“The top was 53-years-old, it managed to survive all these years but it couldn’t manage to survive 11 days in Alaska.” -Tom Cotter
If you own a $1,000,000 Shebly Cobra do yourself a favor don’t leave Fig Newtons in it if you’re in grizz country. North Carolina resident Tom Cotter found that out the hard way after leaving a small pack of the fig paste filled pastry behind the seat of his 1965 289 Shelby Cobra overnight while parked at Alyeska Ski Resort in Alaska.
Hagerty.com reports local police showed up on the scene and discovered “some scruffy brown hairs” and determined a grizzly bear had ripped open the classic sports car like a can of tuna.
It turns out his buddy Woody Woodruff had left the Fig Newtons in the car and he “Felt kind of bad, but Tom’s taking it well.” Newsminer reports Tom Cotter was in good spirits after the break in and knows “Everything can be fixed.”
No report on the effect on the resale value but Cotter’s Shelby will have a unique story and “Will forever be known as The Bear Cobra.”
**Tom Cotter runs a sweet Youtube channel where travels the country in his 1939 Ford Woodie Wagon, searching for forgotten classics in barns, backyards and scrapyards. If you’re interest WATCH HERE.
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