Elvis Presley's exclusive 500-horsepower supercar put up for auction (photo)
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The Shelby 427 Competition Cobra combines a European chassis and a huge 500-horsepower American V8. With. The car is capable of reaching 300 km/h.
A very rare 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra is being sold at RM Sotheby's in the US. For a car, they may well get from 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars. The history of the supercar was told on the website of the auction house.
The original Shelby Cobra 427 supercar is a very rare model in itself, with less than 300 such convertibles produced in total. The sports car combined British chassis and design with a huge 7-liter American Ford V8.
The racing version of the Competition is much more valuable, because only 23 of these cars were produced in total. Their engine was boosted to 500 hp. with., which made it possible to develop 300 km/h and accelerate to 100 km/h in 4 s. In addition, the sports car is equipped with improved brakes.
The Shelby 427 Competition Cobra was marked by numerous race victories and the Shelby team even won the FIA GT World Championship in 1965. But this particular car did not take part in the competition at first – it was used for photo shoots, auto shows throughout America and journalistic test drives.
And back in 1966, Elvis Presley got behind the wheel of this Shelby 427 Competition Cobra. The fact is that the car was used on the set of the film “Weekend in California”, where the king of rock and roll played the role of a racer.
Then the supercar ended up in Mexico, where it took part in several races, but was damaged by a fire. Shelby Cobra was restored and since then the car has been kept in private collections and has changed owners several times.