Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra Roadster sold for $5.4 million at Mecum Auctions

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Fans of muscle cars believe there is nothing more exciting than this type of machinery and after the gavel banged on Friday, Jan. 15 at the Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Fla. over the 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster, they have 5.4 million reasons to back up that claim.

After a spirited battle between two bidders (which can be seen in the video above), the historic car sold for a whopping $5.4 million.

The car was so special that legendary car designer Carroll Shelby purchased it in 1966 and never let it go. It remained in his personal collection for more than 45 years until his death in 2012.

When it was set to be delivered to Shelby American on Jan. 7, 1966 the work order specified a 427 engine with dual quads and a 4-speed Toploader transmission.

The Shelby American work order specifying the build of “427 Street Cobra CSX3178” was opened on Jan. 7, 1966, and closed on March 3, when it was shipped to Carroll Shelby’s Dallas home sporting a 427 with dual quads and a 4-speed Toploader transmission.

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Throughout its lifetime, this 427 Shelby Cobra experienced several changes. In 1972 it was repainted Guardsman Blue with a gold nose. In 2002 it sported the color red, as did many of Shelby’s Cobras. In 2016, Legendary Motorcar Company restored it back to 1965 specifications, including the original Charcoal Gray.

According to Mecum auctions, this 427 Cobra Roadster, chassis number CSX3178, “is the big brother of CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. CSX2000 recently sold for almost $14 million. CSX3178 occupies a hallowed place in Cobra history, and it is the only 427 Cobra Carroll Shelby owned from new until his passing.”

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Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.