1965 Shelby Cobra continuation

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The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body
The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body

There’s a big difference between kit cars and continuation cars, as pointed out in a story last week on ClassicCars.com. And while there are many examples of Shelby Cobra kit cars, the one presented today is a real factory continuation car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000-series car with full documentation from Shelby Automotive, according to the Sarasota, Florida , dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com.

The Cobra is powered by a 451 cid stroker V8
The Cobra is powered by a 451 cid stroker V8

The CSX 4000-series cars were built by Shelby on 427 Cobra frames reputedly left over from the original 1960s production run. Whether or not this car sits on an actual leftover frame, it definitely represents an amazing value when compared with period-built Cobras, which nowadays change hands north of a million dollars.

CSX 4835 was finished about 10 years ago and, according to the Shelby Automotive manufacturer’s statement, it has a fiberglass body in Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes. It is equipped with a 451cid V8 stroker engine built from a 427 block, a four-speed top-loader gearbox, a 42-gallon fuel tank, Trigo knockoff wheels and a detachable steering wheel.

The value of period Shelby Cobras is never likely to fall, so this continuation car that was built when Shelby was still with us could be a strong investment. It offers essentially everything that a period Cobra would for a fraction of the price.

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The cockpit looks to be brand new
The cockpit looks to be brand new

No, they do not have the event eligibility of a period car, but they do offer the entire driving experience of a period-built car with the added advantage of being newer, easier to own and more drivable than the period examples.

These cars are extraordinarily fast and offer the true Shelby pedigree that is lacking in the many kit-car Cobras out there. Being a continuation car, the build quality is typically excellent and it always will be more valuable than the replicas.

For anyone who wants to own a “real” Cobra but lacks the requisite million dollars to buy one, this car with an asking price of $129,500 could be just the ticket.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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