The Skylark for '66 is available in three body styles; a two door sedan, hardtop coupe and a convertible. The entry level engine is the Fireball 225 CID V6 offering 160 hp and delivers a presentable 235 lb-ft of torque with the stock one barrel carburetor. The standard engine is the Wildcat 310 and the two barrel it provides 210 hp, putting 310 lb-ft of torque to the pavement. For the best factory performance Skylark the optional Wildcat 445 package tops the list. This package puts four barrel set up on the larger 340 CID engine to achieve a rating of 260 hp with 365 lb-ft. of torque. The MSRP for a new Skylark in 1966 was between $2,630 and $3,100.00, but by 2016 the average auction price for a well maintained original condition unit was around $16,500.00.
340 CID V8 3-Speed Automatic
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The two seater British hand built, AC Cobra Roadster had original been powered by an out of date BMW pre-WWII designed straight six engine. Caroll Shelby was pleased with the outcome when he had a Chrysler 331 cu in V8 power plant into the Roadster. This first prototype was easily converted and with the engine and drive train removed, the vehicle was air freighted to California Shelby went on to install a Ford 260 cu in (4.2 L) high performance V8 during 1962 and began road tests. The car imaged below is a modern replica of the original Shelby AC Cobra- this unit has a carbon fiber skin over the tubular steel frame.
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