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Lot 14

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra

SOLD $1,320,000

Estimate

$950,000 - $1,100,000

Chassis

CSX 2433

Car Highlights

Extensive Period SCCA Race History
Exceedingly High-Level Restoration by Canepa
Campaigned at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Goodwood Revival
Perfect Candidate for Prestigious Vintage Racing Events
Offered with Le Mans Hardtop and Spare Engine

Technical Specs

289 CID OHV Hi-Po V-8 Engine
Four Weber Downdraft Carburetors
Estimated 350 BHP
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

Douglas Casey, Chesterton, IndianaDodge Olmstead, Vienna, Virginia (acquired from the above)Brooke Perkins, Arlington, Virginia (acquired from the above circa 1966)Dave Johnson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (acquired from the above in 1968)Daniel Schott, Oshkosh, Wisconsin (acquired from the above in 1969)Steve Mondloch, Kaukauna, Wisconsin (acquired from the above circa 1973)Jack Ruscilli, Columbus, Ohio (acquired from the above in January 1990)Bill Jacobs, Joliet, Illinois (acquired from the above in 1990)Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, California (acquired in 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Extensive SCCA Race History in PeriodSCCA Nationals, Marlboro Motor Raceway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 1967 (1st in Class)Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Laguna Seca, August 2012Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex, England, September 2014

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2012 (Second in Class)

For sports car enthusiasts, the Shelby Cobra is an icon, and this superb 1964 289 is an extraordinary legacy of its creator, Carroll Shelby.

Shelby raced Fords, MGs, Allards, Austin-Healeys, Ferraris, Listers, and Maseratis, set records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, was named Sports Illustrated’s 1957 Driver of the Year, and won Le Mans in an Aston Martin DBR1 in 1959. He stopped racing in 1961 because of health issues, but this allowed him to pursue his long-held dream of building his own sports car.

In September 1961, Shelby learned that AC Cars of England had lost its engine source for its two-seat Ace roadster. Shelby and AC owner Charles Hurlock agreed that AC would continue to build its Ace chassis as the basis for a Shelby sports car, to be powered by a Ford 260 V-8. The Shelby Cobra was born.

AC began shipping its aluminum-bodied roadsters to Carroll Shelby’s Venice, California, headquarters, where they received the Ford V-8 power plant along with chassis and suspension reinforcements. The beautiful lightweight English body mated with a powerful Ford V-8 created an absurd power-to-weight ratio. It was a match made in sports car heaven. Driver Dave MacDonald scored the Cobra’s first win at Riverside Raceway in February 1963. From there, the fearsome Cobras dominated SCCA racing throughout 1963 and 1964.

This 1964 Cobra, CSX 2433, is a 289 model, produced from 1963 to 1965. 289 Cobras were upgraded with Ford’s more powerful small block V-8 engine, and later examples featured responsive rack and pinion steering.

Built by AC in May 1964, CSX 2433 was completed by Shelby American in Vineyard Green with black interior and shipped to McAnary Ford in Gary, Indiana, in August 1964. By 1966, it had been purchased by Brooke Perkins, who modified the car to competition specs. During his ownership, CSX 2433 was raced at Lime Rock, Summit Point, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, and other venues. In 1967, the car won 1st in Class at the SCCA Nationals at Marlboro in Maryland.

By 1969, CSX 2433 had been purchased by SCCA racer Daniel Schott of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He raced the car at Elkhart Lake, the Michigan International, Atlanta, St. Louis, Mid-Ohio, and Brainerd, to name a few.

Around 1973, the Cobra was acquired by Steve Mondloch of Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Mr. Mondloch restored CSX 2433, returning it to street trim. He owned the car until 1990, when it was sold to Jack Ruscilli of Columbus, Ohio. A short while later, it was acquired by noted collector Bill Jacobs of Joliet, Illinois, and eventually made its way to the Blackhawk Collection in Danville, California.

CSX 2433’s next owner, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California, is well known for his world-class restorations. Mr. Canepa purchased the car in 2011 and chose to return it to competition trim. His intent was to create a concours-winning show car and a highly competitive racer. CSX 2433 was completely disassembled and painstakingly restored, finished in a breathtaking deep blue. Its black interior is enhanced by a full complement of gauges, a single hoop roll bar, and Simpson racing belts. Its Traco-built 289 breathes through four Weber carburetors. Power transfers through a Ford T10 top loader transmission to a Dana 44 rear axle containing 4.27:1 gears. It is a potent and beautiful package.

Following this restoration, CSX 2433 was shown at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours, where it was awarded Second in Class. In 2012, it was raced at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. The current owner has successfully campaigned it at the Goodwood Revival wearing its magnificent Le Mans hardtop, which is included in this sale.

This wonderful Cobra is truly one of the best in existence. It presents its new owner the opportunity to compete on the world’s most prestigious show fields and in the most exclusive vintage racing events.