With the release of Ford v. Ferrari, I thought it appropriate that a Shelby should be Pick of the Day since the tall Texan played such a big part in the Ford effort at winning Le Mans.
Basically, if you are any kind of car enthusiast you know about Carroll Shelby. If you want to learn more, go see the new movie, then read A.J. Baime’s book Go Like Hell. The movie is excellent and the book is the best document of the era presented in the film.
You could buy any number of used replica Cobras today for as little as $30,000. Instead, let’s focus on the authentic article: an actual 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.
This Cobra carries the number CSX 2133 and was finished originally in Bright Blue paint with black leather, according to the seller. The body and chassis were built by AC Cars in England, then shipped to Shelby American in Los Angeles for installation of the Ford 289 V8 drivetrain.
According to the car’s records, it was then shipped to Michigan, where it was invoiced to Jaques Passino of Ford Motor Company as number 2133 with what was called the Class A accessories, which included a luggage rack, and whitewall tires.
The seller states that was the first Cobra known to have been built with the final-style small, round Cobra badges on the front and rear. It is also said to have served as a test car for an article in Sports Car Graphic magazine.
Like many Shelby Cobras, it passed through a number of hands, with various owners making a few modifications along the way. One of the best things about this car is that it appears to have a very complete ownership history, thanks largely to the Shelby American Automobile Club.
If you are bitten by the Shelby bug after seeing Ford v. Ferrari and have a hefty checkbook, the asking price is $925,000, which is on the higher end of the range in today’s market. With the new movie, the prices on these cars could well go up, so this might be a good time to buy.
A real Shelby Cobra like this is the icon that begat all that came afterwards and is likely to be a true “Blue Chip” collector car forever. It is a true touchstone to the era.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.