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Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2367
 
In 1903, Weller, a British company, began producing cars. Their first successful model was a three-wheeled delivery vehicle named the Auto Carrier. Soon, the company became Auto Carrier, Ltd. and eventually AC Cars Group, Ltd.

AC introduced the Ace model in 1953 as a two seat sports coupe. It was powered by a Bristol engine until 1961 when they began using six cylinder Ford engines. Along came Carroll Shelby, who in 1962 reached an agreement to use a Ford 260 cubic-inch V8 in the Ace model. This car became the Cobra. The result was the Corvette beater that Shelby so badly desired. Ford's HiPo 289 cubic-inch V-8 became the new power plant in 1964.

The chassis code of CSX denoted export Cobra while the last four numbers indicated the production sequence beginning at 2,000, meaning this is the 367th unit built. This vehicle was originally painted blue, but due to a special order, Shelby American repainted it in metallic green also known as Lincoln's Highland Green. It was driven every day until 1978, then parked for 20 years and restored in 2000-2002.
Roadster
 
Carroll Shelby made 435 AC Cobras with the 289 cubic-inch Ford high performance engine. This car is one of two that were equipped at the factory with an optional aluminum high-rise intake manifold with a 715 CFM Holley Carburetor.

The car is displayed in its original color combination, and was featured on the cover of the September 2007 Classic Motorsports magazine.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2414
 
A.C. Cars of Thames Ditton in Surrey, England, had been producing the Ace since 1954. Designed by John Tojeiro, it featured independent suspension and a tubular frame body, which took its styling cues from Ferrari. When Carroll Shelby approached the company and suggested the Ford V8 as a power plant in 1959 little did he known that a legend was soon to be born. Throughout its life this original and unrestored Mark II Cobra (chassis CSX2414) with 289 cubic-inch, 4.7-liter V8 has covered only 10,000 miles.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2290
 
Sold for $1,320,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
This 1964 Shelby American factory-prepared Competition Cobra, CSX2290, was originally purchased by John Hilton (of the Hilton Hotels) in street configuration at a purchase price of $5,584.05. Shortly after being purchased, Mr. Hilton returned CSX2290 to the Shelby factory for conversion by the factory to racing specifications at an additional cost of $5,478.47. CSX2290 was then raced in USRRC, FIA and SCCA events. Driven by Charlie Parsons and Monte Shelton, the car placed first overall and first in 'A' Production numerous times.

The legacy of the Anglo-American hybrid sports cars can trace their roots back to the introduction of Ford's original 'flathead' V-8 of 1932. This new powerplant provided an infusion of relatively inexpensive and easily upgraded power to the elegant British sportsters of that era. The list includes Jensen, Brough Superior, Railton, Batten, and many others. In the post-War era period, Sydney Allard took the concept even further, and his various models were very effective and competitive wherever they raced.

Carroll Shelby's 1962 Cobra roadster was the pinnacle of this concept. Using the knowledge he gained during his career racing, he knew what worked and what didn't. At the time, Shelby was 37 and his career in racing was coming to a close. He had won the 24 Hours of LeMans race for Aston Martin in 1959, and by the early 1960s had become the Goodyear Racing tire distributor for the western USA and started his own racing school at Riverside Raceway in California.

Shelby initially considered installed a V-8 into the Austin-Healey 3000, but Donald Healey was not interested; Mr. Healey was doing fine with his BMC factory deal. Shelby's Scaglietti Corvette project of 1959 begat three cars, but Chevrolet was loathe to support a Corvette challenger and Scaglietti was not willing to anger its main client, Ferrari.

Shelby was able to find a supporter at AC Cars, of Thames Ditton in Surrey. The company's John Tojeiro-designed Ace roadster had been a competitive racer for several years, but the outdated BMW two-liter, six-cylinder was in need of modernization. Bristol Cars had been making the engine under license, but their line of coupes had grown in size, and the engine had been stretched to its limit. Bristol made the decision to abandon the old six and use a 331 cubic-inch Chrysler V-8, which meant AC would be left without a motor.

The Hurlock brothers, who owned AC, were working with tuner Ken Rudd to extract every ounce of power from the 2.6-liter English Ford Zephyr OHV six-cylinder motor. The result was 170 horsepower but it was done at a cost, highlighting the weakness of the engine's bottom end, leading to 'light bulb' motors, which burned brightly but not for long.

