The litiguous relationship between Factory Five Racing and Shelby has been on-going over the past 10 years with FFR winning the first round that allowed them to continue to create replica Cobras as long as it didn’t make specific mention of certain terms like “Cobra”, “Shelby”, “427 S/C”, etc. Multiple years passed before Shelby and FFR ended up in the courtroom again because Shelby felt that FFR’s Type 65 Coupe name was too similar to Shelby’s Daytona Coupe. FFR won that round too.
So fast forward to 2010 where Shelby apparently tried to patent the shape of the Cobra, which would have spelled trouble for FFR. Throughout the newest legal battle, FFR has once again emerged as the winner in battling Shelby to protect the replica market.