Shelby AC Cobra art print


starting at: $ 28

Shelby AC Cobra poster art print by Ilya Avakov. 

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



This story began with a letter wrote by Carol Shelby to the British company AC to ask if they are able to build him a car suitable for V8 engine. The answer was ‘Yes’ and this is how the legendary Shelby Cobra was born.

It wasn’t the first time when British design was combined with American muscle power plant but this one became a legend.

Initially, Carol Shelby asked Chevrolet for a V8 engine but they declined the proposal since GM management didn’t want to create competition for Corvette. Ford wasn’t reluctant like this and luckily they had a brand new V8 engine capable of becoming a Corvette challenger. This way Shelby Cobra was equipped with thin wall 4.2 L V8 Ford engine tuned for high performance. And the car turned out to be a racing success.

Cobra 64 Targa Florio
Targa Floria, 1964 | Photo by Dave Friedman

Shelby Cobra was the most loved, feared and copied American sportscar

Carol Shelby started working on his own car because he was forced to retire from competitions due to health issues as well as because a lot of drivers was killed in racing accidents. His goal was to beat Enzo Ferrari – the dictator like founder of the Scuderia for whom he drove during the 50`s. Even though Shelby didn’t succeed in 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Cobra, he managed to dominate with Ford GT40 competing for his Shelby American racing team. If you are interested in their rivalry, do not miss The Snake and the Stallion, documentary written and directed by Richard Simons.

Well, the story of Carol Shelby and his legendary Cobra sportscars wasn’t as sleek as it seems. During the 90`s, Los Angelis Times found out that Carol Shelby is using a loophole in the vehicle registration procedures in order to cheat customers with new Cobra cars sold as classic builds produced in the 60`s. Later Carol Shelby admitted that the chassis wasn’t built by AC in the United Kingdom. It seems he hired a small local engineering company to do this job.

Now you can own this print dedicated to the American brute Shelby Cobra, beautifully created by Ilya Avakov and carefully issued as poster art print by Simply Petrol.



Ilya Avakov is a gifted artist with a degree in Industrial Design from the Art Academy in the picturesque St. Petersburg. While working as an industrial designer, Ilya became a craving for drawing and illustrations. He started creating his own digital illustrations, then left the computer for genuine painting with acrylic.

At the moment Ilya Avakov works with oil. A source of inspiration for him are both cars and the work of other artists. His artworks were published in many print media, including magazines and books. When he is not seized by the automotive art he loves to play football.


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Medium – 28 x 16 inches | 70 x 42 cm, Mini – 16 x 8 inches | 40 x 20 cm, Small – 20 x 12 inches | 50 x 30 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Ilya Avakov
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