1965 AC Cobra

427 "Continuation"

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    CSX 6020
  • Lot number 
    415
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

US title
French customs cleared
Chassis number CSX 6020

- The last AC Cobra built
- A Cobra anointed by its creator
- An almost new car
- Barely 150 Miles old, Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO) signed by Carroll SHELBY

Carroll Shelby, a former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans decided to hang up his racing gloves in the mid-1960s. He then went on to create an extreme sports car, but which was more affordable than the expensive Italian GTs of the period. The idea came to him to approach the British firm of AC, to graft his American roadster mechanicals. This was done with the AC Cobra in 1962, which used an original Ford V8. Muscular, the Cobra 260 soon became the Cobra 289, which would go on to ensure the success of the brand. Yet more was to come: Carroll Shelby launched the Cobra 427 in 1965, even more virile and more aggressive with a 7.0-litres monster engine that developed an awesome 425bhp. As the years passed, and given the popularity that remained for the Cobra, Shelby Automobiles decided in the late 1980s to relaunch the a 'continuation' series of the Cobra with first the series CSX 4000 and then the CSX 6000.

The car on offer is the twentieth in this series and comes in a red color, with black leather interior. As was customary on the "continuation" series, Shelby's signature is on glove box lid and the model has a few detail changes from the original 427, including independently sprung rear wheels. Extremely rare, this example has covered barely 150 miles and it comes in a superb condition. It is interesting to note that the registration documents are for the model year 1965, corresponding to the launch date of the 427. To obtain a French registration the car will have to pass the DREAL French administration control. With the demise of the legendary Carroll Shelby in 2012, this car represents a great opportunity to pay tribute to one of his most famous creations.