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    The only remaining Shelby Super Cobra is coming up for auction again.

    The story behind this car and it's sister car that didn't survive is fascinating. The other one killed the driver when the accelerator stuck and the car flew off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. It's an amazing car that will likely set the record for a Shelby(again). It sold for $5.5 million in 2015.

    https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/u...on-1234597919/

    This particular Shelby Cobra, a 1966 427 Super Snake, is not only important because of its staggering performance, but also because of its rarity—it’s one of two built, is the only one surviving and, as mentioned, was owned by Carroll Shelby himself. It’s also being offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction to be held March 20 through 27.

    Serial No. CSX 3015 began as one of only 23 examples of the Shelby 427 Competition Roadsters built. It was originally shipped and invoiced to Ford Advanced Vehicles in England on September 7, 1965, together with another 427 Cobra Competition and two R-model Shelby G.T.350s, to do a promotional tour in Europe. A year after its return to the United States in 1966, CSX 3015 was transformed by Shelby American into the Super Snake—Shelby called it the “Cobra to End All Cobras”—and reclassified it as a 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (SC).

    That distinction turned the former track-only car into a street-legal automobile, adding bumpers, a windshield and so-called mufflers. Truth be told, many SCs saw track duty, and those owners who pressed an SC into road service had quite a beast with which to contend. What made the Super Snake especially venomous was that it carried nearly double the power of a stock Cobra 427, due in part to two Paxton superchargers under the bulging Super Snake hood. The original four-speed manual gearbox couldn’t withstand the added power and torque of the engine, so Shelby had it swapped out for a three-speed automatic transmission in order to put all that power to the ground.

    Only two Super Snakes were made: one for Shelby himself, and one for Shelby’s friend, comedian Bill Cosby. After only one drive, Cosby returned his car, terrified by its power and aggressive manners (irony noted). Even though he’s not laughing now, Cosby paid homage to the car in his 1968 comedy album 200 MPH, devoting a skit to the Super Snake. Unfortunately, that car, CSX 3303, was accidently driven into the Pacific Ocean by its eventual owner.

    With a brace of superchargers that spooled like the world’s fastest fishing reels, the 2,550-pound Super Snake catapulted from standstill to 60 mph in just a tick over 3 seconds. And that was in an era where a 6-second time was nearly unheard of. When Barrett-Jackson first sold the car at auction in 2007 (setting a record for a Shelby at $5.5 million), Carroll Shelby himself accompanied the car on stage and relayed how he once got pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol doing 190 mph.

    The car still wears its original body with a 1967 aluminum Super Snake hood, along with numerous original components. Importantly, it retains its 1965 date-coded engine block (5M17, December 17, 1965), along with its original headers and side pipes. And the Guardsman Blue paint is its original color.

    Unlike some Cobras with stories and “excuses,” CSX 3015 has unimpeachable pedigree and an unbroken chain of ownership. It was purchased from Shelby by singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb in 1970. After two decades, the IRS seized the car and sold it at auction to Chris Cox, who sold it to Richard Scaife in 1998, but then re-acquired it in 2006. Ron Pratte acquired the car in 2007, setting the aforementioned world-record auction price at Barrett-Jackson. The current owner acquired the car in 2015. The big question now: Will this be the first Cobra 427 to strike eight-figure territory?






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    Forgot where I read it, but this will sell for $20-30 million

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    An automatic. I'm not bidding on it now

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan View Post
    An automatic. I'm not bidding on it now
    same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr WeatherBoner View Post
    Forgot where I read it, but this will sell for $20-30 million
    $10mm maybe...I don't see it going over that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redy2kss View Post
    $10mm maybe...I don't see it going over that though.
    I agree

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    Didn't Bill Cosby have one of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Didn't Bill Cosby have one of these
    I remember reading something about that... Oh yea, in the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan View Post
    An automatic. I'm not bidding on it now
    First thing came to my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Didn't Bill Cosby have one of these
    I believe he only had it for a short time. It scared the shit out of him and he sold. I believe his was the one that went into the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANSBIRD View Post
    I remember reading something about that... Oh yea, in the OP.
    Apparently nobody read the OP

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    If you could afford the car would you resist the urge to drive it?

    I certainly would not. I mean I wouldn't drive it in normal traffic but I guess if I can afford 10 million on a car I could afford to rent out a track for a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead SS View Post
    I believe he only had it for a short time. It scared the shit out of him and he sold. I believe his was the one that went into the ocean.
    I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere as well. Can't remember where...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Didn't Bill Cosby have one of these
    He did, but it made him fill his pants with Jello Pudding.

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    I wonder who owned the other one

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda6pak View Post
    I wonder who owned the other one
    Rumor is it was Bill Cosby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.0THIS View Post
    Rumor is it was Bill Cosby.
    I heard he only drove it once. He should have done some comedy routine on it, I’m sure it would have been good.

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    I was legit bummed to see it was an auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChillPhatCat View Post
    I heard he only drove it once. He should have done some comedy routine on it, I’m sure it would have been good.
    He did on Jay Leno way back. And as much as I hate the guy it is hilarious

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    I never really found Cosby to be that funny. He always just put me to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windham View Post
    I never really found Cosby to be that funny. He always just put me to sleep.
    Wait, you too??

    I thought it was only women

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Wait, you too??

    I thought it was only women
    Windham is a pretty sexy bitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan View Post
    An automatic. I'm not bidding on it now
    Sounds like you pussy cars then with no power

    The original four-speed manual gearbox couldn’t withstand the added power and torque of the engine, so Shelby had it swapped out for a three-speed automatic transmission in order to put all that power to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate's4.6 View Post
    Sounds like you pussy cars then with no power
    I think he was being facetious, Nate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANSBIRD View Post
    I think he was being facetious, Nate.
    Maybe I was too Dan.... geez

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    I don’t think Shelby cared about road racing this specific car in reality. I think that 3s 0-60 was his main goal. That 3 speed probably shifts like it’s trying to break your neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windham View Post
    I never really found Cosby to be that funny. He always just put me to sleep.
    eddie murphy impersonating bill cosby is funnier than bill cosby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locker537 View Post
    289 slab side > *
    I definitely prefer the narrow body cars anymore. The original wide bodies are cool too, but way too many replicas running around that are wide bodies.

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    Agreed. I like them both, but this is pretty:

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    Curious about the differences, I found this link. Pretty cool. I like the 289 has a molded hood scoop whereas the 427s had a riveted on scoop. It's also interesting that both cars share virtually zero parts.

    http://www.erareplicas.com/differ/index.htm
    Last edited by DANSBIRD; 03-04-2021 at 04:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANSBIRD View Post
    Curious about the differences, I found this link. Pretty cool. I like the 289 has a molded hood scoop whereas the 427s had a riveted on scoop. It's also interesting that both cars share virtually zero parts.

    http://www.erareplicas.com/differ/index.htm
    wow, very cool find RubiDan. I knew only a couple of those changes but now seeing them side by side, they really do stand out.

    I lean towards the 289 look, except for the roll bar

    there is a guy near me that has a Daytona replicar, Looks and sounds great.
    Last edited by Hunter98TA; 03-04-2021 at 11:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANSBIRD View Post
    Agreed. I like them both, but this is pretty:

    I prefer to shift with my right hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChillPhatCat View Post
    I prefer to shift with my right hand.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead SS View Post



    That's a weird tire brand!

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    Sold for $5 million again

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