Monday, September 26, 2022

The Legendary 427 Cobra Super-Snake

“When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road,” said Shelby. One of the greatest performance car builder Carroll Shelby is universally known for his remarkable road and racing cars, so when his personal car comes up , it’s worth taking notice.

The Cobra was originally produced in the 1960s, and of all the models to see the road, the legendary 427 Cobra Super Snake is arguably the most venomous. In 1966, Shelby plucked this vehicle from a line of 19 production Competition Cobras and himself ordered his team of engineers and grease monkeys to further spruce up the beast. It has a monstrous 427cid, 800hp twin Paxton supercharged V8 with a heavy duty grade Lincoln Cruise-O-Matic super three-speed automatic transmission. That’s how the 427 Super Snake “the most impressive automobile ever built” came into existence.
Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world.


Carroll Shelby not only poured his automotive wisdom and racing pride into this vehicle, he also personally gripped the wheel of this American legend.
This incredible Cobra personifies Carroll Shelby, and the maverick he is. CSX-3015 embodies the spirit that defined a generation and is as impactful today as it was some forty years ago.
CSX-3015 speaks volumes about the genius in Carroll Shelby, this Cobra is the benchmark that defines the American Muscle car. His baby does it all, and without the help of ASR, ESP, ABS, engine management ECU’s, carbon fiber or titanium.

In addition to use as his personal automobile, Shelby drove the Cobra in a running of the “Turismos Visitadores” in Nevada.
Only two 427 Super snake was ever built. CSX-3303, the brother of CSX-3015, was first sold to comedian Bill Cosby, who sold it after his first drive because the Super Snake scared the beejesus out of him. After Cosby the second owner, Tony Maxey, managed to cook it up big time and drove it into the Pacific ocean. The CSX-3015 is the only one of its kind.

In February 1968, Road & Track referred to CSX-3015 as “The Cobra to End All Cobras.”


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