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Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Cobra just sold for $5.9 million

The 427 Cobra that went under the hammer is the only Cobra that Shelby personally owned from the time it was built until his death in 2012.

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As all eyes were turned to the auction block in Kissimmee, Florida last week, a piece of automative history went under the hammer. Auto industry legend Carroll Shelby's personal 1965 427 Cobra (Lot F145) became the Mecum Auctions event top-seller. Its $5.94 million price made it the most valuable 427 Cobra ever sold at public auction.

By most accounts, Shelby was a character. After a childhood in Texas, Shelby enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology and enrolled in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After flying various aircraft during World War II, Shelby was discharged from the Army following V-J Day.

After the war he started a dump truck business, then became a poultry farmer, before starting a career as a professional driver at age 29. He went from drag racing near his Texas home to lapping cars at Sebring, Le Mans, and Silverstone. He set national speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats before being seriously injured. He revived his career by racing Ferraris then opened Carroll Shelby Sports Cars in Dallas.

Carroll Shelby's 1965 427 Cobra

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He continued to race, suffering additional injuries along the way as the result of various crashes, which finally caused him to retire in 1960. Within a year, the Shelby AC Cobra was born. Shelby jumped back behind the wheel, proving that the Cobra had the right stuff to win races. That attracted the attention of Ford Motor Company, who worked with Shelby to create the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 and eventually the GT500.

After Ford and Shelby parted ways, he went on to produce vehicles in partnership with Dodge and Oldsmobile. All the while, he continued to build Cobras.

The '65 Cobra that sold as part of the auction wears a charcoal gray exterior and has a black interior. It's one of only five 427 Cobras finished in the color. The car underwent a ground-up concours level restoration in 2019 by Legendary Motor Company. It still has the original body and chassis. The engine is an aluminum-head 427 side-oiler power plant that is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The just-sold 427 Cobra is the only one Shelby owned from new until his passing in 2012.

The 427 Cobra is the big brother of the CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. That model recently sold for almost $14 million.

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This 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV sold for a high sum.

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This month, two 1970s-era Lamborghinis crossed the block, each achieving a record selling price. But, not all that glitters is gold. Both models have what RM-Sotheby's terms "a troubled history".

The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV is chassis #4980. It has been certified as one of the 150 models produced. It was set apart from other Miuras by its different cam timing and altered 4x3-barrel Weber carburetors. Its 3.9-liter V-12 engine that was tuned to achieve 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. When it was new, it rode on Pirelli Cinturato tires.

The year before the Miura SV debuted, Lamborghini development driver Bob Wallace modified a Miura to comfort to FIA's Appendix J racing regulations. Among the mods was the replacement of the the steel chassis and body panels with aluminum alloy versions. It as given the name "Miura Jota". The '71 Miura up for auction was altered to mimic this model during its life, but has recently been restored it its original trim.

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

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Following its restoration the Miura SV received its certification from Lamborghini Polo Storico.

A 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 with chassis #1120262 underpinning has a similarly troubled history. It was at one time owned by Rod Stewart, but that's not the trouble. It was a victim of multiple transformations (including the roof removal), before being restored to its original specifications.

The Miura SV fetched €2.4 million, the second highest value ever for a Miura SV, second only to one sold by Gooding & Co. in London last September. The Countach LP 400 went for €775,000.

"This is a pleasing but not surprising result, since it confirms a clear trend," says Paolo Gabrielli, Head of Aftersales at Automobili Lamborghini, which oversees the Polo Storico. Historical Lamborghinis are of increasing interest to the world's leading collectors, who are looking for the utmost respect for originality in their cars. The Polo Storico restoration program, alongside supporting top independent specialists through the provision of advice, documents and original spare parts, makes it possible to obtain restorations of the highest level and quality, which are appreciated by collectors and, consequently, by the market."

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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