Shelby wanted to use a small-block Chevrolet V-8, but GM was protective of its Corvette franchise. Instead, Ray Brock told Shelby about a new, lightweight Ford V-8 engine. The powerplant had 221 cubic-inches and thin-wall construction which meant it weighed only slightly more than the outgoing Bristol. Ford engineer Dave Evans offered Shelby a couple of 260 cubic-inch high performance variants, designed for the Falcon Sprint, completely winning over Shelby. Shelby flew to England on February 1st of 1962 to test drive his new Cobra.

The new cars were completed in Shelby's California factory, and most were taken directly to the race track. The first 75 cars were powered by the 260 cubic-inch motor, which was quickly enlarged to 289 cubic-inches. In racing guise, the engine offered 385 horsepower in a vehicle that weighed just 2,000 pounds - or about 500 less than the Corvette. On February 2nd of 1963, Dave MacDonald outpaced a field of Corvettes, Jaguars, Porches, and Maseratis with a Shelby Cobra. Every red-blooded sports car aficionado in the USA was now in search of the Shelby Cobra.

One purchaser of a Cobra was J. Randy Hilton, of Carmel, California. He was an active privateer racing-team owner in America's top-level SCCA racing classes during the 1960s. He purchased CSX2290 which was originally built as a 'street' 289 Cobra and equipped with the Class 'A' option package, including white sidewall tires, a luggage rack, five chrome wheels, and anti-freeze. The car was billed to Shelby American on January 24, 1963 and on February 5, it was shipped to Los Angeles, California on the SS Diemerdyk. Though Mr. Hilton purchased the Cobra via Monterey, California's Leslie Motors, he elected to pick it up directly from the Shelby American facilities at Riverside instead.

Shortly after taking possession of CSX2290, Mr. Hilton returned the Cobra to Shelby American for conversion into an all-out SCCA A-Production racing car. Upon completion, the Cobra was re-invoiced to Mr. Hilton on June 4th of 1964 for an additional $5,478.47 over the original cost of the car. The conversion work included a 289 Cobra racing engine, numbered D 103, a complete 4.09:1 differential assembly, 6.5-inch front and 8.5-inch rear FIA-type Halibrand six-spoke wheels, two front and two rear sway bars, a small racing windscreen, and four sets of front and rear brake pads. Finished in red with white racing stripes, the Cobra was further modified with rounded front and rear fender flares, brake-cooling scoops, a hood scoop, a roll bar, and side-exit exhaust pipes.

CSX2290 is listed in the latest Shelby American Registry as a 'full specification competition model' and is one of only 12 factory-prepared Cobras that were shipped to independent racers outside of the factory team.

CSX2290 was driven in SCCA A-Production races during the 1964 season by Charlie 'Chuck' Parsons. His success in the 1964 season earned him an invite to the ARRC Run-Offs.

Monte Shelton became the cars next owner in March of 1965. Mr. Shelton drove the car in multiple competitive events, including a A-Production Class victory and First Overall at the Portland, Oregon SCCA Nationals in August of 1965. In September and November, a third-place podium and a first in A-Production were earned, respectively, at the Vaca Valley SCCA national events. After the 1965 racing season, the Cobra was advertised for sale and subsequently purchased by David Phelan, who raced the car through 1966 and also earned an invite to the ARRC Run-Offs. California's Dan Harper acquired the car after it had been repainted Guardsman Blue, and three more owners followed until February 1988, when the next owner, Chicago's Tom Snelback, bought CSX 2290. Mr. Snelback commissioned a restoration which was completed in 1991. The work included bringing the car back to its circa 1964 livery and specifications, as it was raced by Chuck Parsons for Randy Hilton.

The Cobra was displayed at the Shelby Reunion during the 1997 Monterey Historics. It was featured in print in the December 1997 edition of Motor Trend. In 2001, the car joined the collection of Ross Meyers, of Worcester, PA, who competed with it in the 2003 Monterey Historics and showed it in 2005 at New York's Saratoga Automobile Museum, where it formed part of the 'Ford Connection' display. It was also depicted in The Shelby American (Number 74, page 57).

Two more owners would care for the car before coming into the care of its current owner. The latest owner has used the car in many historic racing events.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Monterey, CA sale. The car was estimated to sell for $1,200,000 - $1,400,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $1,320,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2558
 
This is the 16th of the 16 'Cutback' door, 289 cubic-inch USRRC & FIA race cars. Note the fender flairs and larger rear fenders to accommodate larger tires. The car has the original 289 competition engine with four-Weber carburetors generating 400 horsepower. The current owner changed the dash and instruments along with the driver's seat.

