RM Sotheby’s | THE MOST IMPORTANT AMERICAN SPORTS CAR TO EVER BE OFFERED FOR SALE: THE VERY FIRST SHELBY COBRA

  • Unprecedented sale: RM Sotheby’s presents the first Shelby Cobra—CSX 2000—at its flagship Monterey, California sale, August 19-20
  • Offered by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, CSX 2000 was owned from new by the legendary Carroll Shelby and has never left his care
  • RM’s Monterey sale to also feature the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427, CSX 3178, also retained from new by the great Carroll Shelby and offered from the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Further information, images and a frequently updated list of entries for RM Monterey available at www.rmsothebys.com

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BLENHEIM, Ontario (June 29, 2016) – CSX 2000, the most important modern American car—period—and a vehicle that revolutionized the automotive world, will cross the auction block this summer as part of RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale, August 19–20, in California. Offered for sale by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, the iconic Cobra was constructed and kept from new by the legendary Carroll Shelby and never left his ownership. A truly unprecedented event, its presentation in Monterey will command the attention of the global collector community.image008

The original Shelby Cobra, CSX 2000 marked the start of Carroll Shelby’s incredible automotive legacy. The car was born in 1962 in a small garage in Santa Fe Springs, California, after Carroll Shelby, joined by a handful of hot-rodders, shoehorned Ford’s new, lightweight, high revving 260-cubic inch V-8 into a modified AC Ace chassis. The result—a fierce sports car armed with incredible performance in a lithe, stylish package—became the cornerstone on which the great Carroll Shelby set the world on fire and forever changed the course of automotive history.

“When it comes to American sports cars, CSX 2000 is without peers. Its historical significance and impact on the global sports car scene cannot be overstated,” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “In the automotive world, CSX 2000 was the shot heard ‘round the world; it revolutionized not only American racing, but the greater auto industry as a whole. Had Carroll Shelby never decided to squeeze that high performance V-8 into its engine bay, there would be no Cobra and certainly no Shelby American, nor GT40, nor the others that followed. The automotive landscape and sports cars as we know them would be very different.”

image006CSX 2000 played a multitude of roles during its early days. As the only one of its kind, it was not only used in testing and development, but also driven by the motoring press, and shown in cities across the U.S. to drum up interest and sales for the fledgling company, Shelby American, Inc. During this time, thanks to clever marketing, Shelby also convinced the public that Cobra production was in full swing; the car was repainted a different color for almost every appearance to give the impression that Shelby had more than one car in their inventory. In reality, it remained the first and only Cobra for seven months. CSX 2000’s technical specifications were also extraordinary. A 1962 road test by Road & Track revealed a 0–60 mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds, a standing quarter-mile run in 13.8 seconds at 112 mph, and a top speed of 153 mph.

Throughout its life, even after Cobra production ended, CSX 2000 never shied away from public view, nor did it change ownership. It has been featured in countless books and magazines, continually driven and critiqued in road tests, and a frequent motor show starlet. It was even used for a period of time by employees at the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving. To commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Shelby Cobra in 2012, CSX 2000 took center stage at some of the country’s most prominent events that year—the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion included. Since then, it has been a prominent and much-admired display at the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Carroll and Rob Myers discussed Cobra #1 many times, and they were good friends. Their agreement that Rob would offer the car for Carroll’s Trust, after he was gone, was a very emotional one for both of them,” states Joe Conway, Co-Trustee with Neil Cummings of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. “Neil Cummings and I are now simply carrying out Carroll’s wishes, with no disrespect meant to the other individuals who meant so much to Carroll and did so much for his business and his Foundation over the years.”

Shelby Myers, on behalf of RM Sotheby’s adds, “We feel both incredibly honored and privileged to have been entrusted with CSX 2000’s sale by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. It is, without exception, the single most important and history-rewriting sports car ever offered at auction, after over 50 years of ownership and without ever leaving the care of its founding father. Supremely original and with extraordinary history, we’re beyond thrilled to celebrate and present this national treasure in Monterey this August.”

As part of a fantastic showcase celebrating 50 years of Shelby heritage, RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale will also offer the 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX 3178, on behalf of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. Another car in single-ownership with Carroll Shelby from new, CSX 3178 was fitted with a rare automatic transmission for his personal driving use. Also set for the RM Monterey podium, a 1999 Shelby Series I Roadster, CSX 5064, finished in Centennial Silver with Candy Apple Blue stripes, and sporting only 2,637 miles, and Carroll Shelby’s personal 1986 Dodge Shelby GLHS Omni, GLHS 086, showing just 7,733 miles, both of which are offered from the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

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Mustang Cobra Shelby GT500 Fastback, 1967. Real muscles.

