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1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster / CSX 3012 Vehicle Information

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 photograph

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 photograph

1966 Shelby Cobra 4271966 Shelby Cobra 427
As with many British specialist manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the smooth, refined Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace 2-seater roadster. The engine was a pre-World War II BMW design which was by the 1960s considered remarkably outdated. Bristol, a small independent automobile manufacturer in its own right, decided in 1961 to cease production of its engine and instead to use Chrysler small-block V8 engines. Non-plussed by this idea, AC started using the 2.6 liter Ford Zephyr in all of its cars. An idea was borne out of this concept and in September of that year, former champion racing driver Carroll Shelby approached AC about building a car that would accept a V-8 configuration. Chevrolet was not interested in providing their new 327ci V-8 due to too much direct competition with the Corvette, however Ford wanted a car that could compete with the radical new Sting Ray from across town. As luck would have it, they happened to have a brand new thin wall small block engine which could be used in this endeavor. The name Cobra came to Shelby 'in a dream', he recounted, and a legend was born.

By 1963 the original AC Bristol-based leaf spring Cobra was losing its supremacy in racing. In desperation, Shelby tried fitting a big Ford FE engine of 390ci. Ken Miles drove and raced the FE powered Mark II car and said that the car was virtually undrivable, naming it 'The Turd'. A new chassis was designed in cooperation with Ford in Detroit, then developed by Shelby American and designated the Mark III. A whole new chassis was built which featured 4' main chassis tubes (instead of 3') and a new coil spring suspension all around. Necessitated by the suspension redesign and the wont for a greater contact patch, the car had wide fenders and a larger radiator opening. It was powered by the famed 'side oiler' Ford 427 engine developing 425 bhp and attaining a top speed of 163 mph in the standard model and 485 bhp with a top speed of 180 mph in the competition model. The production of the Cobra Mark III began on January 1st 1965, three months after two prototypes had been sent to the Únited States in October of 1964.

CSX 3012 was invoiced to Shelby American on 1/11/65 from AC Cars, Ltd, and a Shelby American Work order #15067 was opened on 2/4/65. It was invoiced on 4/20/65 to Valley Mercedes Benz Service, 14104 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA. as '1 427 Cobra, Chassis No CSX3012' at the cost of $9,700.00. Painted Astral Silver, a color often used in Mercedes racing cars, 3012 was picked up at Shelby American by company owner Lothar Motschenbacher. The racing linage of CSX 3012 featured its debut race at Riverside on May 2nd, 1965, then campaigned at the following weekend at Laguna Seca, three weeks later in Santa Barbara, a month later in Pomona on, and at the Mid-Ohio ÚSRRC event in early August of 1965. Late in 1965, Motschenbacher traded the car back to Shelby American, taking a 1965 Ford Country Squire Wagon and $7,000 in return for the Cobra.

Shelby Cobra 427After a thorough clean up, the car was sold on 12/7/65 to J.D. Hurt. He, however, did not choose to take delivery until the following spring, and agreed to allow Shelby American to rent CSX3012 to MGM Studios for use in the Elvis Presley movie Spinout. Records indicate an insurance claim for damage to the car while at MGM and Hurt's deposit was applied to another Cobra. CSX 3012 was once again repurchased by Shelby American and was invoiced on 4/5/66 to Donald Peckman. Peckman rebuilt the car and raced it during the 1966 season, painted white with a thin Blue stripe down the center of the car. Raced in Riverside and featured in a Car and Driver editorial, which stated it as being the best-appearing and fastest Cobra at 1966 ARRC. Early in 1967 Charles T. Oseid purchased the Cobra in the name of his company. Sterling Automotive Mfg. Co. Oseid continued to race prior to an unfortunate accident while being transported on a trailer in the early 1970's. Following this incident, the car was dismantled with Oseid retaining the salvageable parts and most importantly the ownership MSO document he obtained from Peckman.

In 1985 George Stauffer purchased the MSO and various parts to 3012, and had Brain Angliss of AutoKraft in England rebuild the car utilizing a new chassis and aluminum bodywork. The finished car, painted dark green, was sold prior to its actual completion in the summer of 1988 to George Gillett, then in 1992 it again changed hands to vintage racer Jim Philion. Featured in several prominent vintage events, including the Wine Country Classic held at Sears Point in June of 1995 and driven by Rick Titus, CSX 3012 also won Top Popular at SAAC-20 in 1995. Driven once again that August by Rick Titus at the Monterey Historics, this car received the Thomas W. Senter Memorial Award for representing the most significant Ford or Ford Powered vehicle at the event.

