by Rafael Abramyan
For the past 2 decades, I have been involved with a couple Shelby Cobra restoration projects to reupholster Shelby Cobra interiors to their original factory conditions, most recently a very famous 1967 Shelby Cobra.
I have earned an outstanding reputation for my custom Shelby Cobra upholstery skills on classic Shelby Cobra show car winners.
Restoring an original Shelby Cobra ranks among my Top 3 much prized classic American sports cars, but the majority of my auto upholstery services still fall in the category of reupholstering European classic & exotic sports car interiors, with a specialty in Jaguar restoration.
Shelby Cobra auto upholstery and restoration projects, please contact:
Car Classic Interiors
15735 Strathern Street
Los Angeles, CA 91406
I had the pleasure of restoring the interior of an original 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 (not a replica kit car).
When I asked the owner the significance of the license plate "Gumball", he told me this was 1 of the 2 original 1967 Shelby Cobras [CSX 3243 and CSX 3255] in the 1976 movie, "The Gumball Rally."
Because the owner didn't want me to replace the original black leather seats, I was asked to repair the stitches only. However, I did replace the original Shelby carpeting and leather door panels. It was a simple job, and a whole lot of fun!
Watch a video clip of this 1967 Shelby Cobra from "The Gumball Rally." It shows the Shelby Cobra racing a Ferrari Daytona in Los Angeles!
Restoring Shelby's legendary 2-door roadster, powered by a 428 cubic inch (7.01 L) V-8 engine, reminded me of a time when I restored the interior of an original 1957 BMW 507 roadster.