Vehicle Description

We have been the capable, enthusiast caretakers of this original 1964 AC Shelby 289 Cobra USRRC  FIA competition roadster version, chassis no. CSX 2534  with 427 aluminum body cutback doors, for nearly 40 years. It has never been offered for sale during those 40 years.  Now available for sale to a qualified driver enthusiast for street and track. California street licensed. 

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Summary description:

  • Same owner for the last 38 + years
  • History is documented in the SAAC World Registry
  • Wilton wool carpet
  • Connally leather
  • Acrylic lacquer paint
  • Originally wire wheel, Princess Blue / black interior
  • Billed to Shelby American 8/04/64
  • Shipped to LA aboard SS Garth Lock
  • Originally invoiced to Archway Motors 11/16/64 Baltimore, MD
  • Delivered to Marina del Rey via Shelby truck
  • 1st purchased by James M. Maginnis date not known precisely
  • 2nd purchaser Jay Anderson, Washington D.C
  • 2nd purchaser advertised it for sale circa 1968 description as having been dissembled due to front end collision and need of restoration 
  • Purchased by Charles R. Rayburn, Mahomet, Il Not clear what work was done.
  • Purchased by Sam Rarace circa 1974
  • Offered for sale 04/75 with “new parts included”
  • Purchased by Dick Roush, Puyallup, WA  05/75 with the intention of restoration to cut back door configuration. Mr. Roush subsequently found another 289 Cobra and advertised this car for sale Spring 1980
  • May 1980 purchased by current owner intending to convert to cut back doors race version. Beginning of 4 year restoration. 
  • Restoration: . complete “skin off”  using original AC 427 style rear flare panels, scaled down 427 style side exhaust, aluminum skinned foot boxes, and re-wiring to clean up the fire wall. Installed 289 style roll bar, FIA hood & oil cooler scoops fabricated
  • A few years later mild rear end fender bender in LA traffic leading to an even more comprehensive restoration and revision.
  • 2nd restoration: located original “cut back doors” aluminum rear clip from east coast, w/ body off the chassis frame was inner sleeved for strength and rigidity, rear inner panels moved in board about 2” each for wider wheel clearance both operation seldom done as they are labor intensive by craftsmen. Further restoration: new fuel cell w/ Le Mans filler cap at proper USRRC/FIA body location, doors re-skinned, A.C. (Auto Carrier) Vintage racing front suspension modifications i.e. re-forging the transverse leaf spring assembly to 3° negative camber, larger sway bar, modifying the steering arms to work better and clear wider alloy wheels
  • currently installed is a “fun run” 440 hp  engine in front of close ratio top loader gearbox 
  • Some vintage racing over the years of ownership Including L.A. downtown street race, 2012, the 50th Shelby anniversary Laguna Seca event 


  • Original 5 bolt hi po 289 engine with close ratio side loader transmission and, very rare original COBRA scatter shield
  • 1 ½ sets original 6 ½  - 8 ½ Halibrand magnesium FIA wheels
  • 1 set 7 ½  & 9 ½ alloy S/C wheels
  • 1 set PS engineering 8” and 10” FIA Kidney Bean wheels (the only set PS Engineering made)

Comparable Cobra:

  • Bonhams Goodwood Revival September 2018 Lot 223 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 c.i. competition roadster chassis no. CSX 2430


Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1094070
  • Price:Contact Seller
  • Location:Zamperini Field, California
  • Year:1964
  • Make:Shelby
  • Model:Cobra
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:5293
  • VIN:CSX 2534
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Stroked:Yes
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive