• 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


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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A brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, by Bonhams Motoring


Bonhams Motoring annuncia la partecipazione alla seconda edizione della Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille che si terrà a Chantilly, in Francia, il 5 settembre 2015.

Ospitata nel parco del castello di Chantilly, la manifestazione Arts & Elegance ha debuttato nel 2014, attirando circa 10.000 spettatori. L’evento è anche il teatro di mostre d’arte, sfilate di moda, musica dal vivo e life style, tutto nella cornice del castello di Chantilly.

Chantilly ha una storia legata alle attività equestri, è la sede del celebre ippodromo e del Museo del Cavallo, vanta inoltre la più importante attività legata all’addestramento di cavalli da corsa in Francia. Nel 2005 la tenuta di Château de Chantilly, tra cui il famoso ippodromo di Chantilly, ha ricevuto una generosa donazione da parte dell’Aga Khan per essere ripristinata alla magnifica condizione in cui si trova oggi.

Questo nuovo evento Bonhams Motoring si integra perfettamente con il calendario delle aste di automobilismo ed offre una opportunità in più per la clientela europea. Il concetto alla base è quello di offrire un’asta poco dispersiva, con un numero limitato di esemplari ma molto ricercati, una trentina di lotti selezionati e adatti ad un serata in abito scuro. Un evento particolare, molto selezionato e Bonhams assieme al suo partner Peter Auto vuole farne parte.


Patrick Peter, responsabile di Peter Auto, ha dichiarato: “Bonhams è famosa nel mondo per le sue aste, in particolare quelle caratterizzate da auto da collezione, quindi siamo lieti che questa rinomata azienda sia nostro partner per il nostro evento Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille oltre alla sua presenza alla Spa Classic”.


Fondata nel 1982, Peter Auto ha guadagnato una reputazione internazionale, sia nel campo delle auto storiche che moderne, quale organizzatore di alcuni dei più rinomati eventi motoristici al mondo.

L’ingresso all’asta Bonhams Chantilly Salae è legato all’acquisto del catalogo.

Per i biglietti del concorso Chantilly Arts & Elegance, visitare il sito Peterauto.

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•Bonhams record breaking motoring department announce the Chantilly Sale, a debut auction at the second edition of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille

•The brand new auction will be Bonhams second dedicated motoring sale for France, taking place at the countries top Concours event

•The sale will take place on Saturday 5 September 2015


Bonhams international auctioneers will conduct a brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, taking place in Chantilly, France, on 5 September 2015.


Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, the Arts & Elegance event debuted in 2014, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concourse d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concourse d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.


In addition to the Concours d’Elegance, the original kind of horsepower is in celebration at the event, with equestrian activities in abundance. Chantilly has a notable history with the equine community, home to Chantilly Racecourse and the Living Museum of the Horse, in addition to boasting the largest racehorse-training community in France. In 2005 the Château de Chantilly estate, including the famous Chantilly Racecourse, received a generous donation by the Aga Khan to restore the estate to the glorious location it is today.






“We’re delighted to announce this brand new and exclusive motoring sale, taking place on the luxurious grounds of the Château de Chantilly. The event perfectly complements the motoring auction calendar, and will offer an additional sale for our European clientele,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars.


“The concept is to offer a bespoke ‘Salon’ style auction, offering a limited number of very fine examples of collectors’ motor cars, perhaps thirty or so carefully selected lots for the ‘black tie’ evening auction. Our partner, Peter Auto, has embarked on an innovative approach with Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, creating a new style of Concours – and Bonhams is delighted to be part of it.”

Patrick Peter, Head of Peter Auto, said: “Bonhams is famous the world over for its auctions, in particular those featuring collectors cars, so we’re delighted that this renowned company will associate itself with our Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille event in addition to its presence at Spa Classic. The organisation of such a sale in September in Chantilly confirms the momentum generated by the event only a year after it was held for the first time.”

Founded in 1982, Peter Auto has earned an international reputation both in the field of historical and modern cars, as organisers of some of the most renowned motor racing events in the world.

Entry to Bonhams Chantilly Sale is by catalogue purchase only. To purchase a catalogue, please visit the Bonhams website.

For tickets to Chantilly Arts & Elegance, visit http://peterauto.peter.fr/en

For further information on Bonhams motoring department, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

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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.
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Daytona and the Challenge of the Giants

Correvano, è proprio il caso di dire, gli anni sessanta ed il mondo dei motori viveva il suo momento più glorioso. Nel Pantheon dello sport i piloti erano divinità immortali. Le star del cinema frequentavano i paddock nel pre-gara e attori come Steve McQueen non nascondevano le loro attitudini di guida pilotando i bolidi del mondiale sport prototipi.

Le corse endurance erano al massimo del loro splendore e minacciavano di mettere nell’ombra il circus della Formula 1. Si trattava di corse interminabili e che mettevano alla prova vetture e piloti in una gara di resistenza. Le auto correvano inizialmente su circuiti stradali e la gente poteva ammirare queste supercar direttamente dalla strada. Leggendarie erano la Mille Miglia, il Tourist Trophy, la 1000 km del Nürburgring. Partecipavano al mondiale: vetture sport, gran turismo, prototipi e silhouette.

