1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Street Roadster

3187 was a well-restored, correct car. Most 427 Cobras have been heavily modified or re-skinned after drivers ran out of talent

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Only 291 Shelby 427 Cobras were ever sold in America for street use, of which 31 were S/C (“Semi Competition”) cars. About one-fourth of all street cars were later converted for competition duty, and most of the less desirable 428-equipped Cobras were ultimately fitted with 427s. Original, unmolested Shelby 427 Cobras have become tremendously desirable.

Chassis #CSX3187 was built in October 1965 by AC Cars in England and shipped to Shelby American’s facilities in Los Angeles, finished in red. J.D. Ball Ford in Miami, Florida, sold it new to first owner Glenn Kendrick of Miami on March 23, 1966. Mr. Jack Wilhelm of Troy, Ohio, owned 3187 by the early 1970s, before selling it to J. Dawson, also of Ohio, who advertised the car in 1978 with 5,200 miles, Halibrand wheels, oil cooler, and a newly balanced and blueprinted engine. The car had been refinished in Lincoln Starburst Silver. Dawson claimed it had been in storage since 1969.

The buyer was Jim Southard of Marietta, Georgia, who sold it shortly thereafter to its current owners George and Kathleen Goudie. The car retained two of its original Halibrand Cobra 2 wheels and Goudie also purchased two additional Halibrand FIA wide rears. Although four new BF Goodrich tires were installed, he also retained the original Goodyear Blue Streak Sports Car Specials, presently fitted to the car.

However, as the silver paint began to show its age, the Goudies decided to return CSX3187 to its original red finish and black leather interior. They started a nut-and-bolt restoration in their own G&K Classics shop in 1993, working it in among all the other projects.

The restoration was not a “frame-off,” as this would have required cutting welds and taking the body off the frame. As the Shelby was damage-free, the restoration was done with the body on the frame.

During the eight-year job, a video documentary confirmed the high degree of originality in the car’s equipment. Parts not specifically coded CSX3187 were found by their date codes to correspond with the build date. The body is original, as confirmed by the CSX3187 markings on various places, including doors, hood, and trunk lid-even the floor boards and tunnel inside the cockpit. One of the few additions is the oil cooler, a proper Coventry Radiator unit, which was added earlier in its history. Also added are the stainless steel sidepipes, which Goudie admits was a difficult decision, as it meant cutting holes in the fenders. The only items needing correction to return the car to factory-correct standards are the stainless steel screws used under the hood, various screw-type clamps, and the bare aluminum wheelwells.

CSX3187 was completed in 2001 and never saw a drop of gas in its fuel tank until its appearance at the Amelia Island Concours in 2004, where it secured Best in Class honors. It remains in show-quality condition and has barely been driven in its three decades of single ownership. It currently shows less than 5,900 original miles.

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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