1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000

It's certainly not the first Cobra to come up for auction this year. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000 is the very first Cobra, however. Built in a Santa Fe Springs garage by Carroll Shelby and some friends, it played a huge part in rewriting the American automotive landscape, combining Ford's powerful 260ci V8 with a lightweight, compact AC Ace chassis. Shelby's promotion of the car didn't hurt; he repeatedly repainted the car to make it look like he had more than one on hand, when in fact the CSX 2000 was the only Cobra in the world for seven months. In the years since, it has remained property of Shelby and his Trust, appearing at various events and at the Shelby Heritage Center, making it not only a historical artifact but the ultimate collector's car, as well.

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