In 1961, American automotive designer and race car enthusiast Carroll Shelby asked the AC Company in England if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine. Shelby was declined by Chevy, but Ford thought otherwise and provided him with a couple of engines to try out. At his workshop in Los Angeles, Shelby worked on matching a Ford 260 engine to his modified AC chassis. It was a great fit.
Shelby wanted the Cobras to be 'Corvette-Beaters,' so the larger engine combination was a natural next step: Enter the 427 Ford engine. Though the AC Cobra was a financial failure for Ford and Shelby, the Cobra legacy has lived on due to the popularity of the early cars. And, with the 'continuation cars' that grace our streets today, one can still enjoy the open-air exhilaration of driving a Cobra.
This car carries VIN number CSX3256 with engine number 3256. The current owner has known about this car for almost 2 decades. Back then, he decided on an Auburn Speedster instead. Fast forward to recent times: the current owner saw the car at a show, and couldn't let it pass him by again.
After retiring from a very successful racing career, Carroll Shelby set his sights on sports car construction. His first project was the Cobra, an AC Ace whose aging six-cylinder engine was replaced by a Ford V8. Sports car racing inevitably demanded more horsepower, particularly with the entrance of the Corvette Grand Sports Corvettes, and thus was born the legendary 427 Cobra - a big block-powered behemoth capable of sub four-second zero-to-sixty acceleration and unparalleled racing prowess. To this day, the relatively few 427 Cobras in existence are prized by enthusiasts the world over. This particular example remained under the same ownership for nearly 40 years before coming out of long-term storage rather recently. The original car received a sympathetic cosmetic and mechanical restoration. With just 5,400 original miles, CSX3299 is presented in Guardsman Blue with proper Sunburst wheels. Its sensational performance and the popular appeal of this Anglo-American legend confirm it as one of the most significant icons of all times and a collector car of unmatched desirability.
Sold for $660,000 at 2008 Barrett-Jackson. The Cobra enjoyed a very long production lifespan through its multiple fiddles' it played; it began life as a Tojiero-Bristol, than an A.C. Ace, followed by the Ace Bristol and finally the Ace Ford. Just as it was ending its production life, Carroll Shelby breathed new life with the iconic Cobra. The 260 cubic-inch pushrod V8 engine produced 260 horsepower. It was mated to a four-speed manual Ford transmission which drove the 2,000 pound Cobra. Only minor modifications to the A.C. body and chassis were required. Stronger wire wheels were fitted and the leaf-spring independent suspension was little changed. The bigger 289 Ford V8 was substituted for the 260 and in 1963 the Bishop cam steering gear was replaced by rack-and-pinion.
In the capable hands of Ken Miles, Lew Spencer, and Bob Holbert, the Cobra's were able to outpace the more exotic marques.
More power was needed to battle the big-block Corvettes and other high-potent racers of the day, so Shelby turned to Ford with their 427 cid V8. It would be placed in the belly of the Cobra, but several significant modifications were needed before the vehicle could be safely operated. The original ladder frame, with its transverse leaf springs, had been designed for an 85-hosrepower engine. The 400 horsepower 427 was more than the setup could handle. Using Ford's computers, a much stiffer chassis with four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension was devised. The updates continued, with the removal of the six-inch wire wheels for much wider Halibrand magnesium wheels. Since the larger wheels would not fit under the standard fenders, the craftsmen at the A.C. factory in England gave the Cobra fender flares. In the front, a large front inlet was shaped to provide air to cool the engine. The result of these aesthetic changes was an aggressive appearance on a small, potent vehicle.
This 427 Cobra is CSX 3294 and houses a 427 cubic-inch V8 engine that is reported to produce an estimated 520 horsepower. It was damaged in the 1960s in a road accident and put away for many years. The disassembled car was later acquired by David Yanoff who began an extensive rebuilt. It was ultimately treated to a complete nut-and-bolt restoration by expert Geoff howard of Cobra Automotive of Wallingford, Connecticut.
During the restoration it was given the correct alloy S/C brake calipers, 36-gallon fuel tank, differential oil pump, transmission oil pump, factory roll bar and side pumps.
It is correct in every detail, has an outside fuel filler, a proper 427 'side-oiler' engine built to LeMans specifications, correct Halibrand wheels, 'quick jack' fittings in both front and rear, and a riveted hood scoop.
