Introduced in 1964, the original FIA version of the small block Cobra went on to dominate many forms of racing throughout the decade, against well-known foes like Corvette, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. Now you can recapture that racing spirit with the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. Appropriately limited to just 50 examples, this highly desirable throwback will feature a Viking Blue paint job with Arctic White stripes and roundels, a black leather interior, special anniversary badges, a hand-formed fiberglass or aluminum frame, 15-inch powder coated wheels, a complete exhaust, and a car cover. All you need is an engine, transmission, and some open road.
Made to seize on the nostalgia many feel for the cars of yesterday — while blending in some impressive modern tech — the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is a retro-styled two-seater that loses half its top at the touch of a button. Just like the original 1965 911 Targa, it features a wrap-around rear window and roof bar with a removable top section. Unlike the original, the roof is now fully-automatic. Available in two models, the 4 and 4S, you can get yours with up to a 3.8-liter flat six producing 400 horsepower. Both come exclusively with all-wheel-drive, and will be available in the US this summer (just in time to cruise topless).
Feel like you need a little more oomph than the new Stingray can provide? Go ahead and put your order in for a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($TBA). This upgraded 'Vette packs an all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 hp — or a whopping 165 more than it's standard-issue sibling. All that power is run through an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, one of several firsts for the model. Meanwhile you also get all the structural, performance, and convenience upgrades of the 'Ray, making this one of the more comfortable Corvettes in memory.
Sometimes ordinary just won't do. Sometimes all you need is an American muscle car that is race-ready off the lot — ready to pull laps at the Nurbürgring that would make Porsche owners sweat. And for those times, Chevy has generously provided the 2014 Camaro Z28 ($74,000). While suitable for the street, this mad machine is every bit a race car, with a seven-liter LS7 motor capable of producing 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Massive Pirelli tires, aerodynamic enhancements throughout, huge ceramic brakes, a six-speed manual Tremec transmission, a forged steel crankshaft, and a 10.5-ounce dry-sump oil system are just a few of the bits of kit that make this Camaro scream for a piece of tarmac.