Ten Facts about the AC Cobra: 3. Most AC Cobras you see today are replicas, not one of the original run of cars. The Cobra was actually made for only a short time, from 1962 to 1965. In 1966 Shelby American liquidated his stock and closed up shop, making the existing cars incredibly valuable. Only 655 models with leaf springs were made, and another 343 with coil springs in the rear were produced, bringing the production total to only 998.