To Be OFFERED AT AUCTIONEstimate:
$220,000 - $250,000
- One of approximately 50 produced to honor the 40th anniversary
of the iconic CSX 2000
- Presents as-new; sparingly driven
- 450 hp, 331 cu. in. aluminum 289 V-8 engine
- Five-speed manual transmission
- High quality, authentic Shelby Cobra with aluminum body
The simple idea of squeezing a potent, Ford V-8 engine into a
compact lightweight AC chassis, made Carroll Shelby one of the
biggest names motorsport. Not only did the 289 Cobra prove to be an
incredible car to drive and enjoy on the street, it also proved to
be highly competitive on the track, where it could easily hold its
own against competitors in both Europe and North America.
The earliest Cobras were powered by a 260-cubic inch Ford V-8,
quickly transitioning to Ford's iconic 289-cubic inch V-8 upon its
release. With a total output of 306 bhp, Shelby's 289 Cobra tipped
the scales at only 2,000 pounds, a monumental 500-some pounds
lighter than the Corvette, a figure that paid massive dividends in
terms of performance.
It can be argued that no one can build a better car than Shelby
American. The Continuation series of cars are among the best Shelby
Cobras built, offering genuine well-built cars from original
blueprints, enhanced in every way without sacrificing a single
original element in its final presentation.
This stunning Shelby Cobra is one of approximately 50 cars produced
by Shelby American to honor the 40th anniversary of the iconic CSX
2000, the first Shelby Cobra ever built and one of the most
valuable sports car in the world today. Carroll Shelby announced
the introduction of the '8000 Series' cars on January 22, 2011 and
all cars were committed to and sold within 48 hours.
This Shelby Cobra is a genuine, registered Shelby American Inc.
Cobra with the proper CSX numbers and a statement of manufacturer's
origin signed by Carroll Shelby himself. The design is derived from
the original 1962 styling, with only a few factory options and
improvements over and above the original product. Among the
improvements are a stronger steel tube frame, light-weight aluminum
body, better alloys for the components, improved cooling,
additional heatshield, superior brakes, plus rack-and-pinion
The Cobra's tubular frame supports robust mechanical components,
the most impressive of which is a balanced and blueprinted 331 cu.
in. aluminum 289 V-8 engine built to exact standards by the Shelby
Engine Company, dyno-tested at 450 hp with 415 ft. lbs. of torque.
A five-speed manual transmission, Shelby aluminum housing
differential, dual piston four-wheel disc brakes and Spicer
split-spline half-shafts are also included. The cockpit features
tinted windscreen visors, leather-covered dash and map pockets. The
front grille is instantly recognizable, and the car looks ready for
action with front and rear bumpers, wind-wings and chrome 15-inch
wire wheels. Finished strikingly in Guardsman Blue with black
leather seats, this iconic and authentic Cobra is spectacular in
every way. With only test-miles on the odometer, this spectacular
Cobra is virtually a new car, presenting a rare opportunity to
acquire one of the best of the best '8000 Series' Cobras there is.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction,
please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0520