Monday, August 8, 2016

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster: Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,250,000



  • CSX2549
  • According to the Shelby Registry, fewer than 20 small block Cobras were built with the C4 Automatic
  • Invoiced on January 28, 1965 to Reynolds Motor Company in Los Angeles, California
  • Factory correct Silver/Red color combo
  • Class A accessories
  • Automatic transmission and chrome wire wheels
  • Reynolds was unable to sell the car and asked to return it to Shelby American for credit against future GT350 orders
  • Returned to Shelby American inventory in California in August of 1965
  • Invoiced to Hi Performance Motors and sold it circa 1967 to Marv Tonkin Ford
  • Tonkin sold the car to Jim Farmer of Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Sold in 1978 to Monte Shelton of Portland, Oregon
  • Acquired by auto collector and journalist Jerry Heasley in 1988
  • Heasley commissioned Wayne Davis to refinish the car in original Silver
  • 289 CI engine
  • Red leather interior
Carroll Shelby’s impact on the automobile is almost immeasurable. He won in almost every form of motorsport he attacked, excelling as a driver and then as a manufacturer and racing team manager. He also redefined the sports car with the 289 Cobra, a lightweight hybrid that married AC’s Ace roadster with Ford’s all-new thinwall V-8 engine. Once Shelby’s chief engineer Phil Remington and driver Ken Miles sorted the combination, the Cobra proved a terror in competition, immediately trailering the new-for-1963 Corvette Sting Ray and eventually winning the World Manufacturers Championship in Daytona Coupe form.

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