Pick of the Day: 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation

The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body
The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body

There’s a big difference between kit cars and continuation cars, as pointed out in a story last week on ClassicCars.com. And while there are many examples of Shelby Cobra kit cars, the one presented today is a real factory continuation car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000-series car with full documentation from Shelby Automotive, according to the Sarasota, Florida , dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Road-racing star Don Roberts and ‘The Winningest Cobra’ readied for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966
Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966 | Courtesy of Don and Sharon Roberts

A number of great Shelby Cobras will cross the block during RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, including the very first one ever built by Carroll Shelby. But only one of those cars has the right to be called “The Winningest Cobra” of all time.

That roadster is number CSX2473, a 1964 Cobra 289 that scored a record number of victories during its heyday in SCCA racing and other events from 1966 through 1973, including three years as an SCCA divisional champion. Of course, there’s also a “winningest driver” to go along with the winningest Cobra, and his story is inextricably linked with that of CSX2473. Continue reading

Carroll Shelby’s first Cobra to be offered at RM Sotheby’s auction

The original Shelby Cobra built in 1962 was owned by Carroll Shelby for his entire lifetime |   Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's photos
The original Shelby Cobra built in 1962 was owned by Carroll Shelby throughout  his  lifetime | Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby’s photos

In February 1962, road racer Carroll Shelby and famed hot rodder Dean Moon pulled an all-nighter at Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, along with Moon’s crew of expert mechanics. In the morning, they rolled out into the sunlight a sleek roadster that would have a monumental impact on the worlds of sports cars and motorsports.

Melding the graceful body and archaic chassis of a British AC Ace with the drivetrain of a Ford performance V8, the first Shelby Cobra started up and roared into history. That car, bearing chassis number CSX2000, would introduce Carroll Shelby and his remarkable Cobra concept at the New York Auto Show, serve as the original road-test car for automotive journalists (famously repainted six times so Shelby could feign having built more than one) and would remain in Shelby’s possession throughout his lifetime.

The Cobra was used for road tests by journalists
The Cobra was used for road tests by journalists

RM Sotheby’s announced Wednesday that CSX2000 will be offered for sale for the first time in its 54-year history at the company’s Monterey, California, auction held August 19-20 during Pebble Beach Concours week. Continue reading

Six prized Ford, Shelby race cars from Jim Click collection slated for RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

One of motorsport's winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby's
One of motorsport’s winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby’s photos

A spectacular group of six competition Fords and Shelbys from the famed Jim Click Ford Performance Collection has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its annual Monterey, California, auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week. Continue reading

Low-mileage 427 Cobra headlines Mecum Indy auction

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.

McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2014 Shelby Cobra

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2014 Shelby Cobra listed on ClassicCars.com

Tonight I’d like to see good old Santa Clause riding around in this beautiful 2014 Shelby Cobra, and I can’t say I’d be mad if he left it at my house. The Cobra is the perfect combination of British styling with American power making it not only our Pick of the Day, but an excellent Santa sleigh even though it doesn’t have a lot of room for gifts, or anywhere to attach his reindeer.

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Replica-car makers rejoice after U.S. relaxes regulations

A Shelby Cobra replica from Superformance, which now will be able to sell turnkey cars | Superformance
A Shelby Cobra replica from Superformance, which now will be able to sell turnkey cars | Superformance

The replica-car industry is celebrating with high-fives all around after the passage of the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015,” which loosens federal regulations on builders of vehicles based on those from the past. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Shelby Cobra

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Shelby Cobra CSX 8000 listed on ClassicCars.com

On January 22, 2011, Carroll Shelby announced the introduction of the Shelby Cobra CSX 8000, a continuation of the original Shelby Cobra. Only 50 were produced and all the cars were committed to and sold within 48 hours of the announcement. The CSX 8000 cars were produced by Shelby American to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic CSX 2000, the first Shelby Cobra ever built.

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Ultra-rare Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake heading to auction

The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra  Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos
The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos

Only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes were ever built, destined for drag strips where they showed the same winning ways in a straight line that they had already shown on twisting road courses.

Cobra number CSX2472 was one of them, originally planned as a Shelby race team car but instead built to the unique specifications of a private owner in 1965. The fire-breathing Dragonsnake is indeed a rare high-performance Cobra and it goes to auction September 5 during Worldwide Auctioneers’ eighth annual sale at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum complex in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading