LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1966 Shelby Cobra 427
While the 289s were cleaning up 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 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 and the GT40. Due to the use of this, the only 427 to ever race for the team was the first prototype, CSX2196. Shelby made many versions of the original CSX 427 Cobras, of which, only 260 street cars were built in total.
Billed to Shelby American on 4/12/66, this example was originally ordered through Gilboy Ford-Mercury in Allentown, PA on 6/7/66. The original owner explained his expectations in a letter to Shelby American stating “In confirmation of my telephone conversation with your sales representative on June 7, 1966, the items upon which we agreed concerning the Cobra which I have ordered are as follows 1. The color of the car is to be green 2. The car will be delivered to me at the factory on July 20th ,1966. If you find that there will be any difficulty in meeting either of these conditions, please get in touch with me at the above address as soon as possible.” Other instructions included installing a competition style roll bar and soft top/tonneau cover at the factory. Shelby also supplied the selling dealer with a competition hood scoop to be installed before delivery.
Impressively, its original owner kept this original Cobra in his possession until 2012 when he sent it to the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado where it was listed for sale. The second owner recently completely restored this Cobra back to how it left the factory still retaining its factory color, completion roll bar and hood scoop.
Included with the sale is an impressive assortment of documentation, some of which includes; original 427 Cobra is the original owner’s manual, copy of original bill of sale, dealer brochures, letters from the original owner, copies of cheque used to purchase at selling dealer, period photographs and more. Today it presents in beautifully restored condition ready to be taken to any major concours event or rally around the world!