The very first Shelby Cobra, CSX 2000, is heading to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction
What is arguably the most significant Shelby Cobra of all time, the very first example known as CSX 2000, will be offered at RM Sotheby’s next Monterey auction on 19-20 August. This first car was the one that legend Carroll Shelby put together in a small garage in Santa Fe, kickstarting what is one of the most iconic American model lines of all time.
This is also the first time that CSX 2000 has been offered for sale. Since it was built, the car remained in the ownership of Carroll Shelby and today it is offered by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. It’s difficult to value such an important car, and that’s probably why RM Sotheby’s hasn’t given an estimate just yet.
Starting with a relatively humble British sports car – the AC Ace – Shelby managed to shoehorn Ford’s latest 260ci V8 engine into the mildly modified chassis, and the result was devastating. While the Cobra evolved and changed over the years, the concept never changed. Often copied over the years, with numerous kit cars attempting to replicate the very thing that this car created.
In its early years, CSX 2000 was used by Shelby for testing and development work, shown at various events across the US, as well as being used for press demonstrations.
‘When it comes to American sports cars, CSX 2000 is without peers. Its historical significance and impact on the global sports car scene cannot be overstated,’ says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.
‘Carroll and Rob Myers discussed Cobra #1 many times, and they were good friends. Their agreement that Rob would offer the car for Carroll’s Trust, after he was gone, was a very emotional one for both of them,’ states Joe Conway, Co-Trustee with Neil Cummings of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. ‘Neil Cummings and I are now simply carrying out Carroll’s wishes, with no disrespect meant to the other individuals who meant so much to Carroll and did so much for his business and his Foundation over the years.’