Classics Revealed: The Shelby Cobra The Shelby Cobra is perhaps the World's most iconic and thus copied car. Less than 1000 original Ford AC Cobras were built by Carroll Shelby. Tens of Thousands of copies. In this exclusive TFLcar video we visit Superformace in Southern California to learn why the Shelby Cobra is such an iconic race car and automobile. Superformance along with Carroll Shelby's own Shelby Automobiles, Inc build what many call "Continuation Cars".