Carroll Shelbys Personal 427 Cobra
- Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Cobra since new until his passing
- Purchased from Shelby's estate in 2016
- One of only five 427 Cobras originally finished in Charcoal Gray
- Ground-up concours restoration completed in 2019 to exacting 1965 specifications completed by renowned Cobra restorers Legendary Motorcar Company
- Original body and chassis
- Aluminum head 427 side oiler engine with dual 4-barrel carburetors
- Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
- Sunburst knock-off wheels
- Detailed history listed in the Shelby Registry
In 1972, Carroll Shelby’s friend and renowned Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey restored CSX3178, repainting it in Guardsman Blue with a gold nose. At some point in CSX3178’s life, Carroll Shelby felt he needed more horsepower and installed an aluminum-head 427 side-oiler engine with an automatic transmission. In 2002, the home crew at Shelby American in Las Vegas, Nevada, repainted Carroll Shelby’s famous Cobra in red. In 2016, the car was purchased from Carroll Shelby’s estate by the consigner, at which time it became the subject of a complete concours restoration by renowned Cobra restorers Legendary Motorcar Company, which returned it to its original Charcoal paint color and its original 427 configuration with a 4-speed.
Carroll Shelby’s lifelong personal 427 Cobra is the big brother of CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. CSX2000 recently sold for almost $14 million. CSX3178 occupies a hallowed place in Cobra history, and it is the only 427 Cobra Carroll Shelby owned from new until his passing. Imagine sitting in the seat that Carroll Shelby sat in for all those years and all of the conversations he had with his famous passengers (friends and racers)—if only this car could talk. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own Carroll Shelby’s lifelong personal 427 Cobra, and CSX3178 occupies a hallowed place in Cobra history as perhaps the most significant of all.