Shelby 427 Cobra – 1966

Shelby 427 Cobra – 1966


Shelby 427 Cobra – 1966


Marca : Shelby
Modello : Cobra
Versione : 427
Anno : 1966
Telaio N. : CSX 3102
Motore N. : C3A3-3059-A
Body N. : CSX 3005

Esemplari prodotti : 348
Progettista : 
Motore : 8 cilindri a V di 90°
Cilindrata : 427 cu.
Distribuzione : OHV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Aspirazione : 1 Carb. Holley quadricorpo
Potenza : 410 CV
Top speed Km/h :


Auction result
2018 – Monterey – RM Sotheby’s – $995,000



The Shelby American World Registry records chassis no. CSX 3102 as an authentic, original 427 Cobra that was finished in red with a black interior and billed to Shelby American on 13 May 1965. It was originally invoiced to Herb Tousley Ford, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, but the invoice was cancelled after the Cobra apparently incurred minor damage. The car was repaired by Shelby American, under invoice number A 1057, which was dated 9 October 1965.
The original owner of CSX 3102 was seemingly unprepared for the sheer power of his new purchase and promptly got into an accident. It was then sold to Dennis Henningsen, of Mason City, Iowa, who magnafluxed the chassis, found it to have no damage, and set about repairing the car properly. In doing so, he contacted Shelby American about new aluminum body panels, which resulted in him purchasing the entire aluminum body from CSX 3005. CSX 3005 had been in its own right a very important automobile, as it was intended for competition at Le Mans, with Bob Johnson, of Columbus, Ohio, driving. A future Shelby American employee modified the body so that it now had wide fender flares and brake cooling ducts, twin oil coolers, and a 289 Cobra-style nose. When the intended run at Le Mans was cancelled, CSX 3005 was taken apart and its pieces were sold off and used in other cars. Its chassis was sold to Japan, and the body was sold to Henningsen for installation on the car here.
Both the Cobra and its new skin were sold to Richard Shopf, of Covington, Louisiana, who used the Shelby-supplied panels to carefully return the car to its original appearance. He advertised it in May 1969 as now being in “perfect condition. 7,000 miles. Never raced.”


 

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