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.


Source: YouTube

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  (1211) posted on 03.7.2011

That car look so gorgeous. So much nicer looking compare to the continuation model. I was really amazed on how some modification changes the personality of the car!

  (409) posted on 02.16.2011

Actual Shelby Cobras are rare birds and command a serious price premium when they come on the market. Of course they’re also the most replicated cars in history so anything claiming to be an actual car is highly suspect.

  (498) posted on 02.16.2011

Shelby Cobra 427 S/C was first sold a Japanese buyer who was under the impression he was buying a real and original Shelby Cobra. The seller had stamped a fake CSX number onto the vehicle.

  (518) posted on 04.12.2010

Yes, it’s very hard and very rare to see an authentic shelby cobra today. If I’m not mistaken they’re are only 500 or less of these in the world.

  (798) posted on 04.12.2010

Yes of course, driving it is a one hell of experience and you should treasure it in your whole life.

  (2) posted on 04.7.2010

There are some real problems with this. When the car is on the trailer you can see that the car has a rack and pinion stearing. The car never had this. And when they rebuild the car they don’t put it back stock. They put a late model motor and trans. Big no no. This thing is like all of reality tv. Its fake.

  (341) posted on 04.7.2010

30 grand might be a very expensive tag for a car but for an authentic classic like the Shelby Cobra body and chassis, I’d say it could have been priced more. Considering the amount of imitators or replica makers out there, having an original body and chassis is still a good edge, even if people wont get to notice it when the original and replica is showcased together.

  (461) posted on 04.7.2010

Honestly, it’s very difficult to find for a cobra. 100% pretty sure that the owner of the shelby cobra won’t sell it.

  (417) posted on 04.7.2010

Lucky for him that ford payed him for having an authentic and iconic cobra. I wonder if he sells it how much will it costs.

  (329) posted on 04.7.2010

Yes, I agree. Consider yourself lucky if you got a chance to see a cobra like this rollin’ on the streets.

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