The Shelby Cobra is the result of the engineering genius of the legendary Caroll Shelby. A car which, despite being over 50 years old, still makes people's knees weak. It is the true American Sports Car.

This particular 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, however, has a pretty special story, are seeing in the picture above is very special as the keys of this car were handed over to the owner by, ahem... Carol Shelby himself.

This Cobra was delivered to a dealership in the spring of 1966 by Shelby's "Cobra Caravan," which was a twelve city tour that honoured Ford's GT World Manufacturer's Championship title in 1965. Edward Karedes, the owner of this Cobra claims that he was handed over the keys of this car by Caroll Shelby.

Just look at that beautiful interior

Just look at that beautiful interior

Edward sold the car on in 1987, some 21 years later, and the car has formed a central part of many interesting car collections. Now, nearly 54 years after Shelby himself handed over the keys, this Cobra finds itself in a private collection.

A typical 'four-on-the-floor' gearbox connects driver to that iconic 427 cubic-inch big-block V8, feeding power in the only way a true sportscar knows how, to the rear wheels.

Now the Cobra, sold through Ford's famous Tasca Ford dealership in Rhode Island, is going to be auctioned at Mecum Auctions. According to Mecum, this Cobra is expected to sell for an eye-watering, but totally justified, price of nearly $2,000,000. If you want to place a bid, head over to Mecum Auctions to try your luck.

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