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I am hoping that some one here can help me on some Cobra trivia that has bugged me for at least 35 or so years. I know what CSX stands for. C third iteration of the the Tojeiro Ace design. S for Shelby and X for export. So on the COB and COX cars, C is as above, X is also as above and B is for UK, mainly right hand drive, though some B were exported and some X remained in England. So what the heck does O stand for?
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Hello Harpoon.

Easy explanation. According to the World Registry, UK Cobras had the prefix COB for "CObra Britain"
and COX cars were "CObra eXport", covering left hand drive cars for sale in Europe.
The four digit number that followed both the COB and COX prefixes numbered from 6001 through to 6062.

I believe that the prefix "CSX" comes from "Carroll Shelby Experimental", not "export".
Arguably, the "C" in COB and COX could refer to those English/Continental COB/COX cars being the "C" iteration of the AC Ace.

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The AC’s in first Vin numbers had AC’s engines. The BE in second design stood for “Bristol Engine” not B version. Production of the Bristol engine stopped in 1961
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Remember that the Bristol engine Ace was not the car immediately preceding the Cobra. That was the RS2.6. Cobra's early in production, were still referred to as Ace's.

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LMH is correct, the Ford Zephyr 2.9, (not to be confused with our V12 Zephyr engines) powered the true third iteration. With the new engine and face lift, it should have been C, then 260-289 Cobras D and 427, with it's complete overhaul should have been D. However we are talking AC, which belonged to the Hurlock family. AC LTD could have bought Carrol out of petty cash! AC cars was a hobby for Derick Hurlock.
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Just found out what O stands for, Other, meaning not assembled by Shelby, instead Assembled by AC. Although, that levees out Ed Hugas and TASCA Ford, who assembled early Cobras back East. Ed sold the first private Cobra, CSX2001. If you want to see some wild badge placement on a Cobra, then look it up, not talking about what it looks like today, but back in 62. That car had on it's nose, the winged Shelby AC Cobra badge, then below it the AC round medallion. At least one other car had the same placement. If you don't know who Ed was, he's the one who saved Shelby twice! Once at the beginning, when the whole Cobra thing was starting out and then, when Ford was going to take the Cobra program away, Ed talked Ford into sending an accountant to get things somewhat into the black instead.

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The X for experimental can be disproved easily, both the Ac engine and Bristol powered Ace and Aceca used X for left hand cars, exported. As for the CObra, well old wives tails die hard!
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