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Carroll Shelby’s Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX 4404

 

Carroll Shelby was a larger-than-life figure who built some larger-than-life cars. But even when sifting through the legends of the various racing machines and tire smoking muscle cars his company built, some of Carroll’s projects really stand out. The tale of the Super Snake Cobra is undoubtedly one of most outrageous episodes of Shelby’s long career.

Seeking to one-up himself, not to mention certain European sports car makers, Shelby tasked his crew with the creation of a pair of 427 Cobras — already one of the most brutally powerful sports cars ever built — fitted with twin Paxton superchargers. After much custom fabrication, they succeeded magnificently. Power output was well into race car territory, and the cars were visually striking as well, with unique, oversize hood scoops necessary to provide room for the pair of superchargers.

One of the cars (CSX 3015) was owned by Carroll himself for a while before passing through the hands of a series of high-profile owners. In more recent times, that car has crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson on more than one occasion, generating headline-making sales. The other original Super Snake was wrecked in the 1960s and unsalvageable.

The story doesn’t quite end there, however.

Decades later, in the mid-1990s, Shelby began producing a series of 427 S/C “continuation Cobras” that incorporated a few modern updates but were otherwise a complete revival of the originals. Available with either fiberglass or hand-formed aluminum bodies, these Cobras delivered the looks, feel and raw performance that earned the Cobra its fame in the 1960s. The 427 S/C continuation Cobras were given CSX 4000 and, later, CSX 6000 designations by Shelby American.

It was inevitable that somebody would figure out this development was a great opportunity to build a continuation Super Snake Cobra.

And so it came to pass. The Cobra featured here, Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX 4404, scheduled to cross the block at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve, is one of three authorized continuation Super Snakes known to exist. It rolled off the assembly line and was delivered to its owner at the time of Carroll’s passing in May 2012.

In substance, the aluminum-bodied CSX 4404 is a very close cousin to CSX 3015. It is powered by a 427 cubic-inch V8 boosted by two Paxton superchargers that feed a pair of 4-barrel Holley carburetors mounted on a cross-ram intake manifold. That engine sings a throaty song through black side pipes. Like all the best vintage Ford performance cars, the engine is teamed with a Toploader 4-speed manual transmission.

The Guardsman Blue Cobra incorporates all the 1960s-era detailing that made the 427 Cobra so special, like the chrome roll bar behind the driver. Like the 1960s Cobra Super Snakes, it has the special hood with cavernous scoop that makes room for the twin Paxtons.

The interior likewise follows the classic Cobra script, with black leather bucket seats, wood-rimmed Cobra steering wheel and S/C gauges with additional instruments to monitor boost and fuel pressure. The dashboard carries Carroll’s signature.

The car’s provenance is as locked down as any 1960s Cobra. It has had only one owner and has been driven less than 20 miles from new. Documentation includes the original Build Sheet and the original Shelby Automobiles, Inc., MSO signed by Carroll himself. This is one Cobra that has all the tools to achieve greatness, just waiting for a new owner to start blazing trails that will become part of tomorrow’s Shelby lore.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SUPER ONCE MORE: Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake CSX 4404 shows what happens when a great idea makes an encore
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/shelby-cobra-427-super-snake-csx-4404/
Published Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 20:49:35 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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