1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster / CSX 2188 Vehicle Information

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

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Sold for $1,155,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
The first V-8 Carroll Shelby fitted into the AC chassis was a 221 cubic-inch unit. This was followed by a 260 cubic-inch engine, then a 289 CID, and finally the 427 CID. The 289 CID V8 offered 306 brake horsepower resulting in the perfect balance of handling and raw power.

This particular example was originally invoiced to Broad Motors Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 16th of 1963. It was painted white with a red interior, and equipped with aluminum rocker covers and rode on whitewall tires. In the back was a luggage rack. The original owner was Jay Hughes who purchased it from Broad Motors. Mr. Hughes, a used car dealer based in York, Pennsylvania, was also the sub-distributor for Cobras for Broad Motors at the time. It is believed that he did not re-sell the car but rather kept it for his personal use. It was later sold to Tim Grumbacher who kept the car for about a year before trading it back to Hughes who once again sold it, this time to Byron Wilt. It remained in Pennsylvania for the following decade. During that time, it was used at one point as a drag-racer by John Caruso. To keep it competitive, it was given minor modifications including an aftermarket roll bar, Weber carburetors, Belanger Drag headers, a Hurst shifter, and drag radials on custom rear wheels. Mr. Caruso sold the car in 1971 to Christopher B. Klein, who painted the car maroon and had it returned to its original street configuration by 1975. The car passed through Bill Collins of Harrisburg in 1979.

Interestingly, while the car was offered for sale, several parts were stolen. A friend of Mr. Collins later found the parts at a swap meet, stilling wearing the maroon color with the original white paint underneath. Mr. Collins the purchased all the parts back, including the original grille, seats, hood, doors, and rear deck lid. Soon after acquiring the parts, Collins began a restoration, but was unable to finish the project. It was later sold to Dave Wagner of Detroit, Michigan, who finished the restoration.

The car is currently finished in black-over-red leather with matching red Wilton wool carpeting. It has chrome wire wheels with Michelin X radials, sun visors, wind wings, its original top, a tonneau cover, side curtains, a proper grease gun, a jack, and a spare wheel in the trunk. The interior features correct Smiths gauges, a correct Rotunda tachometer, a rare original clock, and an original AC wood-rimmed steering wheel and optional heater.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016


2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $950,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,155,000

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2095
Sold for USD$682,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby 260 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2047
Sold for USD$577,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2135
Sold for USD$962,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra 'CSX 2075'
Chassis#: CSX 2075
Sold for USD$803,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2082
Sold for USD$615,328
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2188
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 AC Shelby Cobra Mk II 289
Chassis#: CSX2023
Sold for USD$850,000
  2015 Rick Cole Monterey
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster
Chassis#: CSX2135
Sold for USD$1,000,000
  2015 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2147
Sold for USD$990,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster
Chassis#: CSX2135
Sold for USD$885,000
  2014 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Sold for USD$825,000
  2014 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2044
Sold for USD$924,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby AC Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2034
Sold for USD$2,068,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2121
Sold for USD$935,000
  2013 RM - The Don Davis Collection
 
1963 Shelby Cobra
Sold for USD$533,500
  2013 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2048
Sold for USD$522,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II
Chassis#: CSX 2167
Sold for USD$627,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Factory Team Car
Chassis#: CSX2129
Sold for USD$2,585,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
Chassis#: CSX2096
Sold for USD$490,000
  2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction - 24th Year
 
1963 SHELBY COBRA
Sold for USD$467,500
  2011 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Shelby Cobra 289's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra RoadsterCSX21952020 Mecum : Indy$800,000$850,000$975,000
1963 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 21952019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $725,000$900,000
1963 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 20952018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $850,000$950,000
1963 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 21492018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $1,000,000$1,200,000
1963 SHELBY COBRA CSX2177 ROADSTERCSX21772018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1963 SHELBY COBRA 289CSX21192014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,300,000$1,500,000
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster CSX 2121CSX 21212012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$585,000  
1963 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 21972011 RM Auctions at Monterey$540,000$575,000$675,000
1963 Shelby Cobra RoadsterCSX21212009 Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction 22nd Year$525,000  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$790,000$1,000,000$1,400,000
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $525,000$600,000

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1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  
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1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  
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1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  1963 Shelby Cobra 289 vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2044
Engine Num: 3011B-524

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2119
Engine Num: 1296

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1964 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2271
Engine Num: 3161

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1964 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2328
Engine Num: PA4539

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2414
Engine Num: 5108
Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2421
Engine Num: PA 5044

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX 2514
Engine Num: 055

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2524
Engine Num: BP7777

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2538
Engine Num: 00041

Chassis information for the Shelby Cobra 289
1965 Roadster
Chassis Num: CSX2570
Engine Num: 00034

1963 Shelby Cobra 289

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