This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 sports car took 12 years to restore

This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 sports car took 12 years to restore


Every Shelby Cobra is special, but some are a bit more special, and the one we’re talking about here is that. It is a very rare 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 used by Ford for exhibition and performance purposes. It will be auctioned at the Mecum Auction’s Indy 2020 in June, and it is also one of 580 units ever built during 1965.

In front of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

In front of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

More specifically, the Shelby Cobra has a CSX2195 chassis that has been specifically ordered by Ford for promotional events. Finished in Guardsman Blue with a black interior, the car has a classic look with design lines and equipment from a bygone era. Overall, the car brings an elegant, classy feel to the looker. Under the hood, the car is fitted with a Ford 289 V8 engine producing 271 hp and 423 Nm of torque, all passed to the rear wheel via a 4-speed manual gearbox.

The side of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

The side of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

When Ford finished building the car in 1964, they sold it to the first owner, who repainted it to yellow and took it to drag race. Several of its subsequent owners also participated in drag racing, but it was retired more than 30 years ago. Then it fell asleep in a private collection from 1985 until last year. In 2006, the seller began making a decision that then turned into a 12-year restoration project. It’s unclear what the total cost is, but the results here say it all.

Behind the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

Behind the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

Every part of the classic sports car has been restored, from the standard paint colors, the interior and exhaust system, to the carburetor Weber. Even this car comes with papers signed by the legendary Carroll Shelby and he wrote “Chassis CSX2195” on his signature.

The interior of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

The interior of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

Not every original Shelby Cobra has gone through many races like this one, but the restoration has cleverly erased almost every trace. Unfortunately, we do not know how much this rare car is expected to be auctioned off, but the previous ones used to fetch at least a few hundred thousand dollars, and could climb to over $ 1 million.

Engine system of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

Engine system of the Shelby Cobra 289 1963

Nearly 60 years ago, people could buy a sports car like this for $ 5,995, equivalent to $ 50,500 today. Therefore, we can see how the value of rare and classic cars will change over time.

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