black

OEM Brochures


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