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  • RefCode: TA1143351
  • Make: SHELBY
  • Model: COBRA
  • Derivative: 289
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,963
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 17th/18th Jan 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Arizona Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$725,000 - $900,000 Special ordered by Ford for promotional eventsRaced extensively and successfully in periodDocumented restorationPresented in nearfactory-original specification Carroll Shelby established his reputation as a racing driver by 1961 and was ready to kick it up a notch and build his own race car. Impressed by the combined agility and power of borrowed Cad-Allards, he set out to create the ultimate Anglo-American hybrid. AC Cars of Thames Ditton, England, provided the nimble tubular frame with aluminum body of their Ace, highly reputed for its dexterity on the European circuit. Desirous of the visceral power of the Dearborn, Michigan, manufactured V-8, Shelby persuaded Ford to furnish their short stroke 260-cu. in. engine to complete the perfect union. The lightweight Ace frame had to be modified to accept the muscular V-8 engine, but such was Shelbys power of persuasion, both entities agreed toallow the new prototype to be named after the race driver. In 1962, a brilliant yellow Shelby Cobra was unveiled at the New York Motor Show.Sporting a four-speed manual gearbox, the prototype chassis CSX 2000 weighed in at just 2,100 lbs. and was campaigned around the U.S. Shelby American Inc. could barely meet demand for the brawny little race car and by 1963 it upped the ante switching to a rack-and-pinion steering system, but most notably it adopted the 289-cu. in. Ford motor with 271 hp and a top speed of 130 mph. The Shelby 289 Cobra was able to accelerate from 060 mph in just 5.8 seconds. The superb power-to-weight ratio enabled the newcomer to take 7th place in the 1963 Le Mans, and Dan Gurney went on to be the first U.S. driver to win an FIA race in an American car at the Bridgehampton 500 KM in September of the same year. The following year at Le Mans, the Shelby Cobra won 4th place overall and 1st in the GT class.Chassis CSX 2195 is unique as it was one of very few Shelby Cobrasespecially ordered by Ford for exhibition and demonstration purposes. It was shipped to Los Angles on 1 October 1963. The Bright Blue Shelby body fitted with the 289 Ford powerplant was transported to S.P. Spaulding Ford in Richmond, Virginia. This example was special-ordered by Ford with extruded rear wings to accept wider tires and a factory rollbar. It came with a black interior and Class 1 accessories package, which included chrome rocker covers, WSW tires, and a luggage rack. After exhibition at several promotional events, this Shelby Cobra was retired by Ford and sold to Tony Fisher of North Carolina who repainted it gold and drag raced it for two seasons. Fisher ran the Cobra extensively in 1964 with his all-female pit crew. According to correspondence included with the car, he was undefeated and won over $18,000 in prize money and side bets. In 1967, the Cobra was purchased by Jim Walker of Canada and raced under the pseudonym Jay Walker in the U.S., where it is believed to have won variousevents, including the NASCAR Gold Cup Championship. The car was eventually acquired by Larry Epworth, also of Canada, where it remained until 1985 when chassis CSX 2195 was purchased by a collector and race enthusiast in Clackamas, Oregon. The car was never raced again and has remained within his family until today. Extensive documentation, detailing thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of labor, show that this amazing Shelby Cobra was restored incrementally between 2006 and 2018, as every component and element has been replaced, renewed, rebuilt, or upgraded. The car was repainted the original Bright Blue and the interior and exhaust were returned to factory-correct specification. Accompanying this Shelby Cobra is a portfolio of documentation, including an event program on which the late great Carroll Shelby himself penned Chassis CSX 2195 and his own signature. This Shelby Cobra 289 is one of only 580 built between 1963 and 1965, but unlike many of its siblings, this car has truly lived thelife it was built for. It is the apogee of the bare-bones sports racer and with its unique history and racing pedigree, this Shelby Cobra is by anyones standard an excellent example for continued spirited driving.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.

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  • RefCode: TA1143947
  • Make: SHELBY
  • Model: COBRA
  • Derivative: 427
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,966
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 9th Mar 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 9 March 2019. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.

