4 speed manual
An original 66/67 427 car that was restored to S/C specs in the 1980s. With yet another restoration in the 90's featuring a fresh-built Peter Knight side oiler motor - race specification but also a great road drive.
The Cobra features:
• Halibrand magnesium wheels
• Side pipes
• Competition suspension
• Race tank and quick lifts
• Roll over bar
This car is in wonderful condition and boasts current FIA HTP. A perfect vehicle for road, race or rally, Cobras don't come much better than this!
EXPLORE THE CAR
Following the incredible racing success of Carroll Shelby’s original small- block (289/4.7L) Cobra, culminating in winning the FIA 1965 World Sports car Manufacturers Championship, Ford pushed to further develop the Cobra by installing their NASCAR proven Big Block (390/427 – 6.3L/7.0L) motors and to reconfigure the chassis using wishbone/coil spring suspension on each corner. The chassis remained as a conventional ladder frame format but its twin centre tubes grew from 3’’ to 4’’ diameter to stiffen the structure and wheelbase. Track widths also grew together with ever more bulging wheel-arches to accommodate newer, and much wider, racing tyre technology. Thus was created the most legendary and iconic sports car of all time, Carroll Shelby’s Cobra 427.
A 427 Cobra could be ordered as a Full Competition Roadster, Semi-Competition (S/C) Roadster or Street Roadster. The 427 Cobra you see here, Chassis number CSX3315, left the AC factory in Thames Ditton England in November 1966 in Street specs. The Shelby American Automobile Club lists its history over the many owners in detail which is available to interested purchasers. In 1975 the cars new owner decided to rebuild the car to S/C specification and was put into a dark blue colour scheme. Several other owners followed and the car was exported from the USA to, initially Switzerland, then on to its last owner in Germany, where it has stayed for the past 20 years or more. Its last owner, being a total perfectionist and absolute Cobra enthusiast, has spared no expense in making this 427 one of the finest Big Block Cobras we have ever had the honor to drive. It is truly sensational.
Set up to be truly street tractable, it remains ferocious beyond any reasonable expectation. This 427 could conceivably be driven to the shops, then contest a road rally on the return journey and set competitive times on any race track the following day. A remarkable package and perfectly presented.
The totally correct specification includes a freshly built Peter Knight 427 race engine with a single Holley 4bbl carb, the ideal set-up. The car has equipped a Top Loader 4 speed transmission with big input shaft, Salisbury LSD with cooler, fully adjustable competition suspension, Girling competition disc brakes all round, a fuel cell and electric pumps, 71/2 & 91/2 x 15 peg-drive Halibrand rims with Knock-on three ear spinners (plus spare rims), a choice of road and race rubber, full original spec black leather interior, a Haldameter for rally use , Sperex white side pipes, and Deep Blue paint with – removable to personal preference – Le Mans stripes and roundel in Wimbledon White. Further to this, the Cobra benefits from a current FIA HTP making it eligible to race anywhere in the world. For the serious racer the car is available with a unique additional ‘’race package’’.
Given the very low build numbers of the 427 Cobra (just 312 cars ever built) and their legendary status, this is a ‘’must-have’’ for any serious classic collection but, more importantly, the 427 Cobra is a bucket list ‘’must-drive’’ for any real enthusiast and driver. This Big Block Cobras owner reluctantly offers the car for sale after more than 20 years of care and love simply because as the years have passed there is less time to use the car. However, having now made that decision to let go and with other acquisitions in the cross hairs, he is motivated to sell and will consider serious offers for the Cobra alone in the region of US$1.295m. The ‘’race package’’ is also available by separate negotiation.
This car is almost concours in presentation and will continue to accumulate value and enjoyment to its next, lucky, owner.