1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans Roadster / CSX 2136 Chassis Information

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: CSX 2136
Sold for $1,650,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island.
Carroll Shelby wanted to bring the FIA's World Manufacturers Championship home to the United States. The Cobra was simple. It was lightweight and attractive with an independent suspension and a reliable 260 cubic-inch V8 Ford engine.

During 1962 and 1963 the Shelby Cobra was tested, modified, and improved. Its weaknesses and shortcomings were identified and fixed. Larger tires sent more power to the ground and improved cornering but it also identified that the transverse leaf spring suspension was inadequate. The more improvements brought about greater speeds and the need for better stopping power.

The Cobra was proving itself on the racing circuit, with great speed and reliability being shown at Daytona and Sebring. Carroll turned his sights on the 24 Heures du Mans race. Two vehicles were constructed specifically for this grueling 24 hour endurance race that not only tests the team and the drivers, but also the car. A 37 gallon fuel tank with a high capacity fuel filler and quick release were adapted to the cars. The fender flares were enlarged and the prior wheels were replaced in favor of Dunlop magnesium wheels. The 'FIA' hood scoop and side vents were enlarged which allowed more air to the engine and improved cooling. A roll cage was added to provide safety for the driver. Though the engine was already highly modified, four Weber dual choke downdraft carburetors provided extra power.

The Cobras were entered by AC Cars and managed by Stirling Moss. Drivers Peter Bolton and Ninian Sanderson drove the cars to a respectable 7th place overall and 3rd in the GT category. In response to this success, six more Cobra's were commissioned to be built and dubbed the Le Mans version.

CSX 2136 was one of the first of these commemorative LeMans Cobra's to be built. It was constructed to compete throughout the remaining 1963 SCCA/US Road Racing Championship season. It was raced on September 8th at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Driven by Dave MacDonald and Bob Bondurant, it finished fourth overall and first in its class. A month later it finished 3rd in the GT class at the Los Angeles Times GT race and driven by Spencer. A few weeks later MacDonald navigated CSX 2136 to a second place overall victory at the Hawaiian GP. On December 8th, 1963, CSX 2136 served its final duties in SCCA/USRRC racing competition, driven by Frank Gardner to a first in class at the Nassau Trophy Race.

Ed Leslie purchased the car from the Shelby Team and raced it extensively during the 1964 season. He raced in the SCCA A/Production class, winning seven of the eleven races he entered.

It was sold to Foster Alexander who continued its racing history during the 1965 season. One of the more prominent races and victories for Alexander with the Cobra was at the ARRC National championship finale at Daytona where he skillfully navigated the car to an impressive third overall and first in class.

The car was later sold to Lee Midgley and Stan Bennett who continued to race CSX 2136.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2007

2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,600,000-$2,000,000 
Sale Price :
$1,650,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans
Chassis#: CSX 2136
Sold for $1,650,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891963 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2044
Engine Num: 3011B-524
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891963 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2119
Engine Num: 1296
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891964 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2271
Engine Num: 3161
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891964 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2328
Engine Num: PA4539
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2414
Engine Num: 5108
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2421
Engine Num: PA 5044
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2514
Engine Num: 055
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2524
Engine Num: BP7777
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2538
Engine Num: 00041
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 2891965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2570
Engine Num: 00034


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