Resolve To Put This Amazing 1965 Shelby 427 Comp Cobra In Your Collection

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In a remarkable fusion of history and performance, the 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, known as CSX3006, is poised to captivate automotive enthusiasts at the Kissimmee 2024 auction. This exceptional vehicle, one of only 23 factory-produced 427 Competition Cobras, not only retains its original aluminum body and chassis but also carries a storied racing pedigree.

Initially purchased by William G. Freeman in 1965, CSX3006 was distinctively finished in Metallic Blue with gold Le Mans stripes. Its racing journey began soon after, leading to notable performances in Europe under the ownership of London’s Chequered Flag racing team. The Cobra’s most significant victory was at the 1966 Ilford Films 500 at Brands Hatch, England, where it was driven to first place by Formula 1 racers David Piper and Bob Bondurant, marking a momentous European win for a production Shelby 427 Cobra.

CSX3006’s racing history continued through various European circuits, culminating in its last major race at Zeltweg, Austria, in 1966. Following its competitive career, the Cobra passed through several prominent owners, including Michael Shoen and George Stauffer, and underwent multiple restorations, each preserving its legendary essence.

The Cobra’s recent history includes meticulous restoration work by Legendary Motorcar Company, reverting it to its original left-hand drive configuration and May 1966 Brands Hatch-winning colors. This restoration was even featured on the “Dream Car Garage” television show.

CSX3006’s journey from a formidable racing contender to a prized collector’s item reflects its unique place in automotive history. It’s not just a car; it’s a testament to Shelby’s racing dominance and an irreplaceable piece of motor racing heritage. As it heads to auction, CSX3006 stands as a symbol of Shelby’s enduring legacy, offering a rare opportunity to own a slice of racing history.

Mecum Kissimmee is January 2-14 and is the largest auction of the year. With over 4,000 vehicles for sale, this is a can’t miss event. Visit to see all of the vehicles for sale, purchase tickets, and to consign your vehicle and register to bid.

Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry is an accomplished automotive journalist with a genuine passion for cars and a talent for storytelling. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of the automotive world, including classic cars, cutting-edge technology, and industry trends. Shawn's writing is characterized by a deep understanding of automotive engineering and design.

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