The brand Cobra pumps the heartbeat of many old school petrol heads. At this year’s RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona one such model is being auctioned. The said model is none other than the 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra. It is one of the finest sports cars to ever set foot on public roads. The attached image here is the restored model. The restoration is performed by Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey. The chassis number of 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra is CSX 3040. Previously, it has been owned by four persons and that was quite painstaking for them.
Mike McCluskey had to strip this unique model to its bare essential and determined that all aspects including engine, interior, body panels and accessories were essential. Ford’s engineering team redeveloped to carry massive powertrain and also reengineered the chassis by making it five inches wider. It was mounted with coil springs all around it. This version of 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Semi Competition carries Ford’s 7.0 liter engine that gives out around 500 horsepower. Even the cast-iron V8 engine was rebuilt during the restoration. All engine accessories and the entire electric system was replaced with original OEM parts.
Only 100 Competition trims were planned for the purpose of approval by FIA. However, during the inspection only 51 models were finally made and rest competition models were cancelled. In total, only 53 models were made and 16 of them were sold to private teams. Two of them were retained as prototype and one of them was sent to Ford Engineering. There are some interesting features in 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Semi Competition which needs to be mentioned such as 42 gallon fuel tank, side exhausts, dual batteries and oil cooler. It will be auctioned of 18th January and is expected to fetch around $200,000 and $250,000.