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A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

If you’re hoping to add a bright new statement piece to your garage, it doesn’t get any shinier than this: A Shelby Cobra CSX4000 Series Roadster with a hand-crafted aluminum body will be going up for auction next month.

The sporty two-seater is a 1965 model of sorts; it was actually built in the early 2000s to honor the 40th anniversary of the Shelby company. It’s No. 29 of 40 made, and only one of five with a hand-crafted, polished aluminum body. Under the hood, an all-aluminum Shelby 427 FE Stroker V-8 engine powers the Cobra with 535 horses and 545 ft lbs of torque. The car also features a Toploader four-speed manual transmission and two Holley four-barrel carburetors. Other standout features include rack and pinion steering, a four-wheel Baer disc brake system and a Shelby/Dana 44 rear differential.

A peek under the hood 

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Outside,  the Cobra is nothing if not striking. Its classic curvaceous body comes adorned with brushed aluminum stripes down the middle and a chrome roll hoop. The 15-inch Trigo knock-off wheels are accompanied by vintage Goodyear Eagle Billboard racing tires. And the clear wheel-well protection is contrasted with the soft black fender guards.
Almost as if to let the exterior shine even brighter, the interior is downright minimalist. There’s a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a Carroll Shelby–signed glovebox. The seat upholstery, meanwhile, is sleek black leather, and both the sun visors and wind wings are made of plexiglass. That’s about it—and that’s all you need.

The roadster in profile 

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Mecum Auctions is putting the rare car up for auction in Tulsa from June 9 to 11. No pricing estimates are listed, but a similar model hammered down for $205,000 in 2020, Designboom noted.
Collectors, get those bids ready.

This Gorgeous 1964 Shelby Cobra Was a Championship Racer. Now It Could Be Yours.

This Gorgeous 1964 Shelby Cobra Was a Championship Racer. Now It Could Be Yours.

Scoring an original Shelby Cobra is needle in a haystack stuff. American racer Carroll Shelby built just 998 examples between 1962 and 1967, after all. Rarer still are the Cobras that went on to score wins on the track. Allow us to introduce you to one such needle.

The 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 in question, which is currently up for sale through England’s William I’Anson, combines both beautiful automotive design and a legitimate racing pedigree. As the lovechild of AC Cars and the Ford Motor Company, the Cobra combines a simple twin-tube chassis frame from across the pond with the Blue Oval’s V-8 power.

Chassis number CSX2532 left the AC Cars factory in the UK in 1964, before it was shipped stateside to be finished off by Shelby in California. As the supply of five-bolt block V-8s had actually run dry, the automaker opted for a mill that combined  ‘64 and ‘65 specifications. These were the only engines made by Ford exclusively for Cobras, and this particular car was either the first or second to receive one, according to the seller.

The Cobra comes with its original, numbered 289ci HiPo engine. 

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Originally finished in Princess Blue with a red interior, the four-wheeler was also outfitted with a Class A accessories package which included dual 4V carburetors and intake-manifold, a fiberglass bonnet scoop, chrome wheels wrapped in whitewall tires and a luggage rack.
As this Cobra is a racer, it’s been put through its paces over the years. Fortunately, it’s also been constantly refreshed and restored. Today, the car sports a freshly built engine mated to a new manual gearbox and differential. (Don’t worry, all the original parts and the numbered 289ci HiPo engine come with the car.) It’s also been fitted with an aluminum Le Mans-style hardtop and painted black with two white stripes.
As mentioned, the Cobra has earned multiple Masters Gentleman Drivers and GT & Sports Car Cup championship titles and race wins. It’s currently eligible for historic racing, too, which means you can nab a few more checkered flags.
Price is available upon request, but be ready to cough up for this beauty. Classic Cobras routinely attract seven figures.
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This 1-of-1 Ford Shelby Cobra ‘Daisy’ Concept Is Heading to Auction This Summer

This 1-of-1 Ford Shelby Cobra ‘Daisy’ Concept Is Heading to Auction This Summer

The Cobra was never going to be an easy four-wheeler to follow up, but that didn’t stop Carroll Shelby and Ford from trying. In 2004, the duo unveiled a spiritual successor to the ‘60s muscle car and now you have a chance to own it.

The modernized Cobra, codenamed “Daisy,” was developed as a fully functional prototype but, unfortunately, never made it to production due to the looming Great Recession. As such, there is just one Daisy in existence, and it’s going under the gavel at Mecum’s Monterey auction, running August 12-14.

Ford’s former VP Chris Theodore worked with Shelby and the marque’s then-VP of product design J Mays to see the silver bullet come to fruition. Like the original Cobra, Daisy has a sinuous silhouette with sleek lines and racing stripes that point to her power.

Carroll Shelby with Daisy. 

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Under the hood, the high-octane ride is fitted with a 6.4-liter V-10 that sends 605 hp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transaxle. Ford actually tested three other experimental engines before landing on this setup. The transaxle, meanwhile, was actually sourced from the 2005 Ford GT.
That’s not the only thing borrowed from the Blue Oval’s supercar, either. The front and rear suspension plus elements of the all-aluminum space frame chassis came courtesy of the GT. Elsewhere, Daisy sports power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, Brembo cross-drilled brake rotors and four-piston front calipers, custom seven-spoke BBS billet wheels, and BF Goodrich racing slicks.
Daisy runs like a race-winning Cobra, too. The historic roadster was put through its paces by Shelby, who covered more than 150 miles on the Irwindale Speedway in California. According to the auction house, the racing great was nothing short of impressed with his creation.

