SHELBY COBRA DIECAST of America's Most Sought-After Muscle Car!
The Shelby Cobra 427 was the fastest, wildest, sexiest, and most heart-pounding muscle car on American roads.
Anyone with racing fuel running through their blood wanted one. But with only a little over a thousand ever built, originals commanded prices of well over a million dollars! And in one extreme case ... $5.5 Million!
So what's a Shelby Cobra enthusiast to do?
Shelby Cobra Diecast are an inexpensive way to stoke your desire for this ultimate muscle car. On this site I've assembled some of the best Shelby Cobra 427 Diecast Cars for sale by some of the most creative designers, modelers, and artists around.
So if you have racing fuel for blood, then a Shelby Cobra Diecast car may be the next best thing to owning the real thing!
(Above Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Guardsman Blue Diecast by Kyosho.)
SUPER SNAKE - THE CAR:
Twin Paxton superchargers - 800 horsepower - the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake is The Ultimate Muscle Car and most expensive American car ever sold!
- "When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road,"
- said Carroll Shelby.
- "Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world. It's the fastest street legal Cobra I've ever owned."
There were only two Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake ever built. One was Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Super Snake (CSX3015) and the other Super Snake (CSX3303) Shelby built for close friend and famed comedian Bill Cosby.
Cosby's first drive in that car scared the crap out of him so much he returned it to Shelby. That fright-induced experience eventually became one of Bill Cosby's most famous comedy skits called "Bill Cosby 200 MPH" and the "Cosby on The Tonight Show" routine with Jay Leno. Have a listen ... they're both hilarious!
- "Ladies and gentleman, I was idling... I was idling... the car had not moved, I had not put my foot on the gas pedal... and it was killing people..." - Bill Cosby
This second Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake was subsequently sold to Tony Maxey who, very sadly and unfortunately, destroyed it in a fatal crash off of a cliff into the Pacific Ocean leaving just CSX3015 as the only one-of-its-kind in the world.
CSX3015 was last owned by Harley E. Cluxton III, who recently sold it at the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in 2007. The bidding went crazy (videos below), and when it ended the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sold for $5.5 Million making it the most expensive American car ever sold!
Back in February 1968, Road & Track magazine referred to the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX3015 as "The Cobra to End All Cobras." Thirty nine years later, that same CSX3015 Super Snake broke the all time sales records at Barrett-Jackson! A car truly worth immortalizing.
SUPER SNAKE - THE DIECAST:
A couple years ago I was given a Franklin Mint 1:24 scale diecast of the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake. I was really impressed ... the detail was phenomenal, the accuracy so real you'd think it was actually a real car in miniature that could start up and peel away.
This Franklin Mint diecast is a Limited Edition of 5,000 worldwide ... a few more than the one-of-a-kind original. Item number B11E792. They are precision-engineered, built, painted and polished by hand from more than 150 separate components.
I really enjoy the one I have, but alas it's not 100% perfect. I have three minor issues with it, none of them deal breakers preventing me from ever buying another Franklin Mint:
- The hood is not diecast like the rest of the body so for some strange reason the paint color is slightly darker than the body in certain angles and light conditions.
- The glue holding the hood to the hinges dried out so the hood just fell off and is now loose.
- The car's suspension, being spring loaded, sits too high - it's at the top of the suspension travel - so there's way too much gap between the tires and fenders so it looks like it's on stilts as compared to the original real Cobra 427 Super Snake.
So again, no major issues, and a couple are easily fixable. I just plan to reattach the hood to the hinge with modellers glue and lower the car to proper ride height with some creative custom fabricated suspension tweeks.
As I'm not overly concerned about maintaining the intrinsic value of this limited edition collectible diecast ... I just want it to sit "correct" like the original car ... therefore my willingness to make modifications. There's nothing I can do about the hood paint color though. Pity.
Overall, the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake by Franklin Mint is an excellent Shelby Cobra Diecast collectible muscle car for anyone who loves the cars Carroll Shelby built.
The next Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake I plan to get will be a 1:18 scale version. I have a much greater collection of 1:18 diecast that really begs having the badass evil-looking Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake parked in there with the rest of them.
