From: Hemmings Motor NewsDate: December 1983Price then: $39,500 ($94,900 adjusted for inflation, about the cost…
This 427 Shelby Cobra looks absolutely gorgeous in green
A Shelby Cobra is a brute of a car, and the 427-cubic-inch V-8 models are the most aggressive of the bunch. All that brawn doesn’t mean they can’t be gorgeous though, and this green 1967 example is living proof.
This Cobra, CSX3281, left the factory powered by a 428 engine and just one option—a radio. The attractive green over black interior is certainly an odd color choice for a car designed for race track heroics, rather than black-tie galas. Of course, if your goal is to make a statement like no other, a sleek green British roadster with a guttural American exhaust note would certainly do the trick.
Faithful to its original look since restoration, CSX3281 has undergone at least a few changes through its life. Its third owner was Rick Reese, who happened to work for Cobra Performance in California. Under his ownership, the 428 engine got pulled in favor of a 427 and its bigger bore. The car also received the S/C (semi-competition) treatment which involved larger rear fender flares, hood scoop, side pipes, and new dash layout. One of the more interesting items to grace this car was the 42-gallon fuel tank, which is absolutely massive, but it would allow a reasonable driving range considering how much that 427 likes to drink gas.
More recently, this green beauty received a restoration that included great effort to return the car to its 1967 specification. With only a few test miles since completion, this car is begging to hit the road or show circuit. Head to RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale auction so you can put your bid on this elegant roadster in just a few weeks. Its pre-sale estimate is $1.35M-$1.45M, so if you want to bring this beauty home, you’ll want to bring the checkbook.