Team USRRC car was driven by Tom Payne to several 1st place finishes. The car is alleged to be the most original 'cutback door' Cobra in existence.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2473
 
Sold for $1,237,500 at 2006 RM Auctions.
This 1964 Shelby Cobra 'B' Production Racing car is the 'winningest' Cobra in History. It was invoiced to Shelby America on 6/10/1964 and carried the chassis number CSX 2473. It was sent to Los Angeles on the SS American Princess on June 23rd. Its first owner was a Shelby employee named James Findley who purchased the car for $3,778. In 1965 he had the car painted black with white Le Mans stripes. He added a 6.5-inch and 8.5-inch Halibrands, flared fenders, side pipes, quick-life jacks, hood scoop, and a roll-bar.

With a little more preparation the vehicle was ready for competition in 1966. It was raced in 1966 and 1967 competition, such as hill climbs, SCCA AutoCross trials, and road racing events. The car and driver were now ready for Regional and National 'B' Production racing.

During the 1967 and 1968 season the car was driven by Don Roberts and scored 25 'BP' 1st place finishes, including 14 fist overalls. It wore number 89 and was sponsored by Watkins Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona. After winning the SCCA 'B' Production title the car was invited to compete in the ARRC (American Road Race of Champions) where it took first place. This meant that the car and driver were the fastest in the Nation.

At the conclusion of the 1968 season, the car was sold to Bob Rodgers of San Francisco. He went on to qualify for the ARRC in 1969 and 1970. CSX 2473 was re-purchased by Don Roberts in 1972 and continued to race the vehicle. He returned to the SCCA run-offs after winning his Nationals. While traveling in first place, he spun out. After some viscous struggling he was able to work his way back into second place.

The Cobra was again sold to ted Laverack of Salem, Oregon. It was sold to Larry Less of California in 1979. Later, Roberts bought it back, this being his third time. He and his partner, Jere Clark and Dave Walters, entered the vehicle in vintage competition.

At the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, Ca the Cobra was estimated to sell between $950,000-$1,250,000. At the conclusion of the bidding, the vehicle was sold for $1,237,500.

It is estimated that CSX 2473 won more than 30 National, Regional and Hillclimb races sanctioned by the SCCA.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2541
 
Sold for $577,500 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
This A.C. Shelby Cobra with a 289 Cubic-inch V8 engine was completed by Shelby American in October of 1964. It was painted in white with red interior which it still wears today. Holman & Moody transported CSX2541 to Lynch-Davidson Ford in Jacksonville, Florida. It was then delivered to its new owner, Joe LaRose. He retained the car until his death in 1999.

The car was a daily driver and never raced, abused or modified. It still retains the Hi-Po 289 engine, 4-speed transmission, Autolite carburetor and cast iron intake manifold. It has a rack-and-pinion steering, Stewart Warner gauges, six-inch wire wheels, side vents, and Ford electrics.

Mark Winkleman became the cars next caregiver who gave it a cosmetic restoration.

In 2007 the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California where it was estimated to sell for $550,000 - $650,000. Those estimates proved accurate as the lot was sold for $577,500 including buyer's premium.

The A.C Cobra cars are among the most memorable and recognizable cars in history. Their original designs can be traced back to the Touring bodied Barchetta's that clothed Ferrari's 166 and 225 Spyders. That bodystyle would become highly duplicated throughout the years, with the first being the one-off Cooper-MG raced by automobile dealer Cliff David. John Tojiero had conceived the ladder frame with independent leaf-spring suspension and Eric Hall and Bill Rich had clothed the car in the Barchetta-style body.

The one-off was successful in racing, and Davis urged Tojiero to mass-produce the cars. Instead, Tojiero licensed the design to the Hurlock family of A.C. in Thames Dutton. Soon, the two-liter, six-cylinder versions bearing A.C. badges were in production. Dubbed the A.C. Ace, they were an immediate success. A few years later, a Bristol engine became available which improved the vehicles performance.

