In 1965 Carroll Shelby was in a race against the clock to produce 100 completed 427 ‘Competition Cobras’ to qualify as an FIA GT class manufacturer. Falling short of the requirement, Shelby put the project on hold. 50 years after the original project began, the Carroll Shelby Trust has elected to complete the remaining 34 Competition Chassis big block Cobras. Building the cars as true race cars, these Shelby 427 ‘Competition Cobras’ are sold as a complete vehicle including an Iron 427 FE side-oiler engine. The CSX3000 series Cobra was built closely to the GT class specs used by Shelby American to compete for the 1966 FIA World Championship.
The original style details are carried throughout the vehicle including the hand rolled aluminum body, cast iron bell housing and rear end, top loader manual transmission, original style Gurling disk brakes, and Koni coil over shocks. Each of the 34 remaining 427 ‘Competition Cobras’ come with an MSO signed by Carroll Shelby listing it as a 1965 Shelby Cobra. This series of the Cobra will also be submitted and listed in the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry. The CSX3000 series 427 ‘Competition Cobra’ will be offered at $500,000.00 limited to the first five completed Cobras released in the series.
A portion of the sale from each Shelby 427 ‘Competition Cobra’ (above and beyond fair market value) will be a tax deductible donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation to aid in the construction of the Shelby Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. The Foundation and Shelby Automotive Museum are tax-exempt 501(9)(3) non-profit public benefit corporations that were created to assist those in need of organ transplants, education, and to carry on the heritage of American racing, including Carroll Shelby’s contribution throughout his lifetime Contact Richard Sharkey (firstname.lastname@example.org) at DenBeste Motorsports for information on purchasing this limited edition piece of American automotive racing history.