Genuine Shelby’s are rare enough but this CSX1000 series 427 Cobra FAM is one of only two built out of a ‘planned production’ of 10 examples.
The car forms part of the Steve Todhunter collection which comprises 20 vehicles ranging from seven pristine, low-mile Ferraris to a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM previously owned by the late actor Paul Walker and will all go on sale March 18 – 20, 2021.
Personally commissioned by Carroll Shelby, the car is a ‘continuation’ 65′ Shelby 427 Cobra built in the ’90s accompanied by a chronological original Cobra serial number and therefore accepted as an authentic Shelby Cobra.
Shelby 427 Cobra ‘FAM’
The cheeky FAM moniker represents ‘Ferrari’s ass is mine‘ and was Carroll Shelby’s response to losing the 1964 World Manufacturer’s Championship to the Machiavellian manoeuvres Ferrari engineered at the end of the season.
Anecdotal or not, the phrase adds even more automotive spice to an already extraordinary phenomenon. Bizarrely, the 427 Cobra, CSX1010, was also purposely dressed in the signature Ferrari colour pairing of Rosso Corsa paint and a tan leather interior.
Previously owned by the late Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker who in the last couple of years has seen the sale of numerous cars from his personal garage collection including his impressive BMW M1 which sold for $500,000.
Anyone worried about its quality can rest easy as the car sports a hand-rolled aluminium body built by AC craftsmen and bears the special ‘FAM 427 Special Edition’ badges in place of the standard ‘Cobra’ and ‘Shelby 427 SC’ emblems.
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A similar quality theme carries on under the bonnet with a matching-numbers Shelby 427 FE aluminium V-8 engine mated to a Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission, full Semi-Competition (SC) spec, Wilwood brakes with Shelby calipers, Shelby differential cover, all-independent coil-spring suspension, remote engine oil cooler, high-capacity aluminium radiator cooled by those dual ‘pusher’ electric fans.
The SC theme extends to the custom cockpit, which uses that specification’s dash layout with Carroll Shelby Signature gauges arranged with Lucas-style control knobs and toggle switches, a 15-inch original style wood-rimmed steering wheel, Ford T-bar shifter, heavy-duty competition lap belts and custom Shelby carpeting.
As one of only two Shelby Cobra 427 FAM editions ever built, this particular Shelby Cobra is surely a snip at $325,000…
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