Tra le corse di questo genere, dopo la fine delle delle gare su circuiti stradali dovuta alla pericolosità, si affermarono le gare su 24 ore e tra tutte quella di Le Mans. Il fascino di questa corsa, particolarmente cara agli americani portò alla nascita nel 1966 di una analoga competizione negli USA, la 24 ore di Daytona.

Bene, in poco tempo questo nome ha creato il suo solco nella storia, e questo grazie ad una rivalità improvvisa e infuocata; un duello all’ultimo sangue tra due miti che si sfidavano per primeggiare nella categoria più prestigiosa, quella che incoronava la regina delle auto: la Gran Turismo. Chi sono questi protagonisti? Enzo Ferrari e Henry Ford II. Era nata la guerra tra Ferrari e Ford. Questo basta a dare l’idea dello scontro. Due giganti che si inseguivano nell’eterno desiderio di dominare definitivamente l’avversario. Come in una sfida tra due pesi massimi iniziarono a scambiarsi colpi pesantissimi.

La GT40, fresca creazione di Shelby, aggredì presto la vetusta Ferrari P3/4 dominando dal ’66 al ’69 la 24 di Le Mans. Ma immediata e devastante fu la reazione del Drake che dal suo cilindro fece uscire quella meravigliosa creazione che oggi batte tutti i record nelle aste di tutto il mondo: la GTO 250.

Ma non siamo qui a celebrare un vincitore. Come avviene sempre nello sport, le grandi rivalità restano nella memoria collettiva perché regalano grandi storie e riempiono i nostri ricordi con le immagini delle gesta dei campioni che ne sono stati protagonisti.

Gran premi più importanti

Targa Florio 1953-1977
Mille Miglia 1953-1957
Carrera Panamericana 1953-1954
24 Ore di Le Mans 1953-
24 Ore di Daytona 1966-
12 Ore di Sebring 1953-
12 Ore di Reims
Tourist Trophy
1000 km del Nürburgring 1953-
1000 km di Monza 1963-
1000 km di Spa 1963-
1000 km di Buenos Aires 1954-1972
1000 km di Fuji 1983-1988
200 miglia del Norisring 1984-1988
1000 km di Zeltweg 1966-1976

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The sixties was running, it’s appropriate to say, the motoring world was at its most glorious moment. In the Pantheon of the sport racing drivers were immortal gods. The movie stars frequented the paddock in the pre-race and actors like Steve McQueen did not hide their driving skills by driving the cars of the world sport prototypes.
The endurance races were in full bloom and threatened to overshadow the circus of Formula 1 racing. They were endless and very hard. The car ran initially on street circuits and people could see these supercars directly from the street. There Were the legendary Mille Miglia, the Tourist Trophy, the 1000 km Nürburgring. Participated in the World: sports cars, coaches, prototypes and silhouette.
Among the races of this kind, after the end of the races on street circuits due to the danger, there were the 24-hour races and among of all, Le Mans. The charm of this race led to the birth in 1966 of a similar competition in the USA, the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Well, in a short time this name has created its groove in the story, and this is due to a sudden and fiery rivalry; a duel to the death between two myths to excel in the most prestigious category, the one that crowned the queen of the car: the Gran Turismo. Who are these characters? Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II. It was born the war between Ferrari and Ford.  Two giants who were chasing the eternal desire to dominate the opponent permanently. As in a battle between two heavyweights, began exchanging heavy shots.
The GT40, fresh creation of Shelby, soon attacked the old Ferrari P3/4, dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But the reaction was immediate and devastating. Drake let out its cylinder the wonderful creation which now breaks all records at auctions around the world: the 250 GTO.
But we are not here to celebrate a winner. As always happens in sports, the great rivalries remain in the collective memory because they offer great stories and fill our memories with pictures of the exploits of the samples that have been involved.

Steve McQueen’s Ferrari & co. at Quail Lodge

Andiamo verso il trentacinquesimo anniversario dalla morte di Steve McQueen e la sua stella brilla più che mai. Abbiamo parlato in un precedente post del suo Heuer Monaco ed ora abbiamo davanti la sua splendida Ferrari 275 GTB… Sembra uscita ieri dalla fabbrica bellissima come in un film degli anni sessanta. Accanto a lei osservano la scena, un’altra 275 nera, una magnifica Ford GT40 spider e una Mercedes ali di gabbiano. Godiamoci qualche altro scatto offertoci dal nostro amico speciale…20140815-205926-75566838.jpg












We go to the thirty-fifth anniversary of the death of Steve McQueen and his star shines more than ever. We talked in a previous post of his Heuer Monaco and now we have in front of his beautiful Ferrari 275 GTB … It looks beautiful out yesterday from the factory like a movie of the sixties. Beside her, observing the scene, another black 275, a magnificent Ford GT40 roadster and a Mercedes gullwing. Let’s enjoy another shot offered to us by our special friend …