1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster / CSX2290 Chassis Information

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 photograph

1964 Shelby Cobra 2891964 Shelby Cobra 2891964 Shelby Cobra 2891964 Shelby Cobra 289
Roadster
Chassis #: CSX2290
Sold for $1,320,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - Monterey.
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 The company's John Tojeiro-designed Ace roadster had been a competitive racer for several years, but the outdated BMW two-liter, six-cylinder was in need of modernization.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.

2012 RM Auctions - Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,400,000 
Sale Price :
$1,320,000

2019 2
2018 2
2017 3
2016 3
2015 4
2014 1
2013 4
2012 3
2011 3
2010 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$882,250$1,050,0002
2018$1,409,645$1,774,2902
2017$1,096,333$1,100,0003
2016$1,120,167$1,320,0003
2015$1,013,375$1,155,0004
2014$1,952,160$1,952,1601
2013$1,013,625$1,485,0004
2012$467,475$1,320,0003
2011$521,167$610,5003
2010$699,167$1,595,0003

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1964 sales)
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2210
Sold for $714,500
  2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2246
Sold for $1,050,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster
Chassis#: CSX 2430
Sold for $1,774,290
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2271
Sold for $1,045,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
 
1964 Shelby 289 'Lindauer Cobra'
Chassis#: CSX 2344
Sold for $1,100,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289
Chassis#: CSX2328
Sold for $1,089,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2411
Sold for $1,100,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra 'CSX 2326'
Chassis#: CSX 2326
Sold for $968,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2433
Sold for $1,320,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2561
Sold for $1,072,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2208
Sold for $902,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2390
Sold for $1,155,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2436
Sold for $979,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289
Chassis#: CSX2570
Sold for $1,017,500
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra
Chassis#: CSX 2430
Sold for $1,952,160
  2014 RM Auctions - London
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster
Chassis#: CSX2430
Sold for $1,485,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2393
Sold for $819,500
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2487
Sold for $925,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Monterey
 
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Sold for $825,000
  2013 Auctions America - California
 
1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra
Chassis#: CSX2290
Sold for $1,320,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  1964 Shelby Cobra 289 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1964 Shelby Cobra 289's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1964 Shelby Cobra 289CSX 23282019 Bonhams : Amelia Island $900,000$1,100,000
1964 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 22162018 RM Sothebys : The Petersen Automotive Museum $850,000$950,000
1964 Shelby Cobra 289CSX 23282018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,100,000$1,300,000
1964 Shelby 289 CobraCSX 23112017 RM Sothebys : London $775,000$900,000
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra CSX 2216CSX 22162016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall$700,000$825,000$875,000
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra CSX 2473CSX 24732016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $2,200,000$2,600,000
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1964 SHELBY COBRA REPLICA 2012 McCormicks Palm Springs Auction 52$30,000  
1964 Shelby Cobra USRRC RoadsterCSX25572010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island$1,275,000$1,500,000$1,900,000
1964 Shelby 427 Cobra Flip-Top RoadsterCSX21962010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$1,450,000  
1964 Shelby Cobra Era Replica 2009 Mecum Kansas City Auction$41,000  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX2430CSX24302009 Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction 22nd Year$1,300,000  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289CSX22422008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction$510,000  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289CSX22712008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction   

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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: 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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