This car has been apart of the Michael Hammer Collection and was shown just once in 2007 where it was a class winner at the Beverly Hills Classics for Charity Show. Since the restoration in 2000, it has traveled a mere 300 miles.
In 2007 this 427 Cobra was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was estimated to sell for $750,000 - $850,000. Sadly, a buyer willing to satisfy the vehicles reserve was not found and the car left the auction unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
This big-block Cobra has a known history, an original engine, and a restoration done by a Shelby expert. The car left the Shelby factory and sent to McCafferty Ford of Trenton, New Jersey, where it was sold to its first owner, Davis Boardman of Fort Dix. The car may have had an interim owner prior to being purchased by a Long Island resident in the mid-1970s. IN 1977, the car was in the care of its third owner, Al Schmidle of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, who upgraded it with a genuine 427 engine and S/C-style roll bar, and refinished it in the same color scheme it wears today - Guardsman Blue with white LeMans stripes.
In 1978, the car was traded to Larry Megibow of Butler, New Jersey, for a 289 Cobra (CSX 2268), along with some cash. Two years later it passed to Rick Nagel of Dallas, Texas and finally to Ken Eber, co-founder of the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC).
In the winter of 1982, the car was sold to Tom Conel of Irvine, California. While in his care, the car was treated to a restoration, and had it upgraded to full S/C specifications. The work included the proper extension of the rear fender flares, installation of rectangular taillights and a competition fuel-cap, and revision of the dashboard layout. An oil-cooler with the attending scoop, side-exit exhaust pipes and a hood-scoop were also added at that time. The Sunburst wheels were replaced with Halibrand magnesium wheels.
The car would pass through several more owners over the years, prior to coming into the care of its current owner.
In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. The car was estimated to sell for $650,000 - $750,000. It would leave the auction unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010
This 1967 427 Cobra, chassis number CSX3360, is the last Shelby Cobra ever built. Invoiced by AC Cars to Shelby America on October 26, 1967, it has been stored in Southern California during the 2000s. Delivered new as a street version Cobra, it has been driven 6,098 miles. Canepa Design of Scotts Valley, CA, completed a full ground-up cosmetic and mechanical restoration to its original configuration in the late 2000s. They used all of its original factory components including front and rear bumpers, sunburst wheels and upholstery.
The 427 cubic-inch engine, developing 410 horsepower, is coupled to a four-speed transmission and fitted with four-wheel disc brakes. The 2,355-pound vehicle has a top speed of 165 mph and will go from zero-to-sixty mph in just 4.2 seconds.
The iconic Trans-Atlantic sports car was both feared and admired on both the road and the track. The holy grail of Cobras is undoubtedly the big block 427. This example is one of just 356 examples made. The combination of 425 horsepower and a lightweight and compact aluminum body made for a combination that put fear into the hearts of drivers and competitors alike.
At one time this car was thought to be the last Cobra 427 shipped to Shelby American by AC Cars of Thames Ditton, west of London, based on incomplete information. Two more, CSX3359 and CSX3360, it was subsequently discovered were indeed shipped later. The current owner of this car (CSX3358) purchased it in late 1998 although the blue/black 427 with a single 4V carburetor was originally delivered to Gotham Ford in New York City. There were six owners of record before the current owner acquired the car; all owners were located in California except for the first, a New Yorker.
Sold for $1,430,000 at 2007 RM Auctions. Sold for $2,007,500 at 2013 RM Auctions. Sold for $2,117,500 at 2015 RM Auctions. The Cobra, chassis CSX 3045, was invoiced to Shelby American on February 23, 1965, and it was completed to S/C specification, under work order number 15103. On April 21, 1966, Shelby American received an order for an S/C model complete with a modified race exhaust system. It was delivered to a Mr. Hall, on May 31st. The next recorded owner, Peter Bayer, acquired the car as payment for promotional work done on behalf of dealer Larsen Ford, of White Plains, New York, and he was the first to register this car, in 1967. Doug Carsen, of Pennsylvania, is believed to have raced this car in several SCCA events, before becoming the next owner.
John Parlante, of Whitestone, New York, began some restoration work on the car in the mid-1970s prior to passing it to Geoff Howard in 1978. Howard completed the work, including the Guardsman Blue paint scheme. It was offered for sale a year later and advertised as having just 10,500 miles. The advertisement also stated it had a fresh restoration, all competition options, and polished Halibrands. The car was purchased by Jere Clark, of Phoenix, Arizona who installed Arizona plate 427 S/C, and went vintage racing.