Carroll Shelby also autographed the roadster. 

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“It’s going to be a real ass-kicker,” Shelby, who was then 81 years old, said at the time.
Despite all this, Ford was forced to nix the continuation car on account of economic uncertainty, at which point Daisy was pulled apart and put away. In 2017, Theodore purchased Daisy at a charity auction and took her to the very team that built her to restore her to her former glory.
Since then, the one-off Cobra has attended a myriad of auto shows, been driven by Jay Leno and Ice Cube, and is the star of Theodore’s award-winning book The Last Shelby Cobra, My Times with Carroll Shelby.

Today, Daisy is presented in immaculate condition and ready to be the centerpiece of a collection. There is no pre-auction estimate, but don’t expect this seminal piece of automotive history to come cheap.
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This Stunning Cobra Replica Was Once Owned by Yankees Legend Reggie Jackson. Now It’s up for Auction.

This Stunning Cobra Replica Was Once Owned by Yankees Legend Reggie Jackson. Now It’s up for Auction.

There’s no shortage of Shelby Cobra continuation cars on the market, but few possess the stinging beauty of the real thing quite so well as this replica currently listed on Bring a Trailer.

The immaculate Cobra lookalike is the handiwork of ERA Replica Automobiles of New Britain, Connecticut. The shop has a rep for turning out some of the finest replicas in the business, and this four-wheeler is no exception. It’s the very spit of the lightweight FIA 289 Cobra roadsters that dominated the American race tracks throughout the ‘60s.

In fact, the kit car is so impressive that it was reportedly owned by a certain Hall of Fame baseball player. According to the seller, this particular ERA Cobra 289FIA was originally purchased in 2012 by none other than famed Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson. Now on its third owner, the car has just 1,000 miles on the ticker and is presented in pristine condition.

The replica Cobra was acquired as a kit by baseballer Reggie Jackson for assembly in 2012. 

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Likely at the request of Jackson, the Cobra’s curvaceous fiberglass body sports a gleaming Yankee Blue finish with red fender stripes. It has “44” emblazoned on its doors, hood and trunk, which was Jackson’s number during his five-year stint with the Pinstripes. It also sports a set of 15-inch FIA-style replica wheels wrapped with Avon rubber that adds to the vintage feel.
Further retro charm emanates from the interior, which is fitted with a wood-rimmed steering wheel and Stewart Warner’s classic gauges and instruments. Unlike the original race car, however, which was replete with aluminum, the replica features plush black leather-upholstered bucket seats and carpets for added comfort.

It sports a gleaming Yankee Blue finish along with Jackson’s number 44. 

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Under the hood lies an exact copy of one of the Blue Oval’s V-8. The Ford 351 Windsor, which was reportedly sourced from BluePrint Engines of Nebraska, is mated to a Tremec TKO five-speed manual transmission with a Centerforce clutch. (The original Toploader four-speed manual is also included with the sale of the car.) The small block breathes through ceramic headers and a stainless steel exhaust system, while a fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes ensure solid handling.
For those who want to take a swing at owning Mr. October’s very own roadster, it’s currently sitting at $53,500 at time of writing, with five days left on the auction. Batter up.

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This All-Bronze ’65 Shelby Cobra Could Be Yours for $475,000

This All-Bronze ’65 Shelby Cobra Could Be Yours for $475,000

Kirkham Motorsports may have earned a reputation for handcrafting exacting Shelby Cobra continuations that rank among the best in the biz, but the Utah-based outfit still knows how to keep things interesting. For proof, feast your eyes on this dazzling Cobra, which features a body made entirely out of bronze.
The metallic masterpiece, which has just been listed through RM Sotheby’s New York for $475,000, takes cues from the 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra. This is widely considered to be one of the greatest American sports cars of all time and pairs a perfectly curvy silhouette with potent performance specs.

While Kirkham’s replicas are typically forged from lightweight aluminum, this gleaning outlier was constructed out of hand-beaten and hand-formed bronze. The bare-metal body has also been hand-polished to the high heavens for a striking mirror finish that’s contrasted by brushed-in racing stripes. The Cobra’s chrome-colored exhaust pipes and roll bar also serve to break up all that bronze, while Halibrand-style knock-off wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle billboard tires punctuate the design.
The Cobra’s interior has a charming vintage feel.  RM Sotheby’s

Naturally, it has the stinging speed of an original Cobra, too. Underneath that eye-catching exterior lies an updated chassis with a 427 V8 built by Carroll Shelby Engine Company. This fuel-injected engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, churns out 650 horses and 670 ft lbs of twist. This enables the retro roadster to soar from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.
The interior, meanwhile, is much more subdued and has a charming vintage feel. The cockpit features period-correct black leather bucket seats and a matching leather dashboard that’s equipped with Speedhut performance gauges. The speedometer and tachometer, along with the classic wood-rimmed steering wheel, feature Carroll Shelby’s signature, just in case you forget who’s responsible for this incredible four-wheeler.
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