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  • RefCode: TA1143422
  • Make: SHELBY
  • Model: COBRA
  • Derivative: 427
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,967
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 17th/18th Jan 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Arizona Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$1,350,000 - $1,450,000 Formerly of the Otis Chandler CollectionFresh, fully documented concours-quality restoration Widely recognized as one the most significant performance cars ever produced, the muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of enthusiasts like few of its contemporaries. Texan Carroll Shelby had gone racing in Europe in the late 1950s and realized that a combination of a lightweight American V-8 engine and a proven European chassis was a winning combination. He had a Ford V-8 installed in the chassis of an AC Ace, named it the Cobra, and proved his point.Shelby contracted with AC Cars to ship Cobras (with empty engine bays) from England to be completed at his shop in California. The 260-cu. in. prototype first ran in January 1962, with production commencing later that year. In 1963 the more powerful 289-cu. in. Ford engine was standardized. Rack-and-pinion steering was themajor Mk II update; then in 1965 a new, stronger, coil-suspended Mk III chassis was introduced to accommodate Fords 427 and later 428-cu. in. V-8s, which in race trim could produce well in excess of 400 bhp. Wider bodywork, extended wheel-arch flares, and a bigger radiator intake combined to create the legendarily aggressive and often mimicked Cobra Mk III persona. The Cobra raised the bar of performance for road cars and was highly effective in competition. Approximately 1,000 Cobras of all types were built between 1962 and 1967. As with all his cars, Shelby intended to see that they were winners on the track. In order to qualify as a production car under FIA rules for the GT class, manufacturers were required to produce a minimum of 100 cars. With Shelbys strong relationship with privateer racers, he was confident he could sell that many, and as a result, a competition-spec version of the new 427 was developed. Competition features included a wider body to accommodate wider wheels and tires, anoil cooler, side exhaust, external fuel filler, front jacking points, roll bar, and a special 42-gallon fuel tank.Regardless of the model full competition, S/C semi-competition, or regular street specification Shelbys big block Cobra was a sports car unlike any that preceded it. Performance was mind-blowing, with the extraordinary power-to-weight ratio allowing for tire-shredding sprints to 60 mph in about four seconds.The Cobra offered here, CSX 3281, is fully documented in the Shelby American Registry. It left Shelby American painted green with a black interior, powered by a 428-cu. in. V-8. The car was billed to Don Seelye Ford of Kalamazoo, Michigan, in September 1966, with the only added option being a radio. Records show Seelye Ford received a freight credit, and because of this the car was most likely trucked out to the dealership in Michigan. Its first known owner was Timothy H. Parker of Houston, Texas, from whom it was purchased in the early 1970s by Donald Mansker, also of Houston.Thereafter, the car went to Sacramento in 1976, as it was acquired by Rick Reese. Reese, who worked at Cobra Performance in Sacramento, replaced the cars original 428 engine with a 427-cu. in. big block and modified the car with a full roll cage, rectangular taillights (instead of the original twin round ones), and enlarged rear flares to fit wide Jongbloed wheels. Finished in red, the car also received a hood scoop, S/C dash layout, and side pipes. It was offered for sale in 1977 after an eight-month restoration. It went unsold, however, and was traded back to Mansker in exchange for a 289 Cobra the same car Reese traded CSX 3281 for in the first place.In 1979 CSX 3281 was acquired by Don Blenderman and Larry Wheeler of Oklahoma before being advertised for sale with the same S/C upgrades and a 42-gallon fuel tank. Its next owner was another Texan, Sloan Kritser, who sent the car to Bill Murray in Colorado for a full restoration, where the roll cage was removed and replaced with the correct S/Croll bar. Refinished in black, it was fitted with chrome side pipes and quick jacks as well as 7.5/9.5 Halibrands and a competition gas cap. The enlarged rear flares remained in place. Mr. Murray is widely recognized as one of the foremost Cobra experts and restorers in the country. He also has significant racing experience, having driven Cobras, GT40s, and a Cobra Daytona Coupe in historic racing competition.With the restoration completed in 1984, Kritser never returned to pick up the car, and it was sold to Courtney J. Catron Jr. of Colorado before it was acquired in the fall of 1987 by renowned collector Otis Chandler of Oxnard, California, for his Vintage Museum of Transportation. CSX 3281 was photographed for the cover of the 1990 fall/winter Classic Motorbooks catalogue and was also photographed with Chandlers other cars in Randy Leffingwells American Muscle as well as the Cars & Parts 93 Collector Car Annual.After nearly 20 years in Mr. Chandlers respected collection, it changed handsseveral times before being purchased by Motorcars International in Illinois who conducted a comprehensive restoration back to its original green and black livery before being acquired by its current owner. Every effort was made to correctly restore CSX 3281 to how it looked when it was delivered new in 1967. The entire restoration was carefully documented with photos and receipts detailing every aspect of this beautiful Cobras return to its original glory.Restored authentically to concours quality, it has been driven only test miles since restoration and has yet to be exhibited, presenting an exciting opportunity for its next owner to display and enjoy this crisp, like-new iconic Shelby Cobra. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.

