Originals and Replicas Score High at 2015 Barrett Jackson Scottsdale!


The 44th annual Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction set records this year.  It was the biggest Barrett Jackson auction ever recording more than $131 million in sales and seeing over 1,600 vehicles auctioned.

Factory Fives and other replicas carried historic high prices as original cars continued to rise way out of reach.  An original green street 427 Shelby (Lot #5090) sold for $1,595,000 while Shelby’s personal Super Snake (Lot #2509) sold for $5,115,000!

Factory Fives continue to fetch good money at Barrett Jackson and Mecum Auctions as the brand is well-known and trusted.  Check out the Factory Fives and notables listed below.  You can also read the whole story on Barrett Jackson’s website.

Lot #477: Factory Five Type 65 Coupe – sold for $57,200

This well-build Factory Five Coupe sold for $57,200 and is powered by a Ford Racing 347 small block mated to a 5-speed TKO transmission.  It has our 3-link rear suspension.  The fit and finish was exceptional, and the glove box door was hand-signed by Bob Bondurant.

Lot #1108: Factory Five GTM – sold for $106,700

This beautiful yellow and black GTM was built with all-new parts, and is powered by a 427 cid LS7 V8.  Carbon fiber splitter, rear wing, and aero parts are complimented with Coddington hand-built custom wheels and stunning black interior.

Other GTMs at Barrett Jackson have sold from $75,000, $85,000, and this one at $106,700.

Lot #252: Factory Five Mk3 Roadster – sold for $60,500

This highly customized Mk3 Roadster included a beautiful 358 cid Ford/Yates engine making 680 HP.  Tons of custom parts including dual roll bars and a massive hood bump made this car a one-of-a-kind custom replica.

Lot #2509: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” – sold for $5,115,000.

This famous original Shelby sold for $5.5 million at Barrett Jackson in 2006 or 2007.  From Barrett Jackson listing: “CSX 3015 is one of only 23 427 competition roadsters built. On September 7, 1965, CSX 3015 was shipped and invoiced to Ford Advanced Vehicles, England, as a 427 Cobra Competition roadster, together with CSX 3014 (another 427 Cobra Competition) and two R-model Shelbys (5R107 and 5R209) for a European promotional tour. It returned back from Europe in late 1966 still as a 427 Cobra Competition. Sometime early to mid-1967, CSX 3015 was transformed into the Super Snake and reclassified as 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (SC). The reason was quite simple: a 427 Cobra Competition didn’t have mufflers, windshield, bumpers, etc. It was a race car only and not street legal. Although many SCs were raced and never saw a public road, all 427 Cobra SCs had titles and were legal to drive on public roads. 427 competition and SC Cobras have different hips and noses. The February 1968 Road & Track pictures of CSX 3015 reference the hips and nose of a 427 competition roadster, not an SC. As history shows, CSX 3015 is one of two Super Snake Cobras built; the other being CSX 3303, which was built for comedian Bill Cosby. CSX 3303 was a 1967 427 street car retained by Shelby American as a PR car and then made into a Super Snake for Cosby. Cosby’s album titled “200 MPH” attests to the fact of why he drove it only once before returning it to Shelby American. Shelby American sold it to S&C Motors in San Francisco, who then sold it to their customer, Tony Maxey. Maxey destroyed himself and CSX 3303 by driving off a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean. After thorough inspection when CSX 3015 arrived home, which included comparing it to other competition Cobras, it was determined CSX 3015 is a full Competition Roadster, still retaining its original body with its 1967 aluminum “Super Snake” hood. Steve Davis scraped through two layers of paint, black and Viking Blue, to find its brilliant Guardsman Blue. It has its original date coded 1965 Competition Girling CR and BR calipers. It still has its 427 Competition 377 rear end with its original rear end oil cooler and pumps. Unbelievably, it still has its original 1965 date-coded engine block, 5M17, December 17, 1965. 3015 still has its original headers with its original chromed side pipes that had been spray painted flat black! In fact, CSX 3015 is so “period original,” it was opted to renew instead of restore.”

Lot #465: 1965 Shelby Cobra Re-creation Rolling Chassis – sold for $24,200.

This Cobra replica was built by Kirkham and was featured in the movie “Iron Man”.  The car was crushed when Iron Man tests out his suit and falls on it.

Lot #1305: 1965 Cobra Custom 427 Roadster – sold for $181,500

This AC Cobra was built by Hot Rods by Boyd in the late ’80s.  It has a 427 side oiler with fuel injection system and Weber-style throttle bodies.  The car has roughly 200 miles on it and has been kept in like-new condition.  This is huge money for a non-original Cobra, and is nice to see Boyd cars pulling huge numbers.

Lot #5050: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster CSX 3169 – $1,595,000

Prices for original cars continue to sky rockets.  It wasn’t that long ago that you could pick-up a street 427 like this for $250,000 – $300,000.  Seeing prices above $1.5 million for a 427 street car is really exciting. From Barrett Jackson’s website: “CSX3169 was built on work order #18044 opened on 10/1/65 and finished 12/1/65. Upon completion, the car was delivered to Hayward Motors and sold on 12/13/65 to J.S. Toma. This car was brought back to Hayward in April of 1966 for warranty work. The next known owner was Kevin Nugent, who sold the car in 1976 to Bob Able with 27,000 miles. The car was then sold to Bill Contesin in 1987. After being out of the public eye for many years, CSX3169 was found close to original condition in 2012. The current owner commissioned a full, no-expense-spared, nut and bolt restoration in its factory correct original shade of Vineyard Green. Well-documented by the Shelby American Registry. Original drivetrain, unmodified body and original Sunburst wheels. An extremely rare chance to win a true factory-spec 427 Street Cobra.”