Shelby’s 1st Cobra in Ford vs Ferrari

Ford vs Ferrari

Ford vs Ferrari photo courtesy The Petersen Museum, L.A.

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2019) — In anticipation of the “Ford v Ferrari” film, the Petersen Automotive Museum is giving fans an opportunity to see and learn about five vehicles on display throughout the museum—including the first production Shelby Cobra from the “Winning Numbers” exhibit—that are pivotal to the true story behind the movie, —including two cars owned by Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer that will appear in the film.

Opening in theaters November 15, 2019, “Ford v Ferrari” tells the story of Ford’s victory over Enzo Ferrari’s race cars at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. The five vehicles currently on display at the Petersen that help tell this story include the 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, which was ordered by the Ford Motor Company in the name of Henry Ford II and is believed to have inspired a number of 1955 Thunderbird design features; the 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, which is the road car version of the race car in the movie; the 1962 Shelby Cobra, which is the first production Shelby Cobra; as well as the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB SEFAC and 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa which both appeared in the film itself.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa and Shelby Cobra are currently on display in the “Winning Numbers” exhibit, a selection of the first, the fastest and the most famous road and race cars from the private collection of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer. The 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta is on display in The Vault presented by Hagerty and the 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III is on display on the museum’s third floor.

“The story of Ford’s triumph over Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans will be told for generations,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “We’re excited to see the film, but we’re most excited to offer fans of the movie an opportunity to see the cars that will be in the film and learn about other vehicles that are pivotal to the ‘Ford v Ferrari’ back story.” 

“Winning Numbers” runs through January 19, 2020. To learn more about the exhibit, please visit

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