1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra and 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra 'Dragonsnake' head to RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction. Watch the repreat stream here
RM Sotheby’s is preparing to kick of its 2016 auction season with a bang, offering almost 150 classic cars at its Arizona sale on 28-29 January. With a wide selection of big-hitting collector cars on offer, it’s the selection of world-class Shelby Cobra models that caught our eye.
First up is the 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, chassis CSX 3010. This is one of just 23 full competition-spec 427 Cobras built, and was originally supplied for road use, complete with lights and street exhaust. Painted in black with Gold stripes, this striking Cobra won the 1968 U.S. SCCA A Production Championship and later, the 1971 Canadian Endurance Championship, making it the only 427 Cobra to win championships in two countries.
A true-dual purpose automobile, it first landed with its current owner in 1978; he parted with the car in 1986 only to be reunited with it in 2007. A true dual-purpose car, it is a veteran of many historic racing events and 1000 mile tours. It’s estimated to sell for $2,500,000-$3,300,000.
Presented in an even more eye-catching magenta metal flake paint job, the next interesting Cobra is the 1963 289 ‘Dragonsnake’. This is one of just three Cobras independently prepared to ‘Dragonsnake’ specification, and CSX 2093 is the most successful drag-racing Cobra. It also won the award for ‘Best Sound’ at the 2015 Concours d’Elegance of America. This unique Cobra is expected to sell for $1,400,000-$1,600,000.
Although these are the wildest and most valuable Shelbys in the sale, there are other stunning examples of the breed at Arizona this year. CSX 2561 is a 1964 Cobra 289, offered in extremely original condition. This car (lot 219) was originally a factory demonstrator, and has an estimate of $950,000-$1,100,000.
Watch these, and many other exciting lots go under the hammer right here via evo.co.uk: