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Carroll Shelby’s personal Super Snake set for Barrett-Jackson auction

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The first production Ford Thunderbird sold

The twin-supercharged 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built for personal use by Carroll Shelby will be offered by Barrett-Jackson during its Scottsdale collector car auction, the third time since 2007 that the car has been auctioned by Barrett-Jackson.

The Super Snake, chassis CSX 3015, will be auctioned as part of a private collection of special sports cars, muscle cars and exotics that will be included in Barrett-Jackson’s 50th anniversary auction to be held March 20-27. The customary January dates for the annual sale were pushed back because of the ongoing pandemic.

The first production Ford Thunderbird sold

Another unique offering from the 18-car collection is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that was the first production model sold to the public.

The Super Snake was sold twice before by Barrett-Jackson, the first time in 2007 with Carroll Shelby present to introduce the car. The supercharged Cobra still reigns as the highest-priced Shelby sold at public auction.

In 2007, Phoenix-area builder and Barrett-Jackson regular Ron Pratte purchased the Shelby for a then-astounding $5.5 million (results include auction fees), making it the top-selling vehicle at any Barrett-Jackson auction at the time.

The Super Snake on the block at Barrett-Jackson

The Super Snake on the block at Barrett-Jackson

Pratte sold the Super Snake and the rest of his vast collector car and automobilia collection at Barrett-Jackson in 2017, when the Cobra fetched $5.115 million.

“CSX 3015 is arguably one of the most iconic, and important, American sports cars ever built,” Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “In 1968, Road & Track called it ‘The Cobra To End All Cobras,’ and it has more than lived up to that standard.

“When it first crossed our block in 2007, Carroll was there and told the story of how he got pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol doing 190 mph in the car. Its sale ended up setting a new world record for any Shelby vehicle sold at auction. Carroll often said, ‘make history, then repeat it,’ and that’s exactly what we hope to do again. This car was truly ‘Carroll’s Cobra,’ and it, along with other incredible vehicles selling from this private collection, will make collector car history next month.”

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built for personal use by Carroll Shelby

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built for personal use by Carroll Shelby

CSX 3015 originally was built by Shelby’s crew as a race car, one of just 23 competition 427 Cobras produced. A year later, it was transformed into the ultra-high-performance Super Snake for Carroll Shelby’s personal use on the street.

“Shelby American added twin Paxton superchargers to the 427ci V8 and mated it to a 3-speed automatic transmission that could handle the massive power,” according to the Barrett-Jackson news release. “The car was wicked fast and became a cultural icon.”

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built for personal use by Carroll Shelby

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built for personal use by Carroll Shelby

Just one other Super Snake was built by Shelby American, but the Cobra and its owner perished decades ago when it was driven off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean.

Another special Shelby Cobra that will be auctioned from the collection is a continuation car from the CSX 4000 Series that was commissioned by Carroll Shelby.

The collection also includes four rare Chevrolet performance cars, a 1969 Yenko Chevelle, one of 99 built and the only one known to exist with a column-shift automatic transmission; a 1968 Corvette COPO convertible, the only one known to be finished in British Green with a Dark Orange leather interior; a 1969 Camaro custom coupe powered by a 7.0-liter GM LS7 with a Magna supercharger; and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car convertible, a genuine Z11-coded RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car.

The 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle

The 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle

The Super Snake will be one of the few vehicles at the Scottsdale sale to be offered with a reserve minimum bid price, with the rest of the collection and nearly every other lot at the auction to be sold without reserves.

For more information about the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, visit the company website.

This article, written by Bob Golfen, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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Turn back time with this retro 2021 Ford F-150

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2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150

After launching a retro design package for the Ford F-150 about two years ago, Ohio dealership Beechmont Ford is back with another version for the redesigned 2021 F-150.

First spotted by Motor1, the 2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150 features basically the same ingredients as before, including a two-tone vinyl wrap, retro 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch all-terrain tires, and a 3.5-inch lift kit. A chrome bed rack and KC Hi Lights complete the look. The default Satin Pearl wrap can also be substituted for actual paint.

While the previous retro F-150 was based on the XLT trim level, the 2021 model shown here is based on the higher-level Lariat model. You can still get the retro package on an XLT, or a different 2021 F-150 trim level should you desire. Beechmont Ford does recommend the factory Chrome Package, which matches the bed rack and polished wheels.

2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150

Beechmont is asking for a $500 deposit on the package. Customers must order their trucks directly from Ford and specify delivery to Beechmont, which will then add the retro extras.

The dealership noted that wait times are longer than usual due to the global microchip shortage, which has heavily impacted truck production. It’s currently estimating a six-month wait time for delivery.

Beechmont doesn’t just do retro trucks. This is also the dealership that began offering a 750-hp supercharged Ford Mustang for $44,994 last year. Beechmont takes a stock 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang GT and adds a Roush Phase 2 supercharger, which is normally a $7,999 item on its own. You even get a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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Should you use racing oil in your road car?

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Ford Mustang NASCAR Xfinity Series race car

Every part of a modern race car is optimized to extract maximum performance—including the fluids that go into it. Specialized racing oil is a must in the paddock, but is it a good idea to use that in your road car?

“Engineering Explained” host Jason Fenske answers that question in this video, talking to engineers from Mobil1 (which also sponsored the video), engine builder Roush Yates Engines, and NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing.

First off, Fenske emphasizes that racing engines don’t have much in common with road-car engines. Pushrod V-8s like the ones used in NASCAR disappeared from the average American car decades ago, and racing engines in general have a very different duty cycle. They’re flogged (a NASCAR V-8 can rev to 10,000 rpm and spend 90% to 95% of a race at full throttle), but also have fairly short maintenance intervals. NASCAR engines have their oil changed about every 500 miles and are only expected to last about 1,500 miles, Fenske noted.

 

Ford Mustang NASCAR Xfinity Series race car

NASCAR oil is also fairly unrestricted (rules can vary by race series), giving teams more leeway to look for competitive advantages, Fenske said. Teams tend to use thinner-weight oils to reduce frictional losses and maximize power. That’s not great for longevity but, remember, the engine only needs to last 1,500 miles. Road-car engines, on the other hand, are expected to last hundreds of thousands of miles, so that kind of tradeoff isn’t possible.

Racing oils and road-car oils do have some commonalities, though. They use a lot of the same additives, such as detergents, dispersants, anti-foaming agents, antioxidants, and rust inhibitors, Fenske noted.

However, the difference is in the details. Oils used for road cars are designed to meet a long list of regulations and requirements set down by individual automakers. In NASCAR where, again, rules governing oil are fairly loose, teams can optimize an oil for one specific engine design. It’s really that process that makes racing oil work, and it’s just not practical for individual road cars. Unless you have your own laboratory and a lot of patience, at least.

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Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 Ford Maverick: This Week’s Top Photos

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Tesla Model S Plaid specs

Bugatti this week launched a new variant of the Chiron packing 1,578 hp. It’s related to the recent Chiron Super Sport 300+ but features a lower top speed and tuning that prioritizes comfort.

Tesla Model S Plaid specs

If you’re looking for a car that accelerates quicker to 60 mph than the Bugatti above, look no further than the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. The electric super hatch started deliveries this week, and owners can look forward to 0-60 times in less than two seconds and a quarter-mile ET of a bit over nine.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

A new Toyota Land Cruiser was revealed this week, the iconic off-roader’s first redesign in more than a decade. It features a new platform as well as twin-turbo V-6 power, and while it won’t be sold in the United States its hardware should end up in a redesigned Lexus LX.

2022 BMW X3 M Competition

2022 BMW X3 M Competition

BMW unveiled updated versions of its X3 and X4 small crossovers. The updates extend to the high-performance M versions which also benefit from a boost in torque figures for the Competition models. A redesigned BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe also made headlines.

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick

Ford unveiled a compact pickup truck that goes by the name Maverick. It’s essentially a twin under the skin with the Bronco Sport, and it’s headed to showrooms shortly with standard hybrid power and a base price of about $20,000.

2022 Volkswagen Multivan

2022 Volkswagen Multivan

Another new vehicle in the headlines this week was Volkswagen’s T7-generation van, which debuted in passenger-oriented Multivan guise. Unlike the T6 generation, which uses a dedicated van platform, the T7 has moved to the more car-like MQB platform shared with multiple models sold by Volkswagen Group brands.

2022 Ferrari V-6 hybrid supercar spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Ferrari V-6 hybrid supercar spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And finally, Ferrari was spotted testing its upcoming V-6-powered supercar. The new model will feature a mid-engine layout and hybrid technology, making it a rival to the recently revealed McLaren Artura.

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