The iconic Shelby Cobra rules as one of the world’s most-admired sports cars, familiar to everyone and with so many replicas out there that when you see a Cobra on the street, you automatically assume it’s a replica.
The Pick of the Day is most-certainly not a replica but an actual, low-mileage 289 roadster built by Carroll Shelby’s crew back in the day. The 1963 Shelby Cobra has had an easy life, according to the seller advertising the car on ClassicCars.com, kept in Hawaii and only driven occasionally.
“For more than 45 years, this beautifully preserved 1963 Shelby Cobra lived in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment in Hawaii, and was driven by the late owner when he visited his second home on the island,” according to the ad. “With less than 17,000 miles on the odometer, which are believed to be original, this lightly used and lovingly cared-for authentic Shelby Cobra has to be one of the most original on the planet.
“Unlike many of the Shelby street cars from the ’60s, this one has never been modified for the track, and is virtually unmolested.”
The Cobra, CSX 2081, has had one repaint and some minor paintless dent repair, says the seller, a dealer located in Garland, Texas, although the car is in Los Angeles and wears a Montana license plate. Go figure.
The chrome spoke wheels were added in the ’60s, the dealer says, and the Cobra still has its original windshield in place. The car comes with all its equipment, including convertible top, side curtains, tonneau, jack, tools, grease gun, etc.
While the Shelby still has its factory-installed Ford 289cid V8, 4-speed transmission and differential, it has a replacement Harrison replica radiator and the generator has been replaced with an alternator. The factory radiator and generator are available on request, the seller notes, as are the original wheels and tires.
“Here’s an opportunity to own a fully documented, original 289… Shelby Cobra, fully sorted and ready to show, or enjoy on a weekend cruise,” the dealer says.
An original ’63 Cobra in such clean, low-mileage condition would be the star at most collector car auctions, and this car is priced according at $985,000, or basically a million bucks. If everything is as described, it’s a great car and would be a sound investment.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.