Originally Posted by Big-Foot
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I really like the dashboard in the Roadster..
Interesting that many of the competition cars had additional scoops/airdams under the grill opening. Along with the twin nostril hoods, I suspect it was to address heating issues in that automotive aerodynamics had not quite progressed to the point of using airdams at that time..
Here's a companion article also from 1965, tracing the history of Shelby and A.C Cars Ltd's efforts up to that date. Mostly Cobra stuff initially, but the GT40 stuff appears at the end, including some dynamite detailed shots of the dash in the roadster. Notice that it was a slapped-together, unfinished affair, with no speedometer fitted, no steering wheel emblem, etc.
Same mechanics as above; right-click on 'Download document' to save it to your hard drive. Left-clicking SHOULD open it in a new browser window, but it's not working for me because the file is too big I think. Shelby American and A.C. Cars Ltd.
As far as the aero is concerned, they were still fooling around with the nose of the car when these photos were taken in early-mid 1965, hacking and whacking, lengthening etc. It wasn't until late in the year when they arrived at what became the definitive Mk 1 nose, which didn't change after that. (The Mk II nose has some subtle differences, and at least one Mk 1, P/1010, the Peter Sadler car, was at one point equipped with a Mk II nose...)