As one of the finest Shelby American automobiles, the ex-Lothar Motschenbacher 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Full Competition offered here is an absolutely beautiful example is one of only 22 full competition models to leave the factory. Motschenbacher successfully campaigned this car in the '65 ÚSRRC Championships against Ken Miles in the factory 427 and Jim Hall's legendary Chaparrals. A year later, Elvis Presley and CSX 3012 co-starred in the hit movie 'Spinout.' From the fame this added to both Shelby and the music legend, CSX 3012 was to be known as The King's race car for all time. This Cobra includes complete ownership history and thorough documentation. Further, it features a concours-quality restoration and continues to achieve significant awards on both the show-field as well as the track.

This vehicle was offered for sale at the 2008 Russo & Steele Auction held in Monterey, California.

Source - Russo & Steele



No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1966 sales)
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3242
Sold for USD$1,050,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1966 Shelby Cobra 427
Chassis#: CSX3205
Sold for USD$995,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster
Chassis#: CSX3173
Sold for USD$2,420,000
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3359
Sold for USD$1,792,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3284
Sold for USD$882,586
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3102
Sold for USD$995,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3283
Sold for USD$1,457,500
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra 'Semi-Competition'
Chassis#: CSX 3040
Sold for USD$2,947,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3293
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3259
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 'SUPER SNAKE'
Chassis#: CSX3015
Sold for USD$5,115,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3102
Sold for USD$990,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1966 SHELBY 427 COBRA ROADSTER
Chassis#: CSX3172
Sold for USD$1,000,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3359
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Sold for USD$962,500
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1966 Shelby Cobra
Sold for USD$36,000
  2014 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX3166
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3259
Sold for USD$836,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster
Chassis#: CSX3301
Sold for USD$735,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 3293
Sold for USD$819,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1966 Shelby Cobra 427's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra RoadsterCSX31622020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$1,500,000$1,500,000$1,900,000
1966 Shelby 427 CobraCSX 32372019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,100,000$1,250,000
1966 Shelby 427 CobraCSX31072019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona $1,100,000$1,400,000
1966 SHELBY COBRA CSX3239 ROADSTERCSX32392018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1966 Shelby 427 CobraCSX 33592017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,600,000$2,000,000
1966 Shelby 427 CobraCSX31652016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,200,000$1,600,000
1966 SHELBY 427 COBRA 2014 Mecum Dallas$300,000  
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra 2013 Worldwide The Houston Classic   
1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 MkIIICSX32592010 Bonhams Quail Lodge $650,000$750,000
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 RoadsterCSX32092010 Mecum Auctions Monterey$850,000  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 RoadsterCSX33012009 Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction 22nd Year$600,000  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $750,000$850,000
1966 Shelby Cobra 427CSX33012008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$775,000$800,000$900,000
1966 Shelby Cobra 2008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction$80,000  
1966 Ford Cobra 427 2008 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Toronto Spring$17,250  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 2007 Gooding & Company $800,000$900,000
1966 SHELBY COBRA REPLICA 2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2325, 2007   
1966 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra 2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$530,000  

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Chassis Num: CSX3183
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Chassis Num: CSX3195
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Chassis Num: CSX4005LA
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Chassis Num: CSX4007R
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S/C Replica
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Replica

Chassis Num: SFM5S342
Model Year: 1965
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3012
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX 3021
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3102
Engine Num: C3A3-3059-A
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX 3157
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX 3159
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Chassis Num: CSX 3162
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX 3181
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Chassis Num: CSX 3221
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Chassis Num: CSX 3237
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3242
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Chassis Num: CSX 3282
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3283
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3293
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3355
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3359
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3015
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3022
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3040
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX3104
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3106
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Chassis Num: CSX3131
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3165
Model Year: 1966
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Chassis Num: CSX3170
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Chassis Num: CSX3187
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3205
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3210
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3259
Model Year: 1966
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3287
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Chassis Num: CSX3312
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Shelby Cobra 427

Chassis Num: COB 6124
Model Year: 1967
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Chassis Num: CSX 3045
Model Year: 1967
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Chassis Num: CSX 3223
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3275
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3294
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3307
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3330
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX 3359
Model Year: 1967
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Chassis Num: CSX3256
Engine Num: 3256
Model Year: 1967
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Shelby Cobra 427 427 Roadster

Chassis Num: CSX3278
Model Year: 1967
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Chassis Num: CSX3299
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Chassis Num: CSX3346
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