Bear Eats Cobra

A relatable cautionary tale.

Courtesy of Tom Cotter/Hagerty

Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter was recently driving his 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 on a tour through Alaska, when . A grizzly bear ripped through the convertible top, looking for a snack.

Cotter was in for a bit of a shock when he walked out to his Cobra, top torn open, with muddy paw prints on the rear fender. Apparently, the bear was after a package of Fig Newtons left in the car, or , "maybe he wanted a closer look at Carroll's signature."

Cotter, with his bear-modified Cobra.
Courtesy of David Karpick/Hagerty

Police arrived shortly after the damage was discovered and confirmed it was the work of a bear. The grizzly also left some dents in a rear fender, but otherwise, the car is still in good shape and Cotter's not too upset about it either.

"The car’s top had survived 53 years unscathed, but couldn’t make it 11 days in Alaska," he said. "I’ve got bigger problems, anyway. My clutch hydraulics went out, so I’ve convinced a guy to let me borrow his airplane hangar for a bit to fix things. I’ve got work to do."

If there's any takeaway here, it's that you probably shouldn't leave a convertible parked outside in rural Alaska, especially if there's food inside. Or, if you do, leave the top down.

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