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Rare Shelby Cobra Demo Car Going Under the Hammer

Genuine Shelby Cobras are hard to find nowadays, but if you’re looking to get yourself one as an early Christmas gift then you have two shots over the next couple of months.
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As we’ve reported about two weeks ago, a 1963 Cobra Dragonsnake will cross the block on April 10 in Houston. We’re talking about a drag strip-prepped Cobra that won numerous event and set several NHRA records. In fact, it’s the winningest competition Cobra in history.

Too extreme for you? Not to worry, a street-spec 289 Cobra is to be auctioned on May 17 at the Dana Mecum’s 27th Original Spring Classic. Although it’s much friendlier, this Cobra ain’t a regular roadster.

It was one of the first Cobras to receive a rack and pinion setup and was used as a demonstrator car before being handed over to its first owner. Recondition by Shelby in 1965, it received new wire wheels, carpet, a soft top, side curtains, seat belts and mufflers.

More recently - in 2006 to be precise - the 289 engine was replaced with a 347 cubic inch unit, but the former will be offered with the car, together with an additional set of Shelby knock-off wheels.

Mecum says CSX2135 is in pristine condition. All it needs is a new home and an anxious owner to take it to the streets.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster highlights:
  • CSX2135
  • Early rack and pinion Cobra Demonstrator
  • Consigned in August 1963 to W.J. Janner, FoMoCo Car Sales Promotion
  • Shipped via Shelby American transporter with four other Cobras to the FoMoCo district office in Kansas City
  • Invoiced in September 1963 to Jaques Passino, FoMoCo in Detroit
  • After company use in the Kansas City area, the car was returned to Shelby in the summer of 1964 with 5,300 miles
  • Ford authorized Shelby to recondition the car with new painted wire wheels, carpet, soft top, side curtains, windshield, rear bumper over riders, seat belts, mufflers and a repaint in Lucite
  • Sold to Beverly Hills Sports Cars in 1965
  • California car until 1999
  • In 2006 a 347 CI engine was installed
  • The original HiPo 289 V8 is included


 
 
 
 
 

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