At any car auction, a 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe is expected to fetch a hefty sum of money. After all, it’s not that often where one of these extremely rare cars become up for grabs.
The recent Mecum Auction in Monterey, California saw six 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes go up for auction with one of them fetching a bid of a staggering $7.25 million – the largest ever bid for a US car at any auction in history. The auction, which was held as part of the festivities of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, attracted a huge audience, some of which were serious bidders while others were only there to enjoy the occasion.
While there were a host of rare and vintage cars that also went up for auction, the clear star of the event was none other than the Cobra Coupe, specifically, the CSX2601, which is only one of just six models build by Carroll Shelby in an effort to go head-to-head with the Ferraris during the FIA World Manufacturers Championship. Now, 44 years after the car won the World Manufacturers Championship in 1965 in Reims, France, it was sold in the US for a whopping $7.25 million.
It goes without saying that the amount of money spent purchasing this one-of-a-kind car goes a long way in validating its legacy as a classic must-have among car enthusiasts, regardless of generation.