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The odyssey of the Shelby Cobra is by the contributions of many people, by many important cars and by more important moments. weave a rich fabric of determination and persistence in the face of resources and epic challenges.

The of CSX 2196, the “Flip-Top” Cobra 427 is a bright thread in the tapestry of history.

The Cobra’s first win came at Riverside in February in the hands of Dave MacDonald. behind him in second place pitting on the first lap and dropping to place was Ken Miles in another a very precise, experienced who had made a name for himself on the Coast. Miles soon Shelby as Competition Director, a central role in Shelby’s pace of building and racing

Miles was a Brit who spent the war tanks for the Royal Army and motorcycles when the chance, and a petrol ration, could be After the war he moved to Southern as the MG distributor’s service manager and hit the tracks, winning his first at Pebble Beach in 1953 in an MG TD.

His Miles Special dominated under-1500 cc events for years it was succeeded by the [in]famous Flying another TD-based special was even lighter and more Later, Miles drove for Johnny von Neumann but, with the cars from built a Cooper-based, Porsche-powered Special. He was so successful in it that eventually suggested to von Neumann it was bad for the marque to be beaten by a distributor’s driving a Porsche-powered home-built.

Miles also was President of the Sports Car Club which some of the most famous and road races held in America. What SCCA was of the Rockies, Cal Club was on the West It was Miles who led it to success.

At Shelby, the learned in the crucible of international at Nassau, Daytona and Sebring were translated into designs and strengthened components. The finally realized its international in the 1963 FIA season’s last the 500 km test at eastern Long Bridgehampton Road Race where Dan Gurney and Ken Miles 1-2. It was the first FIA victory for a car with an American driver.

It was the first victory for Ford in an FIA sanctioned race.

The Cobra was a hotter ride in late than it had been at the beginning of the but competition also was heating up 4- and even 4.4-litre engines for 250 GTO in the offing and GM readying the lightweight, braked Corvette Grand for 1964. There was just so that even Phil and Ken Miles could do to the AC Ace-based 289

What Shelby had undertaken in 1963 was amazing. They building 289 Cobras. They supporting SCCA and USRRC throughout North America.

had a separate FIA Cobra for international There was a drag racing To compete on the major high circuits, the Daytona Coupes being built, a complete of the Cobra’s design accomplished in an unbelievable three months.

At the same time, mid-late Shelby took on the task of the Sunbeam Tiger prototypes, the car built in Shelby’s shop in his own separate shop Ken Miles the street prototype.

It was a breathtaking of projects, but with one serious problem: the 289 Cobra was nearing the end of its cycle. Competition – from Porsche, Aston Martin and Chevrolet and Jaguar – was fierce. Ken involved in all aspects of Shelby’s production, development and racing was uniquely placed to see the future and the project on himself.

Miles’ to the 289 Cobra’s situation? Fit an even engine in the existing Cobra to see how the performance characteristics would to the chassis, then design, and develop chassis, suspension and in response to the new performance envelope.

It with CSX 2196, the unique offered here. Ted Sutton a 427 big block into it, and the boss, Shelby, took it for a test (which must have something to see). He came with the concise instruction, it a race car.” Nearly component in the car had to be strengthened to withstand the and torque of the four-barrel NASCAR

After testing in early at Riverside with the Daytona CSX 2196’s first public was at Florida’s rough Sebring circuit. During practice, it got from Miles and smashed a tree, an obstacle so rare at that the team modified his “Teddy Teabagger” – based on his for his afternoon “cuppa” – to “Teddy Miles worked through the to repair the damage done he was at the wheel.

The 427 prototype took the green and Miles, who had hidden the fact he had ribs from the crash, the first two hours fighting problems and others arising its hasty repairs. He was relieved by Morton, who soldiered on through a of stops to deal with fuel and brake problems a blown engine eventually the 427 prototype, but not before it had shown its

Upon its return to Venice, a rebuild of CSX 2196 was undertaken to with its shortcomings. In addition to everything (again), the body was by an imaginative aluminum structure in pieces. The nose and tail hinged at their extremities, up and away from the center compartment for instant access to engine, driveline and brakes. were simple panels at the bottom to swing out and down.