Qualche tempo fa mi sono imbattuto in questo post (motorauthority) che mostrava una Mustang Cobra Shelby GT500 del 1969 con solo 8500 miglia pressoché sommersa dalla polvere. Era il lascito di un uomo senza eredi. E’ stata venduta ad un’asta pubblica in Pennsylvania il 25 Aprile scorso.

Dalla morte del leggendario Carroll Shelby, avvenuta nel 2012, quest’auto e le altre della produzione Cobra Shelby, hanno incrementato enormemente il loro valore e sono oggi protagoniste di aste all’ultimo sangue. La GT500 è una auto senza compromessi e senza bisogno di presentazioni. Il sogno di ogni americano ma anche di molti europei. Protagonista di scene spericolate nei film americani degli anni ’60 e ’70 e simbolo di un epoca storica per l’auto americana.

La Shelby American già dalla sua prima creazione, la A.C. Cobra, entrò di diritto nel firmamento dell’automobilismo mondiale con Carroll Shelby come profeta. Da allora il suo nome è sinonimo di auto puramente sportive, dalle linee muscolose e aggressive. La GT40 resta il punto più alto di una produzione tanto breve quanto eccezionale. Tre capolavori assoluti, un concentrato di forza e fascino che hanno tracciato un solco indelebile nel panorama dell’automobilismo sportivo.

La Cobra GT500 venne presentata nel 1967 come evoluzione della GT350, con un poderoso motore da 7 litri Big-block V8 FE Police Interceptor da oltre 400 cv. Negli anni ‘60, con l’esplosione delle muscle car, i motori Big-Block (V8 maggiori di 6000 cc) vennero montati su vetture di dimensioni medie. Ma questa tendenza crollò dopo la crisi petrolifera del 1973, e così i gloriosi anni dei Big-Block e delle muscle car terminarono e furono per sempre consegnati alla storia.

Delle 2048 Mustang Cobra Shelby GT500 prodotte nel ‘67 quella che presentiamo oggi è una delle 672 a trasmissione automatica e delle 8 che montano l’aria condizionata. E’ una delle ultime prodotte da Carroll Shelby presso la leggendaria sede del Los Angeles International Airport poiché nel 1968 la produzione delle Shelby venne spostata allo stabilimento Ford di Iona, Michigan dove venne prodotta la versione GT390, famosa per il film “Bullit“, con Steve McQueen.

Questa magnifica GT500 blu si trova in condizioni perfette ed è dotata di tutti gli optional dell’epoca come servosterzo e servofreno, sedili posteriori pieghevoli, radio, cerchi Shelby, rollbar e naturalmente l’aria condizionata e il cambio automatico che ne fanno un rarissimo esemplare che si stima possa oltrepassare i $150.000 dollari di valore. Per informazioni scrivere a info@meridianae.com.


Few time ago I read this post (MotorAuthority) that showed a Shelby Cobra GT500 1969 with only 8500 miles almost submerged in the dust. It was the legacy of a man with no heirs. It was sold at a public auction in Pennsylvania on April 25 last year.
Since the death of the legendary Carroll Shelby, passed away in 2012, this car and the others of the Shelby Cobra production, have dramatically increased their value.
The GT500 is a car without compromise and presentations need. The dream of every American but also many Europeans. The protagonist of daring scenes in American films of the 60s and 70s and a symbol of a historical era for American cars.
The Shelby American since its first creation, the AC Cobra, entered in the sport car firmament with Carroll Shelby as a prophet. Since then, his name is synonymous of pure sports, muscular and aggressive car. The GT40 is the highest point of a production as short as exceptional. Three masterpieces, a concentration of power and charm that have drawn an indelible groove in the landscape of motorsports.
The Cobra GT500 was introduced in 1967 as an evolution of the GT350, with a 7-liter engine Big-block V8 FE Police Interceptor for more then 400 hp. In the 60s, with the success of the muscle car, the Big-Block engine (V8 above 6000 cc) were mounted on middle size cars. But this trend collapsed after the oil crisis of 1973, and so the glorious years of the Big-Block and muscle car finished and were forever consigned to history.
Of the 2048 Mustang Cobra Shelby GT500 produced in ’67, the one that we present today is one of the 672 automatic transmission and 8 fitted with air conditioning. And one of the last produced by Carroll Shelby at the legendary Los Angeles International Airport. By 1968 the production was moved to the Ford plant in Iona, Michigan where it was produced the GT390 version, famous for the movie “Bullit” with Steve McQueen.
This GT500 is in perfect condition and comes with all the original optionals, such as power steering and power brakes, folding rear seats, radio, Shelby wheels, roll-bar, and of course air conditioning and automatic transmission, making it a super rare example which is estimated to exceed $ 150,000 in value.
For information write to info@meridianae.com