Iconic One Of Three Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake Head For Auction
Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake is estimated to fetch $1.1- to $1.3-million. Only three units produced
Worldwide Auctioneers Texas Classic Auction secured one rather peculiar auction entry for this year. The car on the picture is the Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake, one of three independently prepared units. Wearing the original Fuchsia Metallic finish and the original chassis number CSX 2093, the car will definitely reach some serious money at an auction later this month.
This particular machine has been modified and prepared by Jim Costilow and Bruce Larson. Back in the day, they did not dramatically change all the prospects of the car in order to race it on the drag strip. This one had exactly 23 modifications compared with the new car. But they were enough to make this car an iconic piece of American car industry.
Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake Had An Amazing Winning Streak
As expected, this lightweight car had a more than a successful winning streak. Not only did it compete in many NHRA events, but it took gold at Pomona, California Winternationals, the Bristol, Tennessee Springnationals, and the U.S. Nationals. And all of that only in 1965. Interestingly, it would continue to race all the way until 1967.
Preparing the car for all the racing efforts included the addition of an all-new engine. Small Cobra gained new Ford 289 V8 for mighty 380hp. This Dragonsnake though had a slightly different setup with an engine developing 325hp. However, thanks to the lightweight body of only 2,000 pounds, the car was more than capable of winning some major events.
Other modifications and improvements include the addition of rear fender flares, American Racing wheels, drag slicks, a chrome roll bar, and a Sun tachometer.
Obviously, all the equipment for successful racing. As expected, this iconic Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake can become quite valuable. It is estimated it will fetch $1.1- to $1.3-million when it hits the auction block.