What is the rarest Shelby Cobra? The 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake
In 1966, Shelby American introduced the world to the Shelby Cobra Super Snake. This car was unlike anything else on the road and it quickly became one of the most sought-after cars in the world. Unfortunately, only two of these cars were ever produced, making them incredibly rare and valuable today. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these machines, you have a true automotive treasure on your hands. Here’s a closer look at the history and legacy of the Shelby Cobra Super Snake.
The Shelby Cobra Super Snake is a unicorn in the world of rare automobiles. Only two were made, famously for Carroll Shelby and his friend, stand-up comedian Bill Cosby. What makes this particular car so special is its revved-up performance: capable of putting out 800 horsepower with its supercharged motor. What also makes it unique is how it’s a combination of the iconic 427 model design cut with parts and features from other models such as the 289 street engine and LeMans race brakes to provide a highly modified, powerful driving experience. With only two of these vintage cars ever produced and ultimately owned by private citizens, the Shelby Cobra Super Snake has become one of the world’s most sought-after collectibles in history.
The 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake is one special car, and in 2021 it showed why. A Super Snake crossed the block at the Barret-Jackson auction and went for a record-setting 5 million dollars. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for a Shelby Cobra Super Snake and showcases it’s collectability and iconic status as an indelible part of automotive history. It goes to show that Carroll Shelby’s work endures decades after its initial development, ensuring that well-maintained examples of his greatest accomplishments will remain prized investments both on the open market, and in rare garage collections.