Shelby Cobra 427

With a two-year production run beginning in January 1965, only 291 427 Cobras were ever sold in America for street use, of which 31 were S/C (“Semi Competition”) cars built from unsold racing Cobras. Of these 291 Cobras, however, the vast majority were ultimately modified by their future owners to the desirable S/C specification, which included stripes, Halibrand Cobra 2 wheels, a hood scoop and a medium-rise intake manifold, to name but a few changes. What’s more, about one-fourth of all street cars were converted for competition duty, and most of the less desirable 428-equipped Cobras were ultimately fitted with 427s. As such, original, unmolested 427 Cobras have become tremendously desirable to collectors and enthusiasts. All this, when Corvette production was in the thousands, with 90 examples rolling off the assembly line every day! Simply put, Carroll Shelby’s hand-built 427 Cobra was the “supercar” of its day – a gorgeous, race-winning street-legal sports car with a take-no-prisoners attitude and unprecedented performance.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

This car will be auctioned off by Gooding & Company in August of 2012 at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 

550bhp, 427 cu. in. “side-oiler” overhead-valve V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 90".

Sources: RM Auctions and  Gooding & Company
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel, Tim Scott and Mathieu Heurtault

Gallery: Shelby Cobra 427