Ownership later passed to George Stauffer, of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin in the early 1980s. By 1986, it was in the care of Carl Schwartz, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, which was followed by ownership by John Mozart from 1988 onward. Mr. Mozart treated the car to a full restoration.
Ownership changed again in early 1995. In 1998, it was Gold at the SAAC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, plus Best Cobra and Best Comp Cobra at SAAC in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1999, in addition to many regional SAAC Show First Place awards.
Just 29 examples of the Shelby 427 Semi-Competition Cobras were built. By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
Sold for $766,800 at 2007 RM Auctions. Sold for $715,000 at 2010 RM Auctions. This 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $750,000 - $850,000. The car is powered by a 427 cubic-inch side-oiler V8 engine that is still in the exact specifications as when it left the factory. This 427 Cobra has very clean lines, as there is no hood scoops, side pipes, roll bars, or other modifications. It carries chassis number CSX 3275 is has been treated to a complete restoration since new.
At auction, the lot was sold for $766,800. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
This Series III Cobra 427, sold new by Ron's Ford of Bristol, Tennessee, in 1967, is said to be the most original Shelby Cobra in the world. It has been driven just 2,194 miles since new, mostly by its first owner, Morris Morgan of Laurinburg, North Carolina. He soon realized the importance of his car and carefully put it in storage in his garage until his estate was sold in 1997. During that time the car was started regularly to keep the fluids circulating, but rarely was a wheel turned. Everything is exactly as it was when it left the Shelby American dealership in Tennessee, including a white Buco helmet still in its original box. The helmet was sold with the car because Mr. Morgan insisted he had to have one after seeing a Cobra advertisement where the driver was wearing one.
The formula for the success of the Cobra came through a man named Carroll Shelby adapting a powerful Ford engine into a nimble, British sports car.
A.C. Cars of Thames Ditton in Surrey, England had been producing the Ace since 1954. It was designed by John Tojeiro and featured an independent suspension by transverse leaf springs. The tubular frame body of the vehicle took its styling cues from Ferrari. The original engine used in the Ace was a 1991 cc, over-head-cam engine designed by John Weller, the founder of AC, in the 1920s. In 1956, an optional Bristol engine became available. This was a BMW derived, 1971 cc six-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 125 horsepower. With the Bristol engine, the Ace captured many victories on the race tracks around the world. It even won the SCCA Class E championship three years in a row.
In 1959, Bristol ceased its six-cylinder engine production. When Bristol stopped supplying A.C. with the engine, the production of the Ace ceased. Carroll Shelby quickly negotiated a deal where A.C. would supply him with the chassis. Now all Shelby needed was an appropriate engine. In 1961, Ford introduced the 221 cubic-inch small block engine. This was a new lightweight, thin wall-cast, V8 engine that produced 164 horsepower. Shelby approached Ford about the use of the engine for the 2-seat sports car. Ford agrees.
In February of 1962, a 260 HiPo engine and Borg-Warner four-speed manual gearbox was fitted into the aluminum-bodied Cobras. The AC Shelby Ford Cobra was complete.
In April of 1962, the first Cobra with chassis CSX 2000 was painted yellow and shipped to the New York Auto Show where it appeared on the Ford display. The vehicle was an instant success and attracted much attention. Orders came faster than Shelby could build. The prototype CSX 2000 was continuously being repainted for magazine reviews. The purpose was to create an illusion that more Cobras existed.
In 1963 the engine size increased to 289 cubic-inches. Rack-and-pinion steering was added to the vehicle.
Two Cobras were entered into the grueling 24-Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Carroll Shelby himself drove one of the vehicles. Ford had refused to provide an engine so Shelby, with the help of A.C. cars and Ed Hugus, prepare the cars. One of the Cobras managed to capture a seventh place finish, a major accomplishment.
Dan Gurney became the first American driver to win an FIA race in an American car when he won the Bridgehampton 500KM race in September of 1963 while driving a Cobra.
In 1964, the Cobra returned to LeMans where it finished fourth overall and first in the GT class.
Near the end of 1964, the Cobra 427 was unveiled to the press. If featured a new tubular, aluminum body, coil spring chassis, and a 427 cubic-inch, 425 horsepower engine. The car was able to go from zero to 100 mph and back to zero in less than 14 seconds.
In 1967, the last 427 Cobra was built and in 1968, the last 427 Cobra was sold by Carroll Shelby.
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