In the early 1960s, Bristol announced it would discontinue its engine. A Chevrolet V8 unit served as a replacement, and later a 2.6-liter Ford six provided ample power to excite drivers and on-lookers. A long-term solution was found when Texan-based Carroll Shelby dropped a lightweight Ford V8 engine into the engine bay and took it racing. The 260 cid, then 289 cid, and finally the 427 version made the Cobra legendary.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
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This 289 Cobra, Known affectionately as the 'dirt-bag,' was bought by Fred Offenhauser, of the engine-making family, in 1967. He never used the car much and it was put away under a tarpaulin in 1975 with just 33,000 miles on the clock. It stayed hidden and un-loved until 1999 when it was acquired by Cobra aficionado Lynn Park. After some heavy-duty cleaning and engine fettling, the Cobra was rescued. It remains in unrestored condition. The AC Cobra was the brainchild of Carroll Shelby, and this Mark III model has the 4.7-liter Ford V8 in the modified AC Ace built in Thames Ditton, England, and finished in the Shelby workshop in Los Angeles. Over 1,000 Cobras were built by Shelby between 1962 and 1965.
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Chassis Num: CSX2171
 
This AC Cobra 289 was billed to Shelby American on August 28, 1963, and left the United Kingdom bound for the United States on September 12, 1963, aboard the SS Dongedyk. Chassis 2171 was billed to Marion Willey & Son Ford of Bountiful, Utah, on November 15, 1963, with all Class 'A' accessories, including a luggage rack and WSW tires. It was purchased new by E.U. Jacobs of Utah and remained in his possession until August of 1969 when it was sold to Dr. Brent Christiansen of Salt Lake City. He drove the car sparingly until the late 1970s when he decided to take it off the road. Tired of people trying to buy the car from him every time the garage door was left open, Christiansen enclosed the car behind a wall under a suspended Model A Ford in his garage. It remained behind the wall until early 2007 when it was pulled from the garage by Christiansen's son and sold to the current owner.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2289
 
Sold for $610,500 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
This 1964 AC Cobra 289 has the chassis number CSX 2289. The C is for the AC Ace Mark III, the S stands for Shelby and the X for export, left-hand drive. This car was imported into the United States by Carroll Shelby and used as a demonstrator and PR car. It was sold in 1965 to its second owner, who in turn sold it in the early 1970s. It was then stored away in a shed in Santa Maria, California, where it rested for 33 years unit its current owner acquired it and rejuvenated it.
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Chassis Num: CSX2384
 
CSX2384 was purchased new by Raymond T. Fagg, Sr. from Andy Clark Ford in Bluefield, WV, where Mr. Fagg worked as a technician. It was delivered with the optional hardtop, radio, luggage rack and painted wheels. He used the car some in the first years that he owned it, and then put it in storage and driving it occasionally. Mr. Fagg, Sr. gave the car to his son, Raymond before he passed away only a couple of years ago. Ray, Jr. kept the car in a heated garage inside an inflated plastic bubble. In 2011, after a year of discussion, he finally agreed to let the car leave the family and Bluefield for the first time since 1964. The Cobra had only been driven 9,075 miles.

CSX2384 still has its original options, including the complete original tool kit. Shelley jack, jack handles, grease gun, etc. The car is complete with its original components as when it left the Shelby Princeton Avenue facility, including the original Princeton Avenue key fob.

All that has been done recently are items normally needed to bring the car back to original and safe running order - a little cleaning, tuning and replaced a nut-and-bolt here and there. Even though it did not come this way, the decision was left to leave the modified exhaust the way Mr. Fagg liked it in the sixties.
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Chassis Num: CSX2433
 
This 1964 AC Cobra 289 Competition was offered for sale at the 2007 Blackhawk Collection Exhibit held at the Pebble Beach Concours. It carried a price tag of $650,000.

This vehicles original color was Vineyard green wîth the interior being black. The original wheels measured six-inches and were painted wires. The Shelby American Registry write up was completed on 5/11/64 and shipped to L.A. Via boat. Owned by Brooke Perkins '67 and SCCA-raced. Possibly also owned and raced by Dodge Olmstead (Arlington, VA). Purchased by Dave Johnson/White Tiger Racing (Milwaukee, WI) and converted back to street. Purchased by Dan Schott (Oshkosh,WI) and converted back to race. Purchased by Steve Mondloch (WI) '75. Restored by Mondloch and finished '81 ; black/black, Webers, internally-widened wheel wells, race 289 engine, 7-in./8-in. chrome wires. Owned by wife Patsy Mondloch.

