Shelby Cobra is probably one of the american classics most sought after when we speak of original units. The drive of the Shelby Cobra that today we are dealing with is not a any, because it is the famous CSX 2000, nothing more and nothing less than the first unit built of the model by Carroll Shelby and his team
Taking as starting an AC Ace and, among other things, by placing a V8 engine Ford 260 cubic inch (4.2 liters) was born to the famed Shelby Cobra. This first unit with chassis number CSX 2000 is going to be auctioned by the home RM Sothebys in Pebble Beach in mid-August and there is no doubt that it will be one of the lots star. This year there will be other models Shelby very interesting, like a Cobra 427 in the year 65 with the automatic gearbox, which was the vehicle of journal of the himself Carroll Shelby.
In his time, the Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 was used for many more tasks which usually undertake a model of pre-production. It was used for a different tests in the specialised press of the time, at the same time was the show-car of the main events of the engine in north America. It also formed part of the fleet of vehicles of the driving school of Carroll Shelby.
The Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 has always belonged to the company, and has been exposed in the Shelby Heritage Museum of the brand in Las Vegas, in addition to having participated in competitions of elegance such as Pebble Beach in 2012. Part of the value of this unit is that it is located in your original state of conservation, so that it is possible to see some defects in the body, as well as an interior for the that the years have taken their toll, with a few seats in a very poor state.
On the painting of the body must make a clarification. It is not the original, as when in the 60s, this unit went through the main evistas american, each one of them was delivered to the Shelby Cobra CSX 2000, the same unit, painted in different colors. In this way, you are made to think that Sehlby already had a fleet of Cobras, when in reality there was only a single unit.
it Is difficult to understand that Shelby go to get rid of a jewel as this, which is part of the history of the automotive industry, american and that soon, for sure, will rest in a private garage.
Source – RM Sothebys