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1966 AC 427 Cobra CSX 3187
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Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$675,000.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1966 AC 427 Cobra CSX 3187
Lot was Sold: $675,000
RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
March 14, 2009
Website: www.rmauctions.com
Lot #264

Est. 550bhp, 427 cu. in. "side-oiler" overhead-valve V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 90"

The Cobra on offer, chassis CSX 3187, was built in October 1965 by AC Cars in England before being shipped to Shelby American's facilities in Los Angeles, finished in red. Following completion by Shelby, it was trucked to J.D. Ball Ford in Miami, Florida, where it was to be sold new.

CSX 3187 was restored in 2001 and never saw a drop of gas in its fuel tank until its appearance at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2004, where it handily secured Best in Class honors. It remains in outstanding, show-quality condition to this day and has barely been driven in its three decades of single ownership. While it was started regularly and carefully maintained, it currently shows less than 5,900 original miles.

The balanced and blueprinted engine is equipped with a medium-rise intake manifold, dual four-barrel carburetors and cast iron cylinder heads, as per its original delivery. It is mated to a four-speed top-loader transmission, whose date proves quite conclusively that it is original to the car. In fact, the only incorrect items under the hood are the water pump pulley and water reservoir, both of which are incorrectly chrome plated � a comparatively trivial detail.

Of course the body is original as well, as confirmed by the CSX 3187 markings on various places, including the doors, hood and trunk lid and even the floor boards and tunnel inside the cockpit. The Wilton wool carpeting is complemented by matching black Connolly leather upholstery, just as the car left the factory. Other original equipment to this car, which was covered in the video, includes the radiator, optional Smith's heater, Smith's gauges (complete with clockwise speedometer), steering wheel, seatbelts, Lucas lighting, proper front and rear bumper hoops, windwings and of course the Halibrand six-spoke magnesium wheels, which were an unusual S/C feature on this car, particularly since most street Cobras were delivered with Peter Brock-designed Sunburst wheels. The original clear turn signal lights are rather atypical as well since most 427 Cobras left the factory with amber units. Contrary to the information printed in the 1997 edition of the Shelby American World Registry, however, this car retains its original top and tonneau. One of the few additions is the oil cooler, a proper Coventry Radiator unit, which was added earlier in its history and the stainless steel side pipes, which Goudie admits was the most difficult decision of his restoration as it required cutting holes into the fender. The original under-car exhaust simply created too much floor heat and drained the 427 of about 50 horsepower. As such, the holes were cut with a lip folded over, precisely as it would have been done by AC in England over 40 years earlier.

Ultimately, the only elements that would require alteration in order to return the car to full, factory-correct standards are the stainless steel screws used under the hood, various screw-type clamps and the bare aluminum wheel wells - all of which are relatively simple changes.
Keywords: 1966 AC 427 Cobra CSX 3187


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