Source - Blackhawk Collection
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Chassis Num: CSX 2433
 
The AC Cars second generation Mark II cars were produced from 1963 to 1965. This example was a left-hand drive, Ford engine car designed for export. The cars carried the designation CSX and began with serial #2000 making this the 433rd produced. In early 1963 the steering rack was borrowed from MGB and the steering column from the VW Beetle. AC had already made the modifications for the small block V-8.

Before the introduction of the '427' the '289' was the standard bearer for Cobra in America. The '289' dominated USRRC with only one loss in three years of racing.

CSX 2433 began as a Vineyard Green street configuration. Having changed hands and configuration several times, the present owners had it taken down to component level and restored it as a true 1964 competition Cobra.
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Chassis Num: CSX2472
 
A Shelby American work order assigned CSX2472 as 'Cobra Team Race Car #2472' but the car was not completed and went into storage. In the spring of 1965 Ed Hugus of Continental Cars, Pittsburgh, PA requested completion to modified Stage II Dragonsnake specification. Hugus was not happy with the finished car and 'negotiations' took place to resolve the issues, among which was the need of a complete re-paint. First used as a street car, then race car, and after various sales, it found its way into the caring hands of its current owner.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2398
 
From 1962 through 1965, around 580 Cobra 289s were assembled in the United States. The bodies were built by the AC factory in the United Kingdom before being shipped to Shelby American's Southern California factory. In its first competition outings, the car proved to be durable, quick, and extremely capable. The Cobras - in 260, 289 and 427 versions - went on to achieve tremendous racing success. Many Cobras were never raced and this example, CSX2398, is one such car.
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Chassis Num: CSX2345
 
This Cobra, chassis number CSX2345, was the last of the original five 289 roadsters built specifically for competition in the 1964 and 1965 FIA Manufacturers Championship. It was the only one of the five to race that season, and it is the only one of the five to race that season, and it is the only FIA Cobra to have survived completely intact. It has six first place FIA wins to its credit. With the Cobra Daytona coupes, it won the World Manufacturers Championship for America in 1965. It has been driven by Phil Hill, Bob Bondurant, Roy Salvadori, Sir John Whitmore and Jochen Neerpasch.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2381
 
CSX2381 was originally invoiced by Shelby American to the Lynch Davidson Ford dealership of Jacksonville, Florida on August 16, 1964. The retail list price for this car was a surprising $5,914.55.

The car remains in its original color combination of silver with red leather interior. It has its original drive train, including the optional dual four-barrel carburetors.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2497
 
CSX 2497 is a factory documented Stage I Cobra with full competition engine. It left the factory finished in red with a black interior. It was billed to Shelby American 6-25-64 and shipped to (L.A.) aboard the 'SS Loch Avon' and invoiced on 9-14-64 to Pete Oatesse Motors (Erie P.A.). The car was shipped to PA via T.W.A. air freight. Oatess Motors apparently lost the buyer for whom the car was ordered. CSX 2497 was returned to Shelby American minus the air freight charges.

On 6-21-65 Herb Tousley Ford (white Bear Lake MN) ordered a 289 Stage I Cobra. CSX 2497 was chosen to fill the request. Work order 13283 was signed by Jim Benavides 7/28/65. Install full competition R Model Engine, with single high riser 715 C.F.M. carburetor, Cobra scatter shield, chrome roll bar, oil cooler, Ray Dot racing mirror, American Mag Wheels, with 7.75 x 15 High Performance Blue Dot tires, radio, and Group A accessories. CSX 2497 has participated in 1 or 2 Cobra tours per year.
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Chassis Num: CSX 2431
 
CSX2431 was raced exclusively by Ken Miles for the 1964 and 1965 Pensacola USRRC season. The car was a development car for the 1964-65 Cobra team cars including the Daytona Coupes. Constant testing, development, and modifying of the car continued into the 1965 season. Work included helm joint a-arms, sway bars, and 289 Weber manifold setup. The car was always driven with the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) crest on the center of each door.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2326
 
This Shelby Cobra, chassis number CSX2326, was purchased by the current owner in 1976, then sold in 1978. It was re-purchased in 1981. In 1992, it was converted to vintage racing trim and FIA-style rear fenders were installed.

