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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2002, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

The story goes that Bill Cosby, the comedian asked Shelby for a special Cobra, you know, one of a kind.

Shelby put twin supercharges on a 427 Cobra. That lethal combination put out 900 horsepower!

Cosby told about driving it on one of his early comedy albums. I found copies of this classic Bill Cosby routine on Napster.

Cosby tells in the routine that he owned a Rolls Royce that quit running on him so he decided to replace the car with a car would do over 180 mph.

One day he while driving his Ferrari, he happened to bump into Carroll Shelby. Shelby told him that he should be driving a real sports car, an American one, not some foreign car.

Cosby said American cars would only go 160 mph and he wanted one that would go at least 180 mph.

Shelby told him they would build a special Cobra for Cosby, one that would go 200 mph. Cosby told him to go for it.


He said he was like a kid waiting for Christmas to come. Shelby American delivered the Cobra to him at home. "Here are the keys to your Cobra", the man said.


It was all blue with side exhaust that wrapped clear around the car. Now imagine this, Shelby built a 900 horsepower, supercharged 427 engine for this Cobra.



They even put a special plaque on the dash for him. Cosby got into the car and started it up. It roared to life.


He turned it off faster than he had started it. He said his hair on his head went straight up. And he was just idling. He hadn't even put his "foot on the gas pedal and he was killing people." His impulse was to get out of the car, but his manhood wouldn't let him.


Besides what would he tell Shelby. He had to drive it at least once. He put his foot on the brake as far as it would go, checked everything, fastened his seatbelt, which he never wore.


He started the car again. It ROARED to life, he let the clutch out and he immediately began circling the tree in his yard. He shut it off, took the keys out, and gave the keys back to the Shelby American employee.



He told him, take this car, its already paid for and give it to George Wallace. The skit is well worth the download. I laugh at it time and time again.
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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

Hahahaha!

Good story DT!

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I remember reading somewhere that Shelby had presented the car to Cosby as a gift, the same article said that the engine was a twin supercharged 427 SOHC Cammer
I'll bet that beast is worth a fortune today! (Im talking about the car, not Bill Cosby)
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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

I remember reading somewhere that Shelby had presented the car to Cosby as a gift, the same article said that the engine was a twin supercharged 427 SOHC Cammer
I'll bet that beast is worth a fortune today! (Im talking about the car, not Bill Cosby)
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I recall reading somewhere that the car got totaled by the next owner. Figures.
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I too read that it was totaled. But by someone other than Bill. I think he sold it out of fear and the new owner died in it. Hard to believe that you would need to turbo charge that machine. It had to be incredible.
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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

There were 2 of these cars built.

One Shelby kept for himself and the other was the Cosby car.

I saw Shelbys in a Car Review a few years back.

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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

I heard that back in the day also. But I heard also he didn't stop there with the cobra. He also sent Bill a 68 shelby called the green hornet. It was suppose to be the sister car of lil red. Anyone hear of this also? lil red was the 68 GT-500 coupe with a independent rear suspension that never made it to porduction.
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Ahhhh the sixties, where you could still get a car with poor enough economy to have dinosaur teeth coming out the exhaust! I had completely forgotten about that car...




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The car (or its remainings after the crash)ended up in the UK without the engine. The quy who was restoring it sold it later on to complete another Cobra with a twin turbo 700 hp 427.
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Bill Cosbys 900 HP Twin Supercharged 427 Cobra! The story behind it!

Hi guys,

Here's a pic of what Cosby's Cobra looked like under the hood (this is the other car build like his).



The cars were equipped with automatics so shifting wasn't required. The "hicky" that Cosby talks about being on the hood was a large buldge to clear what you see above. My favorite part is when Cosby talks about the speedometer going up to 200 mph and after that were the words "Oh Wow".

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