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1953 Wright Special Race Car Could Have Inspired the Shelby Cobra – Daniel Patrascu @autoevolution

1953 Wright Special Race Car Could Have Inspired the Shelby Cobra – Daniel Patrascu @autoevolution

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It may look like it’s made to be soft, both physically and mechanically, but it’s not. This special race car, built on a Maserati chassis born before the second world war, reached back in 1957 quarter mile top speeds of 117 mph (188 kph).

What we have in front of our eyes is called the 1953 Wright Special Race Car, named so after Johnny Wright, the man responsible for coming up with the body of the car. A body that looks as if it’s made of Play-Doh, but is actually a hand-crafted aluminum piece that has a strange familiarity to it.

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The Bill Thomas Cheetah

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The Bill Thomas Cheetah was a sports car designed, engineered entirely with American components, and built from 1963 to 1966 by Chevrolet performance tuner Bill Thomas. It was developed as a competitor to Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. The story of the car is here on Wikipedia

The cars often attract a huge premium at auction, a couple of examples can be found here 1967 Chevrolet Cheetah at Russo & Steele which is actually believed to a 1964 & here Cheetah sold for a world record price