It all started in GB!
The "only" thning Mr Shelby did, was to put a big V8 into a small British Car and called it Cobra.
BTW: Mr Shelby went to court to defend "his" design, so that there no unallowed fakes anymore. The Judge just said, that it is silly, as he already stolen the design and should have a look to Italy...
Next sidenote: a very well knowen Cobra builder is very near to my home. They build Cobras with 730 up to 1200 HP!!!
Weineck in Bad Gandersheim
My Dad has been there two days ago, as a friend needs an enginerebuild for his Iso (but it will be std configuration).