Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra Super Snake ‘one of two’ sole surviving twin-supercharged firecracker has taken pole position over the weekend selling for an incredible $5.5M.
Remember, anything remotely connected to the great Shelby name instantly gains maximum attention and this incredible looking machine is no different. The stunning 427 Super Snake is one of only two ever built and now the sole survivor following the other former PR car being sold and subsequently given an early bath in the Pacific Ocean.
Cobra Super Snake
Serial No. CSX 3015 began its famed life as one of 23 427 competition roadsters built, then shipped and invoiced to Ford Advanced Vehicles in Blighty as a 427 Cobra Competition Roadster, together with the second 427 Cobra Competition (CSX 3014) and two R-model Shelbys (5R107 and 5R209) for a European promotional tour.
“This is the Cobra to end all Cobras”
The car was repatriated after that famous World Cup victory by England in 1966 but remained intact as a 427 Cobra Competition (CC). Some 6 – 12 months later, CSX 3015 was completely transformed into the Super Snake and reclassified as a 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (SC). The logic behind the SC principle, which meant muffler, bumpers and windscreen being added among other things, was quite simple – the car could be plated and technically became street legal.
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The Second Cobra
As we mentioned earlier CSX 3015 is one of only two Super Snake Cobras built; the other being CSX 3303, a 1967 427 ‘street car’, retained by Shelby American solely as a PR car. Shelby American later sold it to S&C Motors in San Francisco who then sold it to their own customer, a certain careless Tony Maxey. Maxey inadvertently forgot to steer as he powered toward a cliff edge then obliterated both the car and himself in the process.
The car still wears its original body with its 1967 aluminium Super Snake hood and packs a thumping 7.0-litre V8 power plant with a pair of gasping superchargers that propel the Super Snake from 0-60 in around 3 seconds. A three-speed automatic gearbox was also retro-fitted to deal with the immense torque, but more importantly, because Shelby couldn’t stand the fact his car was slower than a Ferrari – the rest is history.
Stan Mullin, friend of Carroll Shelby:
“It ate my Ferrari alive”
The Cobra has been sold on two previous occasions, the most recent in 2007 when a world Shelby record was set following the $5.5 million sale – Carroll Shelby witnessed the event as he joined the car on stage.
Carroll Shelby’s Super Snake takes pole position at auction…
Images courtesy Barrett-Jackson