Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele''s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.Without doubt, Carroll Shelby’s thundering Cobra roadsters remain the single most important American high-performance icon of the 20th Century. Quickly redeveloped into ultimate “big-block” form with FE-block 427 power under Shelby’s lead engineer Ken Miles, the Cobra continued its winning ways through 1973, followed by countless wins in historic racing circles ever since. Expensive and highly rare when new, Shelby’s big-block Cobras were never truly mass-produced. Just over 300, including 260 “street” cars, 23 full-competition cars, and 27 SC (semi-comp) Cobras were built in all, with most, if not all, accounted for and highly documented. In all its forms, the 427 Cobra was a mighty racing car and virtually unbeatable on the road, but accidents and hard driving claimed many of them early on. Documented in the Shelby American World Registry, this outstanding 1967 Cobra, numbered CSX3264, is one of precious few in existence retaining its undamaged and original aluminum bodywork. Costa Mesa, California’s Theodore Robins Ford sold it new on January 30, 1967 to F.E. Hamilton of Long Beach. Its next owner was rock ‘n roll singing legend Rod Stewart, who is believed to have sold the car in January 1976 to a Beverly Hills dealer. It is believed that in early 1977, legendary surf music artists Jan Berry and Dean Torrance of “Jan and Dean” fame acquired CSX3264. Their choice of the Cobra is fitting, as the duo joined forces with the Beach Boys in the studio as the “Rip Chords” in 1963 to record the massive hit song “Hey Little Cobra.” During the early 1980s, Newport Beach, California’s Larry Pacini acquired it, and then Bill Bauce of Rancho Santa Fe, California purchased it in 1990. The next owner was well-known collector Chris Cox of Raleigh, North Carolina, who acquired the Cobra in January 1996 and then resold it to Len Perham of California. While the Cobra had already been completely restored under Mr. Bauce during 1993 by Steve Frisbie’s multiple award-winning Steve’s Auto Restorations of Portland, Oregon at a cost of over $200,000, Len Perham elevated its presentation even further after purchasing the car. In mute testimony of the Cobra’s quality, it won “Best in Class” shortly after completion at the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance. Next, Andy Rachleff, also of California, acquired CSX3264.As offered, the Cobra is finished in the original color combination of Rangoon Red with Black upholstery, with White “Le Mans” stripes providing the perfect crowning touch. Other desirable features include a roll bar and a competition fuel-filler cap. A proper, date-correct 427 cubic-inch side-oiler delivers power, equipped with medium-riser cylinder heads, a dual four-barrel intake manifold, and Jet-coated headers and thundering side-exit exhaust pipes. Fewer than 1,000 miles have been covered since the full engine rebuild. Of course, in addition to the favourable climatic conditions CSX3264 has enjoyed throughout its existence, the Cobra has received meticulously maintenance and climate-controlled storage. Remaining simply stunning and continuing to appear fresh, CSX3264 is simply an outstanding example of the peak of its storied breed. Steeped in motorsports history and possessing a roster of owners including entertainment legends and top collectors, CSX3264 will certainly provide a perfect cornerstone of any serious collection of the world’s finest high-performance cars.