1966 Shelby Cobra 427 ‘Super Snake’

On September 7, 1965 CSX 3015 was shipped and invoiced to Ford Advanced Vehicles and sometime early to mid 1967, Carroll Shelby transformed CSX 3015 into the ‘Super Snake’ – one of the most impressive automobiles ever built.

The Super Snake has a monstrous 427cid, 800hp twin Paxton supercharged V8 with a super three-speed automatic transmission. In addition to use as his personal automobile, Shelby drove the Cobra in a running of the “Turismos Visitadores” in Nevada. In February 1968, Road & Track referred to CSX3015 as ”The Cobra to End All Cobras.”

As history shows, CSX 3015 is one of two Super Snake Cobras built. The other being CSX 3303 built for Bill Cosby. Sadly, it’s next owner estroyed himself and CSX 3303 by driving off of a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean. CSX 3015 is a full Competition Roadster, still retaining its original body with its 1967 aluminum ‘Super Snake’ hood.

Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Supersnake (Lot #1301), which was designed and built solely for the racing legend, was sold with No Reserve during the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event from Jan. 13-21, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz. It fetched a record $5.5 million plus comission.

Story by Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineWater Cooled V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Paxton Superchargers
valvetrainOHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement6997 cc / 427 in³
bore107.4 mm / 4.23 in
stroke96.0 mm / 3.78 in
power596.6 kw / 800 bhp
specific output114.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight772.95 bhp per tonne
torque626.39 nm / 462.0 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frameAluminum over Tubular Steek Frame
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires185×15
rear tires195×15
front brakesGirling Discs
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesGirling Discs
r brake sizemm / in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Spring over Dampers
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Spring over Dampers
curb weight1035 kg / 2282 lbs
wheelbase2286 mm / 90.0 in
front track1397 mm / 55.0 in
rear track1372 mm / 54.0 in
length3962 mm / 156.0 in
width1727 mm / 68.0 in
height1245 mm / 49.0 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.20:1, 1.66:1, 1.31:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive3.54:1
top speed~265.5 kph / 165.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~12.4 seconds