This car has been owned by Steve Pagano since 1986, been on the cover of Auto Week, and has won many awards. It’s all original except one repaint 44 years ago.
CSX3354 is a MkIII Cobra, built on an all-new chassis built using 4in main chassis tubes, up from 3in, and coil spring suspension all around, rather than the previously-used transverse leaf springs, which at the front also serve as the top link.
The MkII also had wider, more bulbous fenders and a larger radiator opening. They were powered by the “side oiler” Ford 427 cu in (7.0-litre) FE engine equipped with a single four-barrel 780 CFM Holley carburettor rated at 425bhp, for a top speed of 164mph in the standard model. The more powerful tune of 485bhp with a top speed of 185mph in the (S/C) competition model.
Some Cobra 427s were actually fitted with Ford’s 428-cubic-inch engine, a long stroke, smaller bore, lower cost engine, intended for road use rather than racing.