A 1965 289 Shelby Cobra (Lot #704) will be sold at No Reserve by the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company on October 10, 2009. The Shelby roadster, CSX2568, is one of only 687 built from 1962-1965 and will be one of the stars for its 2nd annual Las Vegas event on October 7-10, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
“Shelby American’s Cobras captured the world’s attention and this nation’s imagination when they conquered Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche and Aston Martin,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman/CEO, Craig Jackson. “With such a small number built in the 1960s, few will have the privilege to own one of these iconic cars. Because we’ve sold some of the most desirable Cobras ever to roll out of Shelby American, like Carroll Shelby’s personal Super Snake, people who are serious about these roadsters come to Barrett-Jackson. They know it’s the best opportunity for a ‘no stories’ Cobra to exchange hands with real buyers at true market value.”
When initially delivered to the California dealer, the Cobra’s original 271 horsepower engine was upgraded by the dealer to the 306 hp option. This consisted of a Holley 715cfm center pivot carburetor, a Cobra high rise manifold, tubular Balanger headers and an aluminum Cobra 6-quart oil pan, all of which are still on this as-originally-equipped car. Original style Dunlop racing tires on chrome Borranis wire wheels come with the car. All numbers on the chassis, engine, transmission and differential are correct and original.
CSX2568 is one of the later rack and pinion cars that were lauded for their handling prowess. The Cobra was restored to its original Princess Blue with red leather interior. CSX2568 has the original California black license plates and registration tags that expired in 1972. The original California title and pink slip also come with the Cobra.