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  • RefCode: TA1143454
  • Make: SHELBY
  • Model: COBRA
  • Derivative: 427
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,966
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: EUR
  • Auction: 6th Feb 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Paris Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 6 February 2019. Delivered new to California; UK registered since 1973On display in the Midland Motor Museum for nearly 20 yearsRetains virtually all of its original features; a truly splendid 427 Cobra A performance car icon, the world had never seen anything like Carroll Shelbys Cobra when it first arrived on the scene in 1962. When the 427 Cobra first became available, adding even more power, it certainly kept the Shelby craze going. While the CSX 3000-numbered cars are widely known for their thunderous 427-cu. in. V-8 engines, it is a little-known fact that Cobras also sported 428-cu. in. V-8s as well.When Shelby found that he was losing money on every Cobra delivered with the racing-derived 427 side-oiler V-8, a decision was made to substitute a less-expensive 428-cu. in. Ford V-8, and that motor was used for all 3200-series cars. Performance, insisted Shelby, was virtually the same for both powerplants, at least for cars that would belimited to street use.Chassis no. CSX 3284 was delivered new to Hayward Motors in Hayward, California, in October of 1966. Finished Rangoon Red with black upholstery, it was delivered there alongside CSX 3271. It passed to Eagal Ford Sales in Stockton and remained there unsold at least through July of 1967, according to the SAACs World Registry of Cobras and GT40s. While its early owners are unknown, the car was exported to the UK by John Harper who in turn sold the car to John Broad. The earliest MoT certificate in the accompanying history file dated 2 August 1973 shows 20,815 miles recorded. The cars next owner would be Michael J Stephens, who purchased the car in November of 1974.. Broad reportedly sold it to free up some cash in order to bid on a rare set of porcelain which was coming up at auction and was lucky enough to have two 427 Cobras in the garage. Following several years of very limited road use in the UK, Stephens decided to place CSX 3284 on display at the Midland Motor Museum inBridgenorth, and it remained there on display from 1980 to 1999 until the museum closed in June of 2000. Stephens sold CSX 3284 the following year with a warranted mileage of 21,987.Joe Eagle of Sussex would become the next owner and commissioned a sympathetic restoration in 20022003, retaining the cars red livery and replacing its side pipes with a rear-exit exhaust. CSX 3284 appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2003 as part of the Rosemount Performance Car display. Later that year, the car was also featured in a road test in Octane magazine for their December 2003 issue. In 2005, the original 428-cu. in. V-8 was replaced with a side-oiler 427-cu. in. V-8, and the original still accompanies the car today. The car was purchased by its current owner in 2006. Importantly, the original 428-cu. in. V-8 is included in the sale.Refinished in dark green, upon close inspection the car retains virtually all of its original features, including a correct drivers-side seatbelt dated 1966 andcorresponding body numbers that can be found on the original hood locks, door and boot hinges and the odometer shows 27,252 miles at the time of cataloguing. The current owner and his wife both describe the car as easy to drive and enormous fun. This Cobra is accompanied by an unusually complete history file which includes, amongst many other things, detailed records substantiating its mileage since 1973 together with an original 427 Cobra owners manual, making for a highly original and low-mileage Cobra.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.

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