1965 A.C. SHELBY COBRA 427
Chassis No. CSX 3119
Black with black leather interior
Engine: Ford V-8, 6,997cc, 425hp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: Borg Warner four speed manual; Suspension: front and rear independent with unequal length wishbones, spring damper units; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The most exciting adrenalin pumping muscle car of all time has to be the awesome 427 Cobra. Its massive 462lbs. per foot torque at 2,800rpm and 425bhp provides a shattering 0-60mph time of just four seconds and a top speed approaching 150mph. The car has such incredible power that in every gear it can easily leave two wide black tire marks along the highway.
The 427 Cobra, introduced in 1965, was the final and most coveted example of the Carroll Shelby inspired A.C. sports car. Its predecessor, the 289, made a lasting impression on the sports car market and proved highly competitive in long distance GT category racing. In 1964, it won the US GT Championship and numerous European GT class awards, including Le Mans. In 1965, Shelby was awarded the FIA International Manufacturers Championship.
The 427 chassis was still built at A.C.'s Thames Ditton works and then completed with the power train in Shelby's own workshop in Venice, California. To cope with this incredibly powerful American engine, the chassis was considerably strengthened and the faithful transverse leaf spring suspension was replaced with more modern unequal length wishbones and combined coil spring and damper unit arrangement. The bodywork was altered in small details, such as a wider nose opening to allow greater air movement to the larger engine; the oil cooler scoop was integrated into the nose cone; the rear wings were flared to accommodate wider rimmed wheels and tires; and the rear tail treatment was slightly rounder and incorporated circular style rear lights. This particular car was built with an oil cooler scoop which was eliminated after the 200th street car providing more front end clearance for parking.
CSX 3119 was completed in the U.K. on May 13, 1965 and shipped to Los Angeles via boat. On September 27, 1965 it was invoiced and bought by the professional golfer Ken Venturi in Palm Springs, California, who in turn sold the car to a Las Vegas resident and in 1981 the car returned to California under the ownership of Tom Whittenbrock. The car was fully restored in 1982 and it is noted that, at that time, it was black and had an oil cooler, an under car 2½" exhuast and a 12 blade fan ahead of and behind the radiator. The Cobra also had a removable roll bar and a new hood which incorporated a scoop and side vents to release warm air. All the chrome is original and all the correct "Smith" instruments are untouched and original. The car retains its original black interior. The drive train is the correct 427 side oiler with medium riser heads and a single four barrel carburetor with plenum box. It also has the original 4 speed toploader with steel bellhousing.
CSX 3119 is fully documented in the American Shelby Register. Currently, the car has a little over 28,000 miles and was very recently checked over by an A.C. Cobra specialist. There is a tremendous following for Shelby Cobras and many will be seen together this weekend with Carroll Shelby being honored at this year's Monterey Historic Races. Low mileage examples are a rare discovery and this is a fine opportunity to acquire one of the most exciting and ever-popular cars from the post-war period.