1965 SHELBY CSX - $135,000
The Shelby Cobra is a car that just sounds right, feels right, defines an era and the idea that if you wanted to go racing and win, you could do it on your own terms with your own ideas. It is a car that revolves around the legacy of a chicken farmer turned into a racecar driver, and a racecar driver who gave the world a car company. Carroll Shelby's cars continue to create demand within the collector car market place over 50 years later. Genuine period built examples are on an ever-upward trajectory and remain a blue-chip edition to any collection. It is no surprise that purely on the demand for these cars that a plethora of recreations, kit cars, and the like have been produced over the past 35+ years to offer an alternative price point with similar ownership experience.
Naturally no one can build a better car than Shelby American, thus the Continuation series of cars is arguably the best Shelby Cobra built in a contemporary context. Offering genuine well-built cars from original blueprints, enhanced in every way without sacrificing a single original element in its final presentation. The CSX8000 cars are built to order and completed to the highest standards possible to replicate the original Slab Side cars that started it all.
The example on offer, CSX8036 was ordered by its current and only owner, in August of 2012 from Shelby American via HRE Motorcars of Freeport, NY. It was ordered as a fiberglass example, well optioned with both the heater/defroster option as well as the upgraded S/C Interior, in Red Leather/Trim. The color chosen was Light Silver. Once completed by Shelby American as a roller CSX8036 was entrusted to Lawrence Racing Engines of Westhampton Beach, NY to build a top tier, best of the best yet period correct appearing 289 V8, stroked to 331Ci. Mated to a Tremec TKO 5-Speed, which is connected to a Salisbury Rear (3.73). Exact engine specifications, dyno sheet, and build record are available in the View Documents section. Noted Cobra Restorer Billy Andrews of HRE Motorcars continued the completion of CSX8036 right down to options such as belts, mats, a car cover, top, side curtains and tonneau which were all added to the order to round out the car as 100% complete. The Shelby Certificate of Origin states a final delivery of December 11th, 2012 marking this example as the 36th CSX8000 series car to be delivered. However exact completion and delivery to customer was not completed until June 19th 2013 with only 70 miles showing on the odometer.
Post-production, CSX8036 received proper sorting and enjoyment working out any and all teething issues. Receipts are present for nearly $18,000+ and all efforts are documented in a ledger from new to current (All receipts and ledger available for review in the View Documents section). They include minor adjustments to the drivetrain and upgrading related components as well as electrical components, as needed. More original type gauges/switches on the interior were replaced as well. Ultimately nothing was overlooked and only the highest level of attention to detail was taken in the care of CSX8036 from new to the current 6,426 miles shown on the odometer. It is safe to say and has been reported by the owner that the car is fully sorted, free of any known defects and operates, in every capacity, as expected; a truly turnkey example.
In reviewing the cosmetic condition we see a consistent factory finish (original paint) throughout the entire car. Further protected by a clear bra on the front of the nose, rear wheel arches, rockers, and rear deck behind the seats. All of the common places one may find blemishes from continued use. There are no real notable flaws to be found in the finished anywhere on the exterior. All gaps and panel fitment are superb, the rubber, glass, and bright work all showing as new.
The interior is contrasting and well suited to the car. Showing only signs of light use, with no noted flaws to speak of. The fit and finish of all elements are of a very high standard and match or exceed what would have been offered in 1965. Everything appears correct, everything works, and overall it brings about the feeling of a real Shelby in every respect.
The engine bay is also tidy and free from any stray wiring or other related inconsistencies. The build quality shows best in this area of the car, thorough, careful and complete with no shortcuts. The Shelby Automobiles, Inc. plaque showing prominently in the right location and even the correct stickers are reproduced and correctly placed throughout the engine bay. There are no leaks or issues to note beyond some minor detailing that could be completed as needed. The trunk is of the same consistency, correctly constructed and finished as close to original with a matching spare in its place. The underside shows signs of use only from the perspective that it could have further detailing to be perfect once again. There are no noted flaws, leaks, or real issues of any kind apparent beyond a few minor chips; to be expected.
In summation CSX8036 provides an exceptional opportunity for the collector who seeks a genuine Cobra experience but prefers room in the budget to enjoy other cars as well. It may not be the real thing, but you would never know it while going from 2nd to 3rd gear at 5,800 RPM. It truly is an exception experience, one that Carroll Shelby himself signed off on. Included in the sale is a comprehensive owners manual, detailed records including a copy of the warranty card and Certificate of Origin. Full weather gear is also included (top, tonneau, side curtains). An opportunity worth much consideration and a must have for any collection.
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- 6700 Miles
- RefCode: TA1102270