The car that sparked the “American motoring revolution” just sold for $12.5 million. The first Cobra sports car built by Texas racing legend, Carroll Shelby, made history again, this time at RM Sotheby’s Auction in Monterey, California.
Shelby had retired from racing by the time he created the first Cobra in 1962. And his ingenuity was genius: he “shoehorned a 260-cubic-inch Ford V8 between the wheel wells of a British-made AC Ace.” Bob Sorokanich writes for Road&Track:
“When that engine met that body, a legend was born.”
The CSX 2000 became the development prototype for the Shelby empire. This car never left Shelby’s hands. He maintained it until he died in 2012.
The Houston Chronicle reports that this Cobra is “the most ever paid for American-made car” in history.
Shelby was convinced that Ford could beat the rival GM Corvette.