Hailed as "the best 427 Cobra collectible ever produced", the Kyosho 1:12 scale Shelby Cobra 427 S/C is the most sought after, highly prized, most detailed and realistic looking collectible ever produced. See the below Kyosho Video Review for exciting details.
Originally offered above in Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes and matt black pipes (item 08631GBL), and now the below "just released" menacing Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Silver with no stripes (item 08631S). They'll both spoil you with their incredible detail:
- opening precision fit doors
- opening hood and trunk
- opening competition gas cap
- removable soft tonneau cover
- steel braided engine hoses
- period correct tri-bar headlights
- photo-etched radiator & oil cooler grilles
- detailed gauges with reverse rotating speedometer
- cloth Simpson labeled race harnesses
- and much more ... it's almost overkill!
The Shelby Cobra 427 S/C 1:12 scale by Kyosho is for the very serious diehard Cobra fanatic. Priced: $450 to $550.
Limited Edition of 1,000 worldwide.
Beyond awesome, the Kyosho 1:12 scale Shelby Cobra 427 S/C in Silver is just so real looking!
Limited Edition 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C in Aluminum diecast by Franklin Mint. Item number B11YF05.
This is one sensational diecast! A pretty damn near perfect model depicting the last "street legal" version of the Cobra - the 427 S/C (Semi Competition).
The S/C was the ultimate street Cobra!
Limited Edition 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Stars & Stripes diecast by Franklin Mint. Item number B11E691.
If this doesn't make you patriotic for baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Shelby Cobra's ... then nothing will.
Limited Edition 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Blue diecast by Franklin Mint. Item number B11F070.
A faithful recreation of CSX3042, regarded by many expert Shelby Cobra collectors as one of the last 427 S/C's ever sold. CSX3042 is also regarded as one of the most original Cobras in existence, faithfully preserved and maintained, it is among the rarest, most desirable S/Cs ever.
But you gotta admit ... that blue-and-gold paint scheme and blue striped tires are just boss!
Limited Edition of 2,500.
Limited Edition Elvis Presley's 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C diecast by Franklin Mint. Item number B11F677.
A faithful recreation of Elvis Presley's #11 Shelby Cobra from his 1966 movie called "Spinout". This is probably one of the most recognizable Shelby Cobras in the world.
Limited Edition of 1,500 worldwide.
Limited Edition Shelby King of the Cobras diecast by Franklin Mint. Item number B11E839.
Wild paint job with two fang-bearing King Cobras on the hood emerging from flames and a multi-colored surface of snake hide on the trunk. About as badass as badass can be and look!
Limited Edition of 5,000.
No matter how big or small your Shelby Cobra lust, there's a special Shelby Cobra 427 diecast sized just right for you!
The sights and sounds are straight up sex! I think I need a cigarette!
Vote for your favorite Shelby Cobra Diecast - If you could only get one, which would it be?
Thanks for visiting Shelby Cobra Diecast!
My original intention when I started this lens was to locate and showcase some of the best Shelby Cobra Diecast available.
It became an obsession for a while finding them all and hopefully I've succeeded to fuel your desire for these beautiful beasts.
However my quest is not over and I continue to hunt down these creative works of art. If you come across any in your travels you believe deserve to be shown here please let me know.
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(Above Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Guardsman Blue Diecast by Kyosho.)
Do You Love Shelby Cobras? - Is it on your Bucket List to own one some day?
CEFA-CEFA on August 06, 2012:
I love this car...
anonymous on February 20, 2012:
nice car. love it
Ben Reed from Redcar on February 13, 2012:
I tremendous car.
MelonyVaughan on February 13, 2012:
These diecasts are so beautiful they look real!
TrebAllen (author) on January 10, 2012:
@anonymous: I totally agree. That Kyosho Shelby Cobra 427 S/C diecast looks so dang real, you almost wish you could jump in, fire that bad boy up, and take it for a spin!
anonymous on January 10, 2012:
Plain and simple, just an awesome car! Even the diecast looks great.
HMQ on April 03, 2011:
I wish I could afford a real Cobra but, since at the moment I cannot I would opt for the "1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C in Aluminum Diecast" because it looks down right cool.