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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.

Details after the jump


1963 Shelby Cobra Exterior
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This particular one has only had two owners in its lifetime and its body and interior - the red exterior and the black interior - remains in good condition given the circumstances of a car that’s a little short of 40 years old and hasn’t been touched in 20 years.


Even its original powertrain - a 289 cubic-inch small block V8 engine - was given an overhaul to keep it up to the times. While the 271 horsepower output at 6,000 rpm with 312 lb/ft of torque at 3400 rpm of this Cobra isn’t huge by any means in today’s world, back in it’s day, it was as fast as a slithering serpent out on the street.


1963 Shelby Cobra Exterior
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The car, which remains in good condition despite the three-decade long hibernation, is being headlined at the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event where it is expected to fetch somewhere around $425,000 to $475,000.

Here’s the amazing part: that kind of money just might even be a bargain for an original 1963 Shelby Cobra.


It’s hard to imagine a car that can come close to the legacy and history of the Shelby Cobra so it really doesn’t matter what kind of car you put up against this timeless work of engineering. Not only does the Cobra not have any peer when it comes to its iconic status, trying to find one is really an exercise in futility.

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    • Uhmm...if you have the money, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take a stab at bidding for this car
    • If you don’t have the money, well, just like the rest of us, tough luck

Source: Auctions America by RM

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  (368) posted on 08.10.2011

You know what is good in this one. It made a big part in the car industry. Some future concepts came from this and other older cars. If I will criticize this one now. I will tell you that is some kind of lame because we are comparing this to our current models. Come to think of it. Try not to compare a car.

  (460) posted on 03.14.2011

i think the most annoying about black is ..losing its form when it was surrounded by shiny lights then it lose it form. Some say its good looking but I can’t see where?

  (776) posted on 01.23.2011

Gorgeous! Looking so awesome, but I am still wondering how they manage past current safety regulations with that interior (just look at those old seat belts and I don’t think the steering wheel has an airbag in it smiley).

  (714) posted on 01.23.2011

The red roadster below here is a very special piece. This Cobra is one of 31 examples fitted nearly to racing spec, and marketed as some of the
fastest street cars ever offered for sale.

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