Classic 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 vs Ferrari 458 Italia [video]

Gentleman's bet of $400,000 is made over which car will win in a quarter-mile drag race

Here's a promotional video for a "gentleman's agreement" drag race between a Ferrari 458 Italia owner and a friend with a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427.

The bet is for $400,000 (€282,034/£246,100), which the winner of the quarter-mile drag race will walk away with, along with pride intact.

The tagline on the video reads: Old American Muscle vs New Italian Elegance.

The trailer on this challenge leads us to favor elegance over muscle and that the winner is likely to be Tom Goldstein, owner of the 458 Italia. But we don't know what kind specs each of the cars are really running. Dan Bilzeria's Shelby Cobra 427 has got to be packing enough muscle for him to put up the 400 grand to think he can beat the 458.

The trailer:

Source: NSEntertainment via ZerCustoms

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No contest with humongous dragster tyres on the Cobra. Ferrari must be furious with this PR disaster!
Mar 23, 2011 8:22 pm
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I'm getting a bit tired of biased result videos.
Mar 22, 2011 9:32 pm
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Yeah, but look at the tires on the the Shelby! Then there's the whole issue of displacement... It'd be nice to see Shelby offer something other than the Series 1, which was a nice looking car but was plagued by all sorts of issues. And big thumbs up @ 26s and 3:52 into the vid! Nioce!
Mar 22, 2011 6:02 pm
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Thats right, shelby is fitted with drag tires, this was the first time I noticed. I Must say I`m a bit dissapoited by this cheating....
Mar 22, 2011 6:47 pm
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Must say love the flag girl :D
Mar 22, 2011 3:36 pm
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and i will spoil the fun :) the result is.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hTf0bj7Ho0U
Mar 22, 2011 3:21 pm
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Thanks kryst, the article has been updated.
Mar 22, 2011 3:55 pm
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What are Brabus wheels doing there?
Mar 22, 2011 3:17 pm
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you can sorta see the shelby pull out a head right near the end. but we never know :P hahaha
Mar 22, 2011 3:12 pm
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