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1965 Shelby Cobra

289
RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2021
Saturday, 22 May 2021
$967,500
Sale Price
$850,000 - $950,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
22 May 2021
Sold Date
171
Lot Number
#2
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. CSX2547. Black over black leather. 289/306hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Pirelli P4 tires, grille and trunk guards, wind wings.

Evaluation: Replacement 289 engine and T10 gearbox. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. The only evidence of use is a barely stretched driver’s seat cushion. The engine compartment is pristine and they’ve even retained the factory-style leaf spring twine wrapping.

Bottom Line: One of many Cobras claiming Shelby American demonstrator status but impressively restored by Mike McCluskey to like new appearance and specifications. The replacement engine and gearbox take a whack at the value but the bidders allowed for that, as did RM in the pre-sale estimates. This is a choice Cobra at a responsible price.

by Rick Carey
8 June 2021
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