. Cobra Ranch Historical Automotive Blog: Featuring Wally Wyss

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Monday, November 13, 2023

DeTomaso Pantera Sees the Light After Being Buried in Dust for 45 Years


    De Tomaso might not be a brand that younger car enthusiasts recognize, but seasoned aficionados with a bit of experience will surely recognize this classic Italian car with both style and muscle. Take note as this 1972 De Tomaso Pantera is discovered under years of dust after being long-forgotten.  Despite being neglected, this hidden treasure has bodywork and a chassis in great condition, minimal rust issues and is ready to be fully restored.  Even more surprising, the Pantera's interior is also well-preserved, with original gauges, an intact headliner, soft seats, and the factory 8-track stereo. With the thumbs up from the expert, the next step is to move the car out of the barn and onto a flatbed truck for further restoration.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Shelby Wins 10-Year Legal Battle Over "Eleanor” Car Use In Gone In 60 Seconds Films


        Although Carroll Shelby never got to see this win before his death in 2012, The Shelby American brand has finally seen victory after 10+ years over the rights to use the “Eleanor” name. This name was given to the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 featured in the film Gone in 60 Seconds. Shelby American has tussled with Denice Halicki, widow of the film’s maker H.H. “Tony” Halicki; however, a court has now ruled that the Shelby Trust has the rights to the Eleanor name on muscle cars, putting it in full control of the trademarks and trade dress which are essential to the image of the Shelby brand. Shelby took to the courts to protect its valued licensees and owners of Ford Shelby GT500s. Perhaps now we will see tribute projects move forward without being held back by Halicki.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?

     Well, it seems writing a book takes a toll on available keystrokes per day.  Not only has time been poured into producing literature, but also research and general focus.  Several stories were put on hold, and may be irrelevant now, and for this I apologize, but in exchange, you will soon be able to pick up 50 chapters of automotive treasure hunting. 
A snippet from the publisher:
     Barn Find: no two words are more exciting to a car collector. All over the world, car collectors compete for that ultimate find—a rare model car forgotten in a barn and covered with dirt and boxes that can be bought for a song. If it's the right car, it can make you a fortune. This book is about just some of those barn finds—the $2 million Corvette prototype given away to the first person who asked; the mysterious Oldsmobile “dream car” found dismantled in boxes; the one-off mid-engine Cobra, and most prized of all, the “dream cars” of the 1950’s - documented concept cars that once graced the revolving platform of the world’s auto shows. Barn Finds also reveals the cars that are still out there, unaccounted for, and waiting to be found – maybe in a barn very near you!