COB6127 Vehicle Information and History:
- COB6127: A unique Shelby Cobra with a captivating history
- Originally intended as a gift for AC Chairman William Hurlock
- The last Cobra roadster to leave the Thames Ditton workshop
- Equipped with a 289 Ford engine, later upgraded to a stroked 327 CID for increased power
- Racing success, including victories at the Silverstone Sprint Championship
- Comprehensive bare metal restoration in 1987, featuring a striking dark blue repaint
- Fitted with a Holman and Moody 427 cu in engine from the GT40 program
- Notable ownership changes, including George Morton and Maurice Saatchi
- Sold at RM Sotheby‘s in 1990 and converted to left-hand drive
- Currently held by John Scotti Classic, adding to its remarkable provenance
Discover the captivating story of COB6127, a unique Shelby Cobra with a fascinating history. Initially intended as a gift for AC Chairman William Hurlock, it became the final Cobra roadster to leave the Thames Ditton workshop.
Instead, it was delivered as an unfinished rolling chassis to Ian Richardson of Hills Garage, serving as a right-hand drive vehicle (Delivery Date: 7/15/68). The skilled craftsmen from the retired AC workshop completed the interior details, including carpeting, dashboard, heater, and motor, at Richardson’s garage. Equipped with a 289 Ford engine initially, it was later stroked to 327 CID for increased power, featuring modifications such as a hood scoop, rollbar, and widened flares.
During a successful two-year racing period, Mr. Richardson achieved notable victories, including the Silverstone Sprint Championship and a Challenge Trophy. Subsequently, the vehicle underwent a conversion for street use, with the removal of the race engine and external fittings to make it more suitable for everyday driving.
COB6127 changed hands twice in the early 1970s. George Morton, the second owner, purchased the Cobra, with only 1,800 miles on the odometer, from Richardson and had it registered as TMY 53M. In 1973, Maurice Saatchi became the owner, enjoying private use of the vehicle for an impressive 17 years. A significant bare metal restoration took place in 1987, resulting in the Cobra being repainted in a striking dark blue hue and fitted with a Holman and Moody 427 cu in engine from the GT40 program.
In 1990, COB6127 was presented and sold at RM Sotheby’s in Monte Carlo to Ed Hubbard, who later converted the vehicle to left-hand drive upon shipping it to the United States. Hubbard subsequently sold it to Michale Douglas in 1993, who listed it for sale at the SAAC18 convention that same year, featuring unique features such as white side pipes, webbers, a competition fuel cap, and a black leather steering wheel.
Just a year later, COB6127 resurfaced in the market through Peter Klutte from Legendary Motorcar Company. It changed hands again, this time being sold to John Scotti Classic, who then sold it to a Canadian private collector. The collection eventually disbanded, leading John Scotti to repurchase COB6127, bringing it back into its care.
Listed Price: $ 1,299,999 USD
For more information please contact John Scotti directly at John Scotti Automotive
All images courtesy of John Scotti Automotive.
Cars for Britain carried a COB number and were originally right hand drive
Cars for Europe carried a COX number and were originally left hand drive
Cars for the USA carried a CSX number and were originally left hand drive