1965 Cobra 427 Competition Car

1965 Cobra 427 Competition Car

Year: 1965

Make: Cobra

Model: 427

Type: Competition

Chassis: CSX3011

Color: Guardsman Blue with White Stripes

Chassis #
Guardsman Blue with White Stripes

History: Shelby American records show 427 competition car completed 5/14/65 painted guardsman blue with white stripes, fitted with 6.5” and 8.5” Halibrand wheels. CSX3011 was sent to the show car department and toured the country with the Cobra Caravan. Used in the well-known publicity photo. Featured in the 1965 Sports Car Graphic Magazine. Then on display at Hi-Performance Motors in Los Angeles, California. Then in early 1966, it was rented to MGM Studios for use in filming of the Elvis Presley movie Spin Out, where it was driven by “Elvis”. Then after return from MGM, CSX3011 was sold to Moises Solana c/o Ford of Mexico, in Mexico City for a price of $11,393. It included a rare dry sump oil system and Koni shocks. Moises Solano was a well-known Grand Prix driver, having raced in formula one for BRM. Solana raced the Cobra until 1969. It then sells to Juan Carlos Bolanos, who continued to race it. It is then purchased by Jim Southard Marietta, Georgia in the late 1970’s. He has it restored by “Cobra Restorers” in Kennesaw, Georgia. It then sells to Lorne Leibel of Ontario, Canada. Lorne Leibel sells the car in the late 1990’s and some 15 years later buys it back from the same fellow via the Mecum Auction in 2006. He then sends it to Cobra Automotive to be restored.

Condition: An extensive complete frame up restoration is done by Cobra Automotive. This took over 2 years and $250,000.00 to complete. Under the guidance of a well known SAAC Concours Judge. Plus metal work and details of originiality by Cobra expert Jeff Howard. Using all original British rivets throughout and many other special details. The end result was a Gold Award at SAAC 36.


• Coil Spring Cobra Registry AC Cars Limited Invoice for Unpainted Vehicle Dated 1/11/1965

• Shelby American Packing List Dated 9/9/1965

• Voided Shelby American Invoice Date 09/15/1965

• Letter from Shelby American Dated 12/21/1965 Noting the Cobra Caravan

• Invoice from Shelby American to MGM Studios

• Parts List from Lew Spencer to be Shipped with Vehicle Dated 10/11/1966

• Shelby American Invoice to Solana Dated 10/14/1966

• Memo from Lew Spencer Dated 10/11 Noting the Death of Solana

• Cobra Caravan Photo

• Giant Banner Featuring the Above Referenced Documents and Others, Including the Elvis Spin Out Movie Poster

Feature Articles:

•              Sports Car Graphic, 11/65 Issue

•             Shelby American, 2009


• SAAC 32 – Miller Motorsports Park

• SAAC 33 – Thunderbolt Raceway

• SAAC 36 – Gold Award Winner

Of Note: Part of the well-known Cobra Caravan Tour. Featured in the MGM film Spin Out starring Elvis Presley. Raced by Moises Solana. SAAC 36 Gold Award Winner. 1 of 22 427 Competition Models built. Restored by Curt Vogt of Cobra Automotive.

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