The Ultimate Shelby Cobra is About to Cross the Auction Block

1966 427 Super Snake Shelby Cobra
Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Carroll Shelby’s Personal 1966 427 Super Snake will hit the Barrett-Jackson Auction block from a private collection in the upcoming Scottsdale event.

When Barrett-Jackson announced that it would move it’s iconic Scottsdale Auction to March as a result of COVID-19 protocols in Arizona, collector car enthusiasts mixed disappointment with hope. At least the event wasn’t cancelled. Now, they can (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief and start to flutter in anticipation because it looks like this auction will be a doozy, and there’s a super star at the center: Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 427 Super Snake Shelby Cobra, the CSX 3015.

The last remaining 427 Super Snake will cross the block as Lot #1396. So, what makes this Cobra special?

“CSX 3015 is arguably one of the most iconic, and important, American sports cars ever built,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “In 1968, Road & Track called it ‘The Cobra To End All Cobras,’ and it has more than lived up to that standard. When it first crossed our block in 2007, Carroll was there and told the story of how he got pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol doing 190 mph in the car. Its sale ended up setting a new world record for any Shelby vehicle sold at auction. Carroll often said, ‘make history, then repeat it,’ and that’s exactly what we hope to do again. This car was truly ‘Carroll’s Cobra,’ and it, along with other incredible vehicles selling from this private collection, will make collector car history next month.”

1966 427 Super Snake Shelby Cobra
Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The car had been racing as a competition roadster in Europe, before it was shipped back to the United States in order to achieve Carroll Shelby’s mission to beat friend Stan Mullin’s Ferrari to Lake Tahoe. From the spirit of competition, genius is achieve. In order to transform the Cobra into the Super Snake, Shelby America added twin Paxton superchargers to the 427ci V8 and mated it to a 3-speed automatic transmission, creating the 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (S.C.) racing beast.

The car has crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block before, most recently in 2007, when Shelby himself shared his memories of the car. Now, it’s joining seventeen other collector cars from a private collection for the March event, including the first-production Thunderbird ever sold to the public, a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000 Series (Lot #1353) continuation car, a collection of Chevys including a 1969 Yenko Chevelle (Lot #1355) — one of only 99 built and the only one known to exist with a column-shift automatic transmission, and several late model exotics like the 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Lot #1353.1) powered by the legendary Mezger Flat-6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Super Snake, however, is clearly the jewel in the crown, particularly for the Shelby-loving Barrett-Jackson team. “The vehicles selling from this private collection are all absolutely spectacular, but the Super Snake is one of my all-time favorite cars in the world, bar none,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From historic and late-model, domestic and import to supercar and muscle car, this private collection literally has it all. I’m really looking forward to being at WestWorld when these vehicles cross the block, making collector car history and finding new homes with the next generation of collectors.”

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction will be held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20-27, 2021.

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1 Comment on The Ultimate Shelby Cobra is About to Cross the Auction Block

  1. I remember seeing this car at the 2001 SAAC-26 Convention.
    It was one of the most memorable and unique cars there (which is saying a LOT), and was just over the top in every way.
    It’s truly a piece of history, and I’m sure it will break another record at Barrett-Jackson. 🙂

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