The and tail were lowered as as possible to ease air penetration. It looked like a Cobra, but one as in the SAAC Registry “that had lowered and slightly heated in the

Its body made it ideal for its job at Shelby, testing the new Ford for the next generation Cobra, at that time the Cobra II. As in a Ford memo from Ray Ford’s liaison with in August 1964 the first was to be an experimental four-barrel aluminum 390. After development and it was to be replaced with an iron four-barrel 427, then against 289 and 325 cubic inch The unusual body configuration it the nickname “Flip-Top.”

Sources dispute the origin of CSX other nickname. Some, including John Morton who the original configuration’s handling at to a ’49 Buick, link it to the inevitable associated with burdening a chassis with a much and more powerful engine. appreciated the potential of the power and from 138 more cubic operating at less critical rpm and it was because it would “get up and on the competition” or similar colorful In any event, it was quietly – mostly the team mechanics – known as Turd.”

First tests of the 390 were conducted at Shelby’s Riverside Raceway site. testing and development is unclear. At the first public appearance at the Road Races in November and 1964, some sources the SAAC Registry) describe it as 390-powered.

Others give it 37 cubic inches of cast Ford.

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Miles and the Flip-Top accepted into the GT class with the Corvette Grand (GT Prototype) and Ferrari 250LMs. In the preliminary race on November 29, finished ahead of all the Ferrari LMs and to Roger Penske in one of the Grand Later in the day in the feature GT contest, the Tourist Trophy, the Flip-Top sat on the row alongside Grand Sports by Roger Penske and Jack

Ken Miles must have sandbagging earlier, because on the lap of the TT, he smoked the Grand Sports, up a massive eight-second lead – to leave the Grand Sports a straightaway behind.

Eventually differential problems the Flip-Top, allowing Penske to up and enliven the race with a of lead exchanges until the engine expired.

Back in Los attention turned to devising the 427 Cobra. The Flip-Top, eligible for modified classes in competition mid-engined sports racers, and was eventually offered for sale in 1965.

Eventually acquired by Al of SC Motors in San Francisco, it was driven by Ridenour in C/Modified races. it was sold to Mark King, Dick Workman who installed a 302 and later to Royal Krieger. owners included Chris who brought it back to original with 427 Side Oiler and began to vintage race it in

After a period in the famed of Bob Lee, it was acquired by its present in 1999 and since then has regularly seen in West vintage race events. In the Flip-Top Cobra 427 participated in the Festival of Speed, its first appearance since Nassau in

Powered by a Rex Hutchison alloy 427 dynoed at 623 brake horsepower at rpm and 611 lb-ft torque at 4,200 the Flip-Top 427 Cobra features in all the definitive histories of Shelby and the Cobra. It is the only prototype of the 427 and arguably the only “Cobra II” that designation was not used for the coil spring 427 Cobras.

of the production coil spring 427 was done by Ford engineers, CSX 2196 effectively the only 427 designed and built by Shelby. It is the that blew off the Grand at Nassau and the Cobra conceived, developed and raced by Ken Miles, one of the of American road racing.

Available now for the first time in a decade, CSX 2196 is one of the legends of and Cobra history. Fully absolutely unique and blindingly it is a milestone in the legendary history of the Cobra and the Ford Motor “Total Performance.” No tapestry of Cobra or Ford racing is complete without the thread of CSX the prototype 427 Cobra.

This car was off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Biltmore Resort Spa, Arizona.

623 hp, 427 cu. in. aluminum block overhead valve V8 engine, manual transmission, four-wheel suspension with transverse springs, telescopic shocks and bars, four-wheel disc Wheelbase 90

Source: RM Auctions

Credit: Copyright Donald

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