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Shelby to auction Supersnake Cobra

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Supersnake up for auctionat Barrett-Jackson

Automotive-design legend Carroll Shelby is putting his own 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Supersnake up on the auction block, Gizmag has noticed.

The twin-supercharged beast will be auctioned at the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., this January. Shelby has said this is the fastest street-legal Ford he has ever owned, and it was once referred to by Road & Track as "the Cobra to End All Cobras," according to Barrett-Jackson.

Serial number CSX3015 has a 427 twin Paxton supercharged V8 engine (800 hp) with a 3-speed automatic transmission. It was upgraded by Shelby himself from one of 19 production competition Cobras.

CSX3000 and CXS7000 continuation cars normally sell for a huge premium over replicas because they hold vintage VIN number tags from original cars that were never built. For this reason, they are not considered replicas by the Shelby American Automobile Club: SAAC values them as "genuine Shelby American Cobras," though not originals.

This CSX in particular, though, will fetch top dollar. As Cobra fans know, this is the only one left of its kind. The other "Supersnake," serial number CSX3303 owned by Bill Cosby, was destroyed in an accident. To give you an idea of "top dollar," the CSX2136 1963 Cobra 289 Le Mans went for $1.6 million at auction in March, according to Sports Car Market.