The 1966 Shelby Cobra (known in Britain as the AC Cobra) started in 1961 when American car designer Carroll Shelby asked AC Cars of Britain to build a car in their classic design but with the ablity to accept a more powerful V8 engine. After a year of development, Shelby had secured a V8 engine from Ford, and AC Cars shipped Shelby his AC style vehicle as per his specifications. Shelby and his team put the engine together with the vehicle and created a powerful sports car.
After several years of development, Shelby created the Cobra 427 in late 1965. The line of Cobras was commonly referred to as “the Snake,” and the modifications made in the 1966 model earned that Cobra 427 the title of “Super Snake.” The addition of Twin Paxton Superchargers was combined with the design specs that made the Snake something special, and the result was one of the fastest race cars of its time.
The 1966 Shelby Cobra is a two-seater with a lightweight frame weighing only 1,147 kg. Shelby and AC Cars put Ford engines in the 1966 Super Snake that were seven-liter, V8 designs. The engine coolant used for this powerful engine was water, which helped to keep down maintenance costs. The 1966 Shelby Cobra could achieve top speeds of 165 MPH.
The characteristic that made the 1966 Shelby Cobra so unique was its mixing of a lightweight and aerodynamically designed body with an incredibly powerful engine. With its configuration, the 1966 Cobra could go from 0 MPH to 50 MPH in just 3.3 seconds. It could go from 0 MPH to 100 MPH in only 10.3 seconds. Its design is low to the ground, which gives the driver complete control at any speed.
The engine for the 1966 Cobra was mounted in the front, but the vehicle had rear-wheel drive to add to its superb handling. The 1966 Shelby Cobra was built for speed and efficiency, but it was also built for safety.
Collecting the 1966 Shelby Cobra
The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 with the 485 HP engine sells for an average price of $1,045,542 USD. The 1966 Cobra 256 with the 410 HP engine sells for an average of $693,940 USD. In 2007, a Shelby Cobra 427 sold for the highest price ever of $5.5 million USD at auction.
Throughout the years, the 1966 Shelby Cobra has sold for prices ranging from $44,000 USD to $5.5 million USD. The range in prices is due to the condition of the vehicle at the time of sale. It is important to note that restoring a 1966 Shelby Cobra to showroom condition is extremely difficult, and many collectors prefer to have Cobras in their as-is condition and not restored.
It is estimated that there are less than 800 1966 Shelby Cobra 427s left in the world. The vehicle that sold for $5.5 million USD 2007 is considered the last Cobra 427 available. In 2015, that vehicle sold for $5.1 million USD.
All Glass & Upholstery has the expertise to repair all classic cars with their original materials to have them showroom ready. Call today to inquire (562) 432-9366.