How much would you pay for an original 1963 Shelby Cobra – chassis number CSX 2080 – that hasn’t been used, let alone touched, since 1981? If you’re having trouble gauging its value, Auctions America by RM has an estimate that could make you double over in disbelief.
It’s estimated to fetch a price tag of a little less than half-a-million dollars. Unbelievable.
This particular Shelby Cobra is widely considered as “one of the most original Cobras in existence”, and if you take Donnie Gould, the president of Auctions America by RM, and his word, then you better believe that this particular model is the perfect centerpiece for any collector of classic vehicles. "The discovery of CSX 2080 represents an important collecting opportunity for automotive enthusiasts," he said.
The event is going to be held on March 3rd to 5th at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Comparing a Shelby Cobra to snow may be the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard, but hear us out first. For all the giddiness we feel when we first see snowflakes falling on the ground, it’s pretty much the same feeling we have when we see a Shelby Cobra. However, as time passes on, the effect of snow becomes less of a novelty and more of a hassle. Snow angels are replaced with the chore of having to shovel snow on the streets, making it a tedious and tiring experience.
To some extent, that’s exactly what we feel with the Cobra. The first few times are awesome, blasting in and around streets at breakneck speeds with not a care in the world. That is until we realize the fact that this car comes with a 7.0-liter V8 engine. Yeah, it’s a gas-guzzling serpent and not exactly a healthy option for our wallets.
But what if we told you that you could have your cake and eat it too? No, we are not talking about the girls in the picture, but of an actual Cobra. Would you listen?
Imagine yourself waking up one day, going to work in a towing company, and find yourself driving off with an authentic Shelby Cobra body, and you even get paid to do it, then consider yourself very lucky.
While replica Shelby Cobras are made by over 100 shops in the US alone, the chances of actually finding a legitimate chassis and body of one of the most revered muscle cars in history is pretty remote. But the owner of the tow company – his name’s Shawn, by the way - that moved the body of this Shelby Cobra found himself sitting on a proverbial goldmine after he was paid to remove it from a storage facility when the owner failed to pay the rent and ended up forfeiting the entire unit. Nevada laws stipulate that when a tow company contacts the registered owners of the car and goes 90 days without a response, the tow company automatically takes legal ownership of the car.
So when Shawn discovered what he indeed was paid to own, he went to the Gold and Silver Pawnshop in Vegas to have his new property estimated. In the end, the pawnshop called in no less than the president of Shelby Cars Northwest who confirmed that they indeed had the real deal, valuing the Shelby Cobra chassis at around $60,000. After a few rounds of negotiations, Shawn ended up selling the car for $30,000 to the pawnshop’s owner, Richard Harrison, who later on had the car completed for a relatively bargain price of just $80,000.
This story isn’t good enough without actually seeing how everything went down. So check out the video and watch for yourself how this whole episode came to be.
The folks at Factory Five Racing, the premiere Shelby Cobra replica builders in the world, have just come out with their fourth generation roadster complete with a reshaped body for a more period correct look thanks to a new in house fiberglass manufacturing process that significantly reduces the costs to tool the bodywork and apply the paint as well as additional room in the footwells for a more comfortable ride for both the driver and passenger and an optional aluminum shell seat for bigger guys.
The Mk4 roadster replica also comes with an all new assembly manual for complete kits making it easier to put the cars together from scratch as well as a Koni suspension that was first offered as an option on the last generation model and are now standard with all kits, but best of all they are made to accept the all new 400 HP 5.0 Liter Coyote V8 from the new Mustang GT .
Every well-versed car enthusiast will tell you that if there was a car that would be considered as the ‘Holy Grail’ of automobiles, more than a few would say that the 1964 Shelby Cobra would fit that bill to a tee.
That being said, if you’re a self-professed car nut and you’ve got a ton of money to boot, then you have the opportunity – and a rare one at that – to buy an original ’64 Shelby Cobra when the car, chassis CSX2557, becomes up for grabs at an RM Auction on March 13.
The auction, which will coincide with the Amelia Island Concours, will feature a boatload of some of the world’s most exotic classics but none more so than the ’64 Cobra. The CSX2557 was produced to race in the U.S. Road Racing Championships and is just one of 42 189-powered racecars and one of only six “cut-back door” factory team cars to ever be built.
There’s no question this particular Shelby Cobra is as rare as it gets. There’s no telling how much this car is going to cost you but if you’re the type to peg a number, then you might have to shell out north of $1 million for the privilege of taking this ’64 Shelby Cobra home.
Not everyone can afford one of the six Shelby Daytona Coupes (if you can, one is going to auction in May .) So for those who don’t want to put a million dollars worth of hardware on the track, Factory Five Racing has a new kit.
Another car from the ’refuses to die’ file is the Shelby Cobra. Official replica maker Superformance is one of the largest makers of the Cobra kit, and they also add improvements to the spartan racer. The latest evolution of the fiberglass kit is the Special Edition MKIII-R developed in collaboration with Roush.
Customers can choose from a variety of Roush crate motors including the 427 IR V8 that is dyno tested at 576 horsepower and comes with a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty. The MKIII features custom Cobra seats with four-point harnesses, black chrome trim, Roush floor mats and short throw shifter, custom Roush-engraved wind wings, and a unique Monza Red paint scheme with silver stripes and black pin stripes.
Shelby Distribution USA presented automotive legend Carroll Shelby with a custom Superformance Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. This unique gift was made possible by Amy Boylan and the team at Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas and Lance Stander and the employees at Shelby Distribution USA in Irvine, CA. “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to honor Carroll Shelby with this special car,” said Stander. “We hope he enjoys driving it as much as we enjoyed giving it to him.”
Painted in the same “Guardsman Blue” of the original cars, Carroll’s Daytona Coupe also features the number 98 that represents chassis #2300 that Shelby himself owned up until 1999. Power comes from a Roush 427SR V8 with 480 horsepower and 515 lb-ft torque. Unique to Carroll’s Daytona Coupe is a shifting system that utilizes paddles and buttons on the steering wheel.
Developed by MasterShift of San Diego, the Art Carr 2004R 4-speed automatic transmission can be up shifted via paddles and downshifted using two buttons on either side of the steering wheel. The system also has safety features including a one second delay from Drive to Neutral as well as a speed sensor to prevent the car from being shifted into reverse or park unless it is completely stopped. Installation of the engine, transmission and paddle shift system was handled by Exotic Auto Restoration of Costa Mesa.
No burn-out. No high speed or rapid acceleration. No, this is just a video of a car being loaded into a truck.
But what a car, and what a sound. The car is a Shelby GT 500 “Super Snake,” caught as it was being loaded for transport to the Woodward Dream Cruise.
The “Super Snake” is a GT 500 specially modified by Shelby. It is supercharged and, depending on the version selected, puts out a minimum of 600 hp with 590 lb ft of torque, and can be had with as much as 725 hp. (No warranty offered on that one.)
The Ford Racing Handling Pack, shorter springs, a 3.73 rear axle ratio, Baer six piston brakes, and 20 inch Alcoa wheels designed by Shelby.
You don’t so much watch this video as listen to it.
Highland Daytona Racing is a leading Cobra Daytona Coupe designer and manufacturer. HDR only commercializes "turnkey" cars, adapted to the owner’s requirements, even as far as custom building the cars driver’s side interior to his personal size dimensions! These are not kit cars by anyone’s imagination.