1966 AC Cobra Partial Registry Info
Cobra, street version, red/black. Shelby American work order #18051, "Build 427 Street Cobra CSX3162," was opened on 11/16/65 and closed on 12/10/65. Shelby invoice #A 1677, dated 12/30/65, billed Tasca Ford Sales, Inc. (E. Providence, RI) for the car: "CSX3162, 1966 427 Cobra, $6,145.00 plus freight, $335, total: $6,480.00." The car wasn't delivered until the spring of '66 and arrived via the Cobra Caravan, a traveling promotional tour featuring examples of Shelby American cars. Edward Karedes (MA), the original owner of 3162, said he was at Tasca Ford when the Caravan pulled in and accepted the keys to his car directly from Carroll Shelby himself. It was equipped with 6.5' FIA Halibrands, 2x4Vs and wide rear fenders. Karedes repainted it metallic purple in the '70s. 3162 was returned to red n the '80s, offset by new black side pipes and a driver's roll bar. It was sold in 8/86 to Allen D. Weiss, who lived no more than 2 miles from Karedes and had known the car for years. 3162 appeared at SAAC-12 (Charlotte, NC) 7/87 and at SAAC-14 (Pocono, PA) 7/89, taking 2nd place in the popular vote 427 Cobra class at the latter. Weiss entered 3162 in the Topsfield, MA spring auction in '91, but elected to keep the car. He told a friend about his thought of selling it again in 2/05, and within 5 days it was gone. Buyers were the father-and-son team of Nick and Paul Bigioni (Ontario, CAN). They, in turn, sold the care late in '06 to Legendary Motorcars (CAN) and it was bought through them by Michael Scot Smith (Toronto, CAN) in 1/07. Legendary re-acquired 3162 several months later and consigned it to the 8/07 Gooding Auction (Monterey, CA) with an expected price in the $800-900K range. The car was bid to $740K and was sold later to Andre Ahrle (FL).
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
When Ford revamped the Mustang for 1967 to accommodate its big block V-8, Carroll Shelby took the opportunity to capitalize on the development, and the mighty GT500 was born. While Mustangs were limited to a 390/320 HP engine, Shelby took his usual liberties in the horsepower department and dropped in a modified Police Interceptor 428 CI V-8, adding the 427’s cast aluminum intake manifold, dual inline Holley 600 CFM 4-barrel carburetors, Shelby finned aluminum valve covers and oval air cleaner and other touches to produce a conservative rating of 355 HP. Suspension was a fortified version of the GT package, and power steering and front disc brakes were standard. Arguably the most striking feature of the new Shelby was its aggressive styling treatment, created with fiberglass front and rear body pieces and the distinctive deep front grille with its dual inset driving lights. Only 172 Shelby GT500s were finished in this beautifully restored example’s Candyapple Red, approximately 75 of which were 4-speed equipped. It was sold new by Burns Ford Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky, where it was delivered with White LeMans stripes, Black Deluxe interior with roll bar and inertia reel harnesses, extra cooling package and courtesy light group, fold down rear seat, a heavy duty battery and special Goodyear tires supplied by Shelby. Restored to factory specifications with no modifications, it is listed in the Shelby Registry with notes from four previous owners and is further documented with copies of the production order, warranty and policy form and a Deluxe Marti Report.