1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Every Shelby 427 Cobra is rare simply by nature, but some reach the level of “exceptional” — a fact Carroll Shelby acknowledged when he signed the glovebox door of CSX3301 with the inscription: “One of the rarest CSX3301 Carroll Shelby.”

This Cobra was completed at AC Cars for delivery directly to Ford Advanced vehicles in Slough, England. As such, it was never invoiced to Shelby American. Factory equipped with Smiths gauges, a hard top, 427 engine and Sunburst wheels, it was purchased new by a Mr. Franck of Paris, France. The car was seldom seen for years — until it was sold to The Vintage Car Store in Nyack, NY, in August 1977. It went through the hands of Kirk White and then Larry Megibow, who sold the car to Dan Turman in 1979.

In 2001, CSX3301 was restored by HRE Motors in Freeport, NY, who returned it to its original white with blue stripes, black sidepipes and chrome roll bar, and it remains the same today, with the odometer showing 10,872 kilometers (6,755 miles). In addition to its listing in the Shelby American World Registry, documentation includes photos of the original ledger at AC Cars.

Colin Comer

Colin Comer - Editor at Large

Colin is the founder of Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as SCM’s resident American car expert. His fascination with cars began at an early age, and according to him, he never grew out of it—nor does he wish to. Colin regularly appears on television, and he is the author of the books: “Million-Dollar Muscle Cars” and the “Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles.” A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to both Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines.

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