The world’s last Shelby Cobra Super Snake set for auction

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Words: Matthew Hansen
22 Feb 2021

In this era of Japanese sports cars and contemporary Aussie muscle cars making auction sales headlines, it’s important to note that the old auction-floor classics are still high-demand, high-price vehicles. And the Shelby Cobra is one such car.

The stupendously sought after American sportster continues to sell for high values today, even with a significant volume of replicas clogging up Cars & Coffee events around the world. Next month, one of the finest examples goes under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction.

If one sentence were to sum up this example, it’s this. This Cobra is the last remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake on the planet, and it was built especially for the late Carroll Shelby himself.

Cobra fans affectionately know it as ‘CSX 3015’ — it was one of just two Super Snakes Shelby produced. The other one was a press duties vehicle that is ‘no longer of this earth’, after both it and its owner perished in an accident.

“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 190mph in the car. Its sale ended up setting a new world record for any Shelby vehicle sold at auction.”

This car’s road to its 2021 auction sale has been an interesting one. It started out its life as one of the 23 427 competition roadster Shelbys — a very, very rare car in its own right. A year later it was then converted into being a Super Snake variant; a process that required the addition of two Paxton superchargers, and a more heavy duty 3-speed automatic transmission.

“The reason [for the conversion] was quite simple: a 427 Cobra Competition didn't have mufflers, windshield, bumpers, etc. It was a race car only and not street legal. Although many SCs were raced and never saw a public road, all 427 Cobra SCs had titles and were legal to drive on public roads,” the auctioneer adds.

Many of the original components that made this car so special when it was new remain today. The engine block, headers, side pipes, and much more are all original parts. Among the few bits that is a little different is the dashboard, which now proudly wears Shelby’s signature.

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction takes place on March 20–27, at WestWorld in Arizona. No pricing expectations have been tagged onto the incredible Shelby, but one expects it to sell well into the millions.

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