1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034
Lot 134
Single-family ownership from new until 2011
1964 Shelby Cobra 289
Sold for US$ 1,017,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034 1964 Shelby Cobra 289  Chassis no. CSX2570 Engine no. 00034
1964 Shelby Cobra 289

Chassis no. CSX2570
Engine no. 00034


289ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Carburetor
306bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Very well-kept Cobra retaining original body, chassis and drivetrain
*Desirable late-production, rack-and-pinion, 289 powered example
*Single-family ownership from new until 2011
*Presented in the originally delivered Princess Blue over Red livery
*Offered with impressive history file



THE SHELBY COBRA

The Shelby Cobra story is quite well known, although depending who you ask, people tell it differently. A.C. Cars, Ltd., was a boutique British automaker whose heritage descended from 1908. Originally makers of small delivery vehicles (the initials came from Auto Carrier), the company got into sports cars in the 1920s. After World War II, there was a sports car hiatus while the company built some invalid cars, but in 1954 the Ace debuted, a new tube-frame car with all-independent suspension by John Tojeiro. From 1956, A.C.'s own engines were supplemented with outsourced units from Bristol and Ford of England.

Meanwhile, Carroll Shelby, a chicken farmer turned racing driver, approached A.C. about putting American V8s into the Ace chassis. Shelby had initially been interested in Chevrolet's small block engine, but General Motors turned him down, no doubt because of concerns over competition for the Corvette. A.C.'s Charles Hurlock expressed interest in the proposition, and shortly thereafter, in October 1961, Shelby learned of Ford's new small block V8, slated for introduction in the 1962 intermediate Fairlane model. Ford was more than eager to do business for the exact reasons that Chevrolet declined.

An example of the new engine was sent to England, where A.C. found it an easy fit, in part because of their experience with the British Ford six. This prototype chassis, number CSX2000, was then shipped to the United States, sans engine. The first 75 Cobras, a name that reportedly came to Shelby in a dream, were built with 260 cubic inch high-performance Ford engines. The later cars used the 289 cubic inch unit with similar high performance upgrades. The Ace's differential had been uprated to a stronger Salisbury unit, as used in E-Type Jaguars, and the steering box, a worm-and-sector design, was moved outward to clear the engine. Disc brakes were used all around.

Production ramped up slowly during 1962, and in October the first competition Cobra contested the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix. It retired with a broken hub, but not until showing the Corvettes that it would be a force to be reckoned with. Toward the end of the year, A.C.'s chief engineer, Alan Turner, redesigned the front end to take a more precise rack-and-pinion steering arrangement. The new chassis became effective early in 1963 with car CSX2126.

Rightfully regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the Shelby Cobra remains one of the most iconic and collectible cars ever made.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a very special Shelby Cobra. Not only is its excellent and fitting appearance in striking Princess Blue over Red worth noting, but this late-production 289 also boasts a rich history and great provenance, making it one of the finest examples left in existence.

Billed to Shelby American on September 15, 1964, CSX2570 left the AC works and sailed the Atlantic aboard the SS Diemerkyk. It then crossed the US by truck, to arrive at Shelby American for the final assembly process at their Venice Beach, California headquarters. CSX2570 was finished as it appears today, in beautiful Princess Blue over a sharp-looking Red interior, and was equipped with Class A accessories. Being a late production 289 car, CSX2570 was fitted with the Autolite electricals, Stewart-Warner gauges and the desirable rack-and-pinion steering arrangement.

Surely admired for its striking appearance, CSX2570 was elected to be one of the official Shelby American display cars at the 1965 New York Auto Show in March that year. During its time in the spotlight, the blue Cobra must have impressed tens of thousands who had come to the New York Coliseum to see the automotive world's latest offerings – the Shelby, among them, being one of the undisputed highlights. According to Shelby records and the Shelby Registry, CSX2570 remained in the Northeast and was shipped on April 14, 1965 to Berry Motors of Paramus, New Jersey. After some light detailing and service work was performed, CSX2570 was dispatched to nearby Caldwell, New Jersey based Ford agency, Verner-Cadby Inc.

By late 1965, local New Jersey resident Richard Larsen had seen the new 289 Cobra on the showroom floor, and he was smitten. Intrigued by the muscular yet svelte-looking sports car, Mr. Larsen consulted with his family for their opinions on his potential purchase of the Cobra. Although Larsen's brother thought it was a decidedly bad idea to purchase the quite impractical car, his son Philip was wholeheartedly into the idea of his father buying such a cool, fast and good-looking car. Larsen's son Philip even had a foresight in the to-be collector car market, and pointed out to the Larsen family that they would "never lose money on it."

Finally, on December 22, 1965, Richard Larsen took the sound advice of his son, and purchased CSX2570 for $6,450, plus the trade of his 1959 Oldsmobile Convertible. Even though Mr. Larsen stretched himself financially, the Cobra would later prove to be a very sound investment. Over the next two decades, father and son Larsen's would use CSX2570 on joyrides throughout the Northeast, making trips to local racetracks such as Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, Bryar and Marlboro, to watch the best racing drivers of the day race similar cars to the Cobra in sports car races.

On these memorable rides, the Larsen's experienced the significant performance of the 289 Cobra and reportedly on one occasion "buried the car's speedometer at an indicated 140 miles per hour in a deserted area of the New York State". Trips such as these ensured that encounters with the local law enforcement would be inevitable, yet the appeal of the classic blue Cobra was so strong that most officers just wanted a closer look.

In 1980, some 25 years after acquiring CSX2570, Richard Larsen passed the car down to Philip, a gesture of appreciation for his son's youthful foresight in the Cobra market. Philip Larsen would continue to use CSX2570, while keeping it up to date on the service and maintenance front, and therefore the car never required any significant restoration work. In 2011, Philip Larsen sold his family's prized Cobra to the consignor. At this point, CSX2570 was treated to delicate cosmetic refurbishments and mechanical maintenance, while great care was taken not to disturb CSX2570's originality and delightful patina.

Still retaining its original aluminum bodywork, chassis, engine and drive train, CSX2570 remains one of the best kept examples of the hallowed 289 Cobra model. The Princess Blue exterior has been refinished at some point in time, and the interior was refinished in the correct red color. Traces of the original factory-applied paint can still be found on the underside of the hood and trunk lid, and the car's chassis number can be found on the latches. Fitted with a new set of wire wheels (the original ones accompany the car), Stewart-Warner gauges, and most other factory-installed parts, CSX2570 differs very little form the day it left Shelby American for the New York Auto Show.

Offered with an exceptionally exciting history file, which includes the original purchase agreement from Verner-Cadby Ford, an invoice from AC Cars Ltd. to Shelby American, internal Shelby American shipping documents, the instruction book and various photos taken during the Larsen family's long-term ownership, CSX2570 boasts a pedigree rarely matched by any car of this age. Even the original cashed check that Mr. Larsen used to pay for the car nearly half a century ago remains with the car. Having benefited from decades of loving care by father and son, this late production, rack-and-pinion, New York Auto Show 289 Cobra is one of the finest examples of the iconic Shelby Cobra that we have had the privilege to offer.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1965.
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