The car is powered by a Ford 306 cubic-inch engine fitted with a single Holley 4-barrel carburetor. The transmission is a Super T-10 unit.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2013
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2223
 
It all began quietly enough. Back in 1903, Weller of Britain began building utilitarian three-wheeled delivery vehicles with little fanfare. Soon they became Auto Carrier, Ltd. and eventually AC Cars Group, Ltd. One thing led to another and in 1953 AC introduced the Ace as a two seat sports coupe.

Carroll Shelby was a driver before he was a car builder: talented, successful, winning on the world's elite circuits. Driving Allards brought fame; hot-shoeing Aston Martins brought the glory; winning the 24 Hours of Lemans in 1959. Though poor health ended his driving, Carroll aspired to build his own car anyway; one that would, 'outrun Corvettes and Ferraris.' And he did. With an AC chassis and Ford V8, the AC Cobra was born. The CSX2223 code reveals this as the 223rd Cord created. The original owner was an Ohio doctor and SCCA racer who owned the car for 47 years. Many of its miles were accumulated traveling to his beloved Mid-Ohio where he was also the track medic.

When the current owner bought it from 16 years of storage, rather than restore it he chose to keep it untouched and original. It still has the original spare tire, side curtains, tonneau and tool kit. The doctor had also fabricated a trunk shelf for his medical supplies. They were still there when it was removed from storage. Today this remains one of the few Cobras that is unrestored.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2219
 
This Cobra 289 was first delivered painted red, with black interior with Class A accessories installed, namely aluminum rocker covers, WSW tires and a luggage rack via 'air collect' in Dallas, Texas to Kenray Ford's customer. Reportedly it was raced in SCCA events through the 1960s, painted blue and sold in 1970 to Pennsylvania. Its body was then modified with flares, chrome side pipes, and more, re-painted white with a copper stripe and a Chevrolet Corvette 427 L88 motor installed with side vent badging to match. In 2007 restoration brought the car back to its original shape and specification.
Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2430
 
High bid of $1,300,000 at 2009 Mecum. (did not sell)
Sold for $1,485,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $1,952,160 (1,176,000) at 2014 RM Auctions.
Tom Payne placed an order for a red Shelby Cobra that was approved on June 18th of 1964 by Jacques Passino, vice president of Ford Motor Company Special Vehicle Division. That June, Shelby American Inc. (SAI) began to build CSX2430 into a factory-specification competition car. The modifications mirrored those of the team cars and included a hood scoop, a chrome roll bar, 6.5-inch Halibrand front wheels, 8.5-inch Halibrand rear wheels, flared fenders, modified wheel wells, Koni shock absorbers, front and rear sway bars, front and rear competition brakes with coil-air scoops, quick jack points, side pipes, dual long range fuel tanks, 3.5-inch Monza snap-open fuel cap, a racing seat, a Sun tachometer, a fuel pressure gauge (in place of a clock), a differential cooler and engine oil cooler, an electric Stewart Warner fuel pump, a cross-mounted aluminum Harrison header tank, and a full race-spec 289 with Webers, 12:1 compression, and a 9-quart oil pan.

On July 30th of 1964, the car was flown to Detroit for delivery. The Competition Roadster was billed to the Ford Motor Company for $9,250 plus delivery. It remained the property of Ford and was subsequently run as a SAI factory-sponsored car. Upon delivery to Payne, the new Cobra was put to immediate use and saw its first outing just two days later. Sadly, the car failed to finish that weekend at the Lynndale Farms SCCA Divisional.

The following weekend, the car took 3rd in the manufacturers' class at Meadowdale. This result was repeated at the USRRC event at Mid-Ohio on August 30th. Nearly a month later, Payne raced it at the Greenwood SCCA Divisional, taking home 1st in A Production.

During the 1964 Speed Week in the Bahamas, Payne raced the car as part of the SAI team. Payne finished 5th overall and 2nd in GT in the Tourist Trophy Race. He finished 9th overall in the Governor's Trophy Race; and finally, in the Trophy race, the he finished 25th overall and 1st in their respective GT grouping.

The first race for the car during the 1965 season was at Mont Tremblant where Payne won 1st in GT. The following month, SAI team drivers Dan Gerber and Tom Yeager ran the Cobra at the USRRC Road America 500 earning 33rd overall and 5th in GT. At the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, Payne finished 11th overall. At Mont Tremblant he finished 7th overall. From there, it raced at Nassau, where Bob Grossman drove the Cobra to 5th overall and 1st in GT in that year's Trophy race.

