Hailing all the way from Oklahoma, Bill Goldberg is a professional wrestler, actor, football player, and mixed martial artist color commentator who launched his professional career in the ring in the late 1990s. He rose to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s with World Championship Wrestling. Undefeated from 1997 to 1998, Goldberg became a WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, and a WCW World Tag Team Champion alongside Bret Hart. Although WCW closed in 2001, Goldberg’s success continued as he wrestled with All Japan Pro Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment until 2004. He took a 12-year hiatus from the ring and made an impressive return in 2016 to win the WWE Universal Championship. He surprised fans with a second win in February 2020 and continues to wrestle today.
Prior to his career as a wrestler, Goldberg played professional football after earning a scholarship to the University of Georgia. He was drafted in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and spent the next five years playing with the Sacramento Surge, the Sacramento Gold Miners, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Carolina Panthers before venturing into professional wrestling. He also dabbled in acting and served as a mixed martial arts commentator and television personality. He hosted Garage Mahal on the DIY Network from 2009 to 2011 and appeared in Universal Soldier: The Return, The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler, Half Past Dead 2, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Goldbergs, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
With his career as a wrestler and actor still flourishing today, the 53-year-old Goldberg has amassed an impressive net worth of $14 million. His fortune provides for his life at home in Bonsall, California with his wife, Wanda Ferraton, a stunt double he met on the set of Santa’s Slay, and their son, Gage. It also allows him to pursue his interests in philanthropy as an advocate for animal welfare. Of course, he also uses some of his fortune to splurge on his favorite hobby—cars. That’s why he didn’t think twice about spending over $1.6 million on his prized 1965 Shelby Cobra replica!
1965 Shelby Cobra Specs
Goldberg is known for his impressive car collection, including the 1965 Shelby Cobra replica he purchased for $1.6 million. The replica was built by Birdie Elliott and features a black exterior and interior with a leather steering wheel. The replica is one of Goldberg’s favorites as he boasts, “Let’s just say the car can get the front end off the ground going 90 mph.” That power comes from several upgrades Goldberg made to include adding an Elliott NASCAR engine with a Centerforce Dyad DS dual-disc system.
Long before Goldberg purchased his replica, the 1965 Shelby Cobra rose to fame as a legend in the automotive industry thanks to Carroll Shelby and his dream of building the greatest American sports car ever made. Shelby did exactly that when he introduced the Shelby Cobra 427. The Cobra featured extreme power with a 7-liter V8 engine with a four-speed Borg-Warner Manual Transmission capable of pushing the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. Shelby didn’t stop there and created a competition version of the Cobra that pushed its top speed from 164 miles per hour to 185 miles per hour.
Shelby introduced several variants of the Cobra including the AC 289 Sports, which was a hybrid of the British chassis and the American muscle car. The Dragon Snake was another variant and became the rarest in existence with only eight built. Add in the fact that the Dragon Snake won several NHRA National events and it’s no surprise why the Snake was one of the most elite racecars on the market. The Slalom Snake was also impressive and rare with only two examples produced, both featuring white exterior paint and red racing stripes. The Super Snake variant embodied Shelby’s dream to create a “Cobra to end all Cobras” and featured twin Paxton Superchargers making it the fastest and most brutal of all Cobras. Only two models were produced, both of which Shelby drove.
In the late 1960s, the Shelby Cobra 427 was priced around $7,500 but the success of Shelby’s racing career and the sheer power behind the wheel added value to the Cobra name. Today, Cobras are one of the most collectible cars on the market and are priced anywhere from $800,000 and up. The Super Snake sold in 2007 for $5.3 million and the first Shelby Cobra ever made sold for a record-setting $13.75 million in 2016. That makes Goldberg’s $1.6 million replica seem like pocket change!