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Replica maker claims victory over Shelby in latest round of Cobra sports car battle

By BOB GRITZINGER

In the apparently never-ending battle for control of the shape of the Cobra sports car, herewith are the latest spins following an Aug. 21 ruling by a federal judge in Boston: “Carroll Shelby Has No Trade Dress Rights in the Shape of the Cobra.” So says the press release issued by Superformance International Inc., a South Africa-based maker of replica Cobras.

Or: “Carroll Shelby Continues to Take Aim at Cobra Replicar Company in Trademark Infringement Case.” So says Shelby in a press release in which he calls the ruling “just another bump in the road.” What did the court say, you ask? Essentially, U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel dismissed Shelby’s case against Superformance regarding alleged counterfeiting of the trade dress, or design, of its replica Cobras.

Not so fast, says Shelby, who called the court’s findings “encouraging,” because the judge “recognized the true design history of the Cobra.”

“We’ve been dealin’ with these issues for over 20 years, but we won’t rest until we expose all of these knock-off parts makers for what they truly are.”

We’re guessing that means Shelby plans to appeal.
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