You’re not a part of the Miller household dynasty of Utah Jazz and Miller Motorsports Park fame, are you? Shucks, meaning you’ll most likely by no means get some seat time within the first Shelby Cobra ever. When the Millers bought chassis CSX2000 at public sale again in 2016 for slightly below a whopping $14 million, they have been the primary house owners of the automobile—aside from Carroll Shelby himself.
Should you’ve nonetheless acquired that “Carroll Shelby’s Private Cobra” slush fund nonetheless bristling with zeros, nice information: Mecum Auctions has one other certainly one of Carroll Shelby’s roadsters up for grabs, and this time it isn’t a kind of namby-pamby, prissy-pants slabside 260 Cobras (we jest!), however one of many authentic street-spec 427 Cobras that launched 1,000,000 replicas.
In line with Mecum, chassis CSX3178 was ordered new and assembled in March of 1966, regardless of carrying a 1965 mannequin yr. This Cobra was for private use by Shelby himself, and remained in his private assortment till his loss of life in 2012. CSX3178 is certainly one of simply 5 427 Cobras ordered in Charcoal Grey, and initially carried a Ford 7.0-liter (427 cid) V-Eight with dual-four-barrel carburetors and a four-speed Toploader guide transmission.
By no means one to be happy with the already extreme, Shelby had the unique coronary heart ripped out for a stronger aluminum-head 7.0-liter side-oiler V-Eight mated to an automated transmission. Previous to that, Shelby had CSX3178 restored in 1972 with a brand new blue-and-gold paint scheme, which in 2002 was later modified to crimson by official Shelby techs at Shelby American. The automobile was bought in 2016 by the vendor, and comprehensively restored to concours situation with a marque professional, returning the CSX3178 again to its authentic Charcoal Grey and four-speed guide transmission configuration.
If you need your crack at one other piece of Shelby historical past, get away the swear jar and scrounge between the sofa cushions, as this received’t come low-cost. Mecum offers an estimate on request solely, however seeing as “common” street-spec (non-S/C) 427 Cobras commerce fingers for between $1.1 million and round $2 million, we count on this to go for a premium. Mark your gold-rimmed calendars along with your platinum Mont Blanc for Mecum’s Kissimmee sale from January seventh till January 16th.
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