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The legendary Carroll Shelby with one of his Cobras.

To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.

 

How do you capture a legend? Or lightning in a bottle? This is how: With Carroll Shelby’s ultimate proof of concept, a 1966 Shelby Cobra packing an 800hp twin-supercharged 427ci V8. This, as Carroll Shelby himself put it, is “the Cobra to end all Cobras,” the 427 Super Snake, a snarling fire-breather capable of terrifying even the most seasoned racers. It’s no wonder the legend himself chose this as his personal car. Legends don’t get much bigger than this.

Carroll Shelby himself was on the block when his Super Snake first sold at the 2007 Scottsdale Auction for a record-setting $5.5 million.

Probably the most-asked question of any Barrett-Jackson team member is, “What is the most valuable car you’ve ever sold?” Here’s your answer. Of all the extraordinary collector cars that have crossed our block, this one – to date – holds the top spot, setting a world auction record at the time of its first sale. It’s also among the most famous: It carries the honor of being the most-search-for car on the Barrett-Jackson website.

Known as CSX3015 – the car’s VIN – the Cobra first crossed the block at the 2007 Scottsdale Auction. The Super Snake created a frenzy, with millions tuning in to watch the excitement unfold on live television and thousands in the auction arena holding their breath as the bidding climbed into the millions. It was like nothing ever witnessed before.

Carroll Shelby takes a last look at his Cobra before it drove up onto the block in 2007.

In attendance was the man himself, Carroll Shelby. Dressed in all black, Shelby stood atop the auctioneer’s podium next to Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis. In his characteristic gravelly drawl, he announced matter-of-factly to the crowd: “It’s one-of-a-kind; this is the only one like it. I got stopped doing 190 miles an hour in Nevada in it. And I did kill a buzzard with it one time. Nasty, nasty.”

“Carroll Shelby’s personal Cobra – it doesn’t get any rarer than that,” added Craig Jackson. With that said, bidding took off at a breakneck pace, with the Cobra soaring to an utterly astounding $5.5 million final sale price. Eight years later, the legendary Super Snake would change hands again at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, playing a starring role as the crown jewel of the Ron Pratte Collection. A final price of $5.115 million took the mythical snake home this time around.

FYI’s Steve Magnante describes the famous Super Snake to the TV audience as those in the arena look on during the car’s March 2021 sale in Scottsdale.

Always the headline news of the auction, as well as being a record-setter Super Snake CSX 3015 changed hands at Barrett-Jackson once again – this time, at the March 2021 Scottsdale Auction as the centerpiece of an astonishing private collection. From the moment the brilliant blue roadster roared onto the auction block, the arena erupted in cheers as the bidding escalated, until the gavel fell and “The Cobra to End All Cobras” raced off with a final sale price of $5.5 million.

Carroll Shelby claimed his 800 horsepower Super Snake would run from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds – a remarkable feat barely matched by the technology-laden supercars of today, and even more remarkable when considering the car’s age spans more than half a century.

The Super Snake is so much more than just another Cobra. It is the Cobra, Shelby’s ultimate performer; one that adds to the legend of Carroll Shelby and to the magic that is the Barrett-Jackson experience.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE COBRA TO END ALL COBRAS: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-cobra-to-end-all-cobras-a-50-facts-favorite-memories-feature/
Published Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:37:36 +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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