The sole Shelby Lonestar was created in secrecy a half-century ago as a a replacement for the lengendary 427 Shelby Cobra. Based on the Ford GT40 chassis the Ford V-8-powered mid-engine coupe was assembled in England during 1968 and wore the name 'Cobra III' in internal Shelby documents.
The Cobra was a very hard act to follow but the Lonestar checked all the right boxes and Shelby had a potent plan. But there were considerable obstacles: Ford had acquired the Cobra name a year earlier. So Shelby, a Texan by birth named his third-generation 'Cobra' after his home state and the Shelby Lonestar was born.
In the end U.S. safety legislation halted the budding project. A disgruntled Shelby left for the wilds of South Africa. The Lonestar was advertised for the then princely sum of $15,000 but there were no takers.
Now after a sensitive and complex ten-year plus restoration, Shelby's only Lonestar makes its international debut.