Car Catcher: Virtually New 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra

Sponsored article presented by RM Sotheby's.


Stuffing a large American V8 into a lightweight British sport car is a time-honored automotive tradition, and few cars exemplify that more than the short-lived Shelby 427 S/C Cobra.

The story goes that 100 Competition models were planned for the Mark III Cobra, but after not building enough to meet homologation rules for the 1965 racing season, production was halted, with some of the cars being sold as Semi-Competition Cobras.

According to the listing, this 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra is one of those cars, but was built in 2014 after Carroll Shelby decided to finish the remaining 427 S/C chassis numbers.

Said to be sold as a "Sanction II" continuation model (in order to avoid federal and state safety laws), this Cobra is, essentially, a brand-new 1965 427 S/C built as if it were going to compete in the 1966 FIA World Championship.

Power comes from the iconic 427-cubic-inch V8, which sends power to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. Reported to have only five miles on the odometer, this Cobra is being sold as an authentic Shelby Cobra with an official CSX number: CSX 3067.

Find this 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Sanction II over at RM Sotheby's as part of its Open Roads, North America Auction.

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