Skip to comments.The Very First Shelby Cobra Just Sold For A Staggering Record $13.75 Million
Posted on 08/21/2016 8:37:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterdays RM Sothebys auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction.
RM Sothebys has a ton of detailed information on this legendary car, but it is notable for being the very first Shelby Cobra. It arrived in the U.S. without a motor in February 1962, and Carroll Shelby and his partner Dean Moon then threw in a 260 cubic inch V8 and a Ford four-speed gearbox.
Heres what Moon had to say at the time:
We got drunk and drove it aroundan impromptu road course we had set up between the oil derricks. When it didnt break, even after all that rough treatment, well, then we knew we had a good car.
Classic. After building the CSX 2000 on a shoestring, Shelby was able to get capital from Ford itself to build the first group of Cobras.
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I stopped bidding at 12 million.
Hmm. I would rather have my Miata.
A fool and his money.
I believe people should spend their own money any way they want to-——but this,to me,is insanity.
It’s a damned car,for God’s sake. A car.
And, it’s only money.
Does that include roadside assistance?
I had a professor who raced a Nash Healey in the early 50s.
Probably the first combination of American motor with British Sports car body. At least in a production car.
I have touched this car. Sadly they wouldn’t let me drive it.
LOL I’ll take the rest of that money and spend it on faith, family, and travel. But since I don’t have the money in the first place, it’s just a thought experiment.
Carroll Shelby’s legacy is impressive. Too bad he never won the Nobel or any award of merit.
It will lose a third of its value soon as they drive it off the lot.
I had a’68 Shelby Mustang 500 KR. I cry when I see the pictures.
The lesson to be learned here is that drunken auto engineers build the best cars.
Turn in your man card buddy
I’ll keep my Honda S2000!
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