Prime Cuts: A legendary open top – the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

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As Britain experiences a minor heatwave this week, the country that buys more convertible cars per person than any other will be dreaming of taking to the open road with the hood down.

Sadly, Carroll Shelby, the designer of one of the most brilliant topless beauties passed away this month, so we’d like to remember his contribution to automotive legend by posting this as our Prime Cuts choice – the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake.

One of only two built (the other was driven off a cliff), the former ride of Bill Cosby sold for $5.5 million in 2007. Using lightweight British AC Ace bodies, he strapped two superchargers to a Ford V-8 engine to develop an 800hp sledgehammer that looked and sounded amazing – not a bad legacy to leave behind.

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