In 1966, Ford sold the Competition Cobra to John 'Scotty' Addison who raced the car that season in SCCA competition before selling it. For the 1967 season, Dan Schlames was the new owner and had it painted yellow. It was also fitted with a full-width roll-bar in red to match the now red side pipes. The car was raced in several local Michigan SCCA events. It would remain in Mr. Schlames care for over a decade before it was offered for sale. Around 1980 it was purchased by Ken Eber of Armonk, New York. It remained in Mr. Eber's care for two years before it was sold to Rick Nagel of Dallas for the sum of $70,000. Mr. Nagel returned the car to its original red appearance and raced the car with some success. In 1984, at the Texas vintage Challenge, he drove the car to an overall victory. Later that year, Carroll Shelby was given the Competition Roadster to drive at the Texas Can-Am Challenge, potentially marking the last time Shelby drove a race car in competition. It set a lap record at the vintage races in Kansas City and achieved three more wins at regional SCCA races in 1984 and 1985.

In 1985, Steven Volk purchased the car. Volk commissioned Bill Murray of Longmount, Colorado, to restore the Tom Payne Cobra. During the work, the car was finished with the intent that it could be vintage raced if desired. It was given a five point harness, a more modern fuel delivery system, a fuel cell, an updated exhaust system, and adjustable A arms. Upon completion of the work, the car was put on display at the Shelby American Collection where it stayed until 2010 when it was acquired by the current owner. Since that time it has seen limited use and has been properly maintained.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
The formula for the success of the Cobra came through a man named Carroll Shelby adapting a powerful Ford engine into a nimble, British sports car.

A.C. Cars of Thames Ditton in Surrey, England had been producing the Ace since 1954. It was designed by John Tojeiro and featured an independent suspension by transverse leaf springs. The tubular frame body of the vehicle took its styling cues from Ferrari. The original engine used in the Ace was a 1991 cc, over-head-cam engine designed by John Weller, the founder of AC, in the 1920s. In 1956, an optional Bristol engine became available. This was a BMW derived, 1971 cc six-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 125 horsepower. With the Bristol engine, the Ace captured many victories on the race tracks around the world. It even won the SCCA Class E championship three years in a row.

In 1959, Bristol ceased its six-cylinder engine production. When Bristol stopped supplying A.C. with the engine, the production of the Ace ceased. Carroll Shelby quickly negotiated a deal where A.C. would supply him with the chassis. Now all Shelby needed was an appropriate engine. In 1961, Ford introduced the 221 cubic-inch small block engine. This was a new lightweight, thin wall-cast, V8 engine that produced 164 horsepower. Shelby approached Ford about the use of the engine for the 2-seat sports car. Ford agrees.

In February of 1962, a 260 HiPo engine and Borg-Warner four-speed manual gearbox was fitted into the aluminum-bodied Cobras. The AC Shelby Ford Cobra was complete.

In April of 1962, the first Cobra with chassis CSX 2000 was painted yellow and shipped to the New York Auto Show where it appeared on the Ford display. The vehicle was an instant success and attracted much attention. Orders came faster than Shelby could build. The prototype CSX 2000 was continuously being repainted for magazine reviews. The purpose was to create an illusion that more Cobras existed.

In 1963 the engine size increased to 289 cubic-inches. Rack-and-pinion steering was added to the vehicle.

Two Cobras were entered into the grueling 24-Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Carroll Shelby himself drove one of the vehicles. Ford had refused to provide an engine so Shelby, with the help of A.C. cars and Ed Hugus, prepare the cars. One of the Cobras managed to capture a seventh place finish, a major accomplishment.

Dan Gurney became the first American driver to win an FIA race in an American car when he won the Bridgehampton 500KM race in September of 1963 while driving a Cobra.

In 1964, the Cobra returned to LeMans where it finished fourth overall and first in the GT class.

Near the end of 1964, the Cobra 427 was unveiled to the press. If featured a new tubular, aluminum body, coil spring chassis, and a 427 cubic-inch, 425 horsepower engine. The car was able to go from zero to 100 mph and back to zero in less than 14 seconds.

In 1967, the last 427 Cobra was built and in 1968, the last 427 Cobra was sold by Carroll Shelby.

Ford had shifted their resources to the new GT40 and modified Mustang programs. In 1966, three GT-40 Mark II's crossed the finish line at Le Mans capturing first, second, and third.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010
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