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Daytona Coupe, 289 and 427 Cobras

Cobra Manuals - Introduction


This section includes a number of Cobra Owners Manuals and Parts Manuals. The Owners manuals are reprints of the manuals furnished with the original Cobras. The Parts Manuals are scanned copies of some of my older Cobra documents.


AC Cobra Chassis Instruction Manual: The manual that accompanied the original 289 Cobra Roadster was a relatively crude (by today's standards) document. It covered some of the normal "owners manual" items as well as a number of unusual aspects of the car. It includes everything from the basic dimensional and capacity specifications to rebuilding the differential to assembling the soft top. It makes for some interesting reading. Click either the title text or the front cover photo for a link to a for a  PDF copy of the entire manual. 

AC Cobra Chassis Instruction Manual


427 Cobra Chassis Instruction Manual: The manual that accompanied the original 427 Cobra Roadster was minimally changed from the 289 manual. It had a few new pictures, updated engine information, but not much else was revised. Again it makes for some interesting reading, but not a lot of detailed information. I guess that they figured that if you bought a car like the 427 Cobra, you better know what you are doing and a manual was really the last place you would check. Click either the title text or the front cover photo for a link to a for a  PDF copy of the entire manual. 

Cobra 427 Chassis Instruction Book Owners Handbook


1967 Shelby American Parts Catalog: The following is a scan of some of the more interesting portions of a Shelby American Parts catalog from 1967. By this time, a lot of the catalog was devoted to the Shelby Mustang, but there were still a number of items directed to the Cobras. I found this document while cleaning out some old files that I've had since college.The information still makes for some interesting reading 50 years later. One of the pages shows the list prices of many of the components. IF we had only known then! Click either the title text or the front cover photo for a link to a for a  PDF copy of the entire manual. 

1967 Shelby American Parts Catalog (partial)


Cobra Performance Parts Catalog: The following is a scan of some of the Cobra Performance Parts catalog from 1974. Cobra Performance opened shop in the mid 1970s in Sacramento California after purchasing most (if not all) of the remaining availalbe Cobra parts. The catalog gives some insight into the Cobra parts of this period. Particularily interesting is the documentation of which parts and pieces are interchangable between the 289 and 427 Cobras.Click either the title text or the front cover photo for a link to a PDF copy of the entire manual.

Cobra Performance