Auction Block: Carroll Shelby’s 1965 427 Cobra Roadster

Though he sadly passed away in 2012, Carroll Shelby is recognized as one of the all-time most influential figures in American automotive history, with a long and illustrious career as a race car driver, entrepreneur, and automotive designer. In addition to the pivotal role Shelby played in helping Ford dethrone Ferrari at Le Mans through the design and development of the GT, the Texan native is probably best remembered for famously penning the iconic Shelby Cobra.

And while all genuine Shelby Cobra specimens are incredibly sought after and elite vehicles, one of the most significant examples of all time has just popped up for sale at auction, with Mecum now poised to sell off Carroll Shelby’s personal 1965 427 Cobra Roadster. The CSX3178 specimen was acquired by Shelby when new and remained in his possession until his death. After trading hands in 2016, the 427 Cobra underwent a complete concourse-level restoration in 2019. At the heart of the Cobra is an aluminum head 427 side-oiler engine paired with dual quad-barrel carburetors and a Toploader four-speed manual transmission. Mecum hasn’t listed a valuation for the Cobra, though considering Shelby’s personal CSX2000 recently sold for just shy of $14,000,000, it will likely reach seven or eight-figure territory when it takes its turn crossing the block at Mecum’s forthcoming Kissimmee sale in January.

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