Carroll Shelby had already built around 650 small block powered Cobras before he and his cohorts came up with the novel idea of stuffing 427 cubic inches of Ford muscle into an English sports car. With a top speed of 163mph in standard form and blistering acceleration, the big block Cobra was a fearsome traffic light contender. For those brave customers who craved even more power, Shelby offered the brutal 180mph 427 S/C. Designed initially as a full competition car, Shelby converted the unsold cars for road use and sold them to anyone with enough moolah and bravado. The motoring world was a much more exciting place when people did things just because they could.