LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1966 Shelby Cobra 427
While the 289 Cobras were dominating against the Ferraris, Shelby knew Enzo would build something for the next season that would be built to beat the Cobra. Shelby had to look ahead to the next season and build something faster. The 289 Cobra could not be made any lighter, so he decided to give the car a larger engine. The first 427 prototype was built on a stiffened 289 chassis, but the small block’s 20-year-old technology could not handle the massive power coming from the new engine. The 427 featured a thick and larger 4-inch tube chassis and slightly modified body but, keeping the original 289 doors, windscreen, hood, and trunk lid. By the time the 427 came to life, Ford already had a promising sports car to beat the Ferraris; the GT40. Due to this the only two 427 Cobras ever raced for the team which was the prototype CSX2196 and CSX 3002. Shelby made many versions of the original CSX 427 Cobras, of which, only 316 were built in total. There were 50 full Competition and S/C models combined and 260 street cars built of which, the first 100 cars came with true 427 engines the next approx. 100 cars came with 428 engines as a way for Shelby American to cut production costs.The remaining cars were equipped again with real 427 engines. The 427 Cobra is the ultimate successor to the 289 with a much stiffer chassis and coil over suspension , the 427 cobra is not only fast but a pleasure to drive . "Anything the 289 did poorly, the 427 did well; and anything the 289 did well, the 427 did better".
Billed to Shelby American on May 13, 1965 and subsequently invoiced to Sexton Ford Sales Inc in Moline, Illinois. It was delivered from the factory painted Guardsman Blue with a Black interior, one of approximately 45 delivered this way. The cars first owner was Donald J. Hager of Illinois. Hager retained the car for 6 years of enjoyment before handing the keys over to the next proprietor Dan Bennett also from Illinois. By 1974 Bennett had enjoyed the car and elected put the car up for sale, advertised just as when new, Guardsman Blue with black interior. Doug McClellan was the next owner and he decided that after almost a decade of use, the car could use some freshening; he began what would become a 4-year long restoration. After completion the car was sold and headed south to Florida in 1979. By the mid 1980’s the car showed up just a little further north in the state Georgia before heading to Baton Rouge LA under the ownership of Fred Buzzell. He retained the car for several years until he sadly passed away at which time his wife sold the car along with another 289 Cobra, he owned to a name now synonymous with Cobras, Tom Kirkham. Kirkham began some further restoration work and actually got so far as advertising the car for sale before electing to keep it instead. He then used the car to help in designing his now famous replica Cobras.
In 2012, this 427 was restored back to original specs by the craftsman here at LMC, well versed in the special processes required in Cobra restoration. During this process it became more than clear that the car was an excellent example, with a original damage free chassis and a very original body something that cannot be said for many 427 cobras .Over the last few years the car has been taken care of by an astute collector from Florida who has shown the car and some prestigious concourses including the 2016 Quail Motorsports Gathering and has driven it regularly , so it is a truly great running and driving car as well. The Blue/Black 427 cobra is nicely restored and ready to be delivered to its next owner just the way it was delivered to its first owner in 1965. Its clean look without side pipes, roll bar or hood scoop is as subtle as a Cobra can be, while still retaining the unmistakable sound and look of an original 427 Cobra. A truly excellent example of what was arguably one of Carroll Shelby’s greatest triumphs, the Big Block 427 Street Cobra.