. 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.