It’s no secret that Shelby Cobra is one of the most sought-after cars for collectors of classic vehicles. The retro ride rarely pops up for sale, and it’s nearly impossible to get one mint-condition. Lucky for you, we’ve found a stunning exception to that rule.
This impeccably restored 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 is heading to the Mecum Indy 2020 auctions in June, which gives you just enough time to make room in your garage. Penned by late, great American racer Carroll Shelby, the 1963 model took inspiration from the original Cobras (built between 1962 and 1967) but incorporated a Fairlane V-8, 289 cu engine. This gives the svelte beauty the ability to punch out an impressive 270 horses.
This particular example started off as a demonstration model, appearing in various showrooms and exhibitions throughout the swinging ‘60s. Then it was snapped up by drag racer Tony Fisher, who turned the blue car gold and kick-started its career on the track. The Cobra changed hands between different racers—scoring a NASCAR Gold Cup Championship along the way—before finally ending up with a collector from Oregon in 1985.
This Shelby devotee embarked on an extensive restoration process to get the racer back to her former showroom glory. Over a 12-year period beginning in 2006, the car was returned to as-new condition. The shell was repainted in the original Guardsman Blue, the interior and exhaust were refitted and new Weber downdraft carburetors were equipped.
One of only 580 built between ‘63 and ‘65, the rare ride comes with extensive documentation that includes an event program signed by the late Carroll Shelby himself.
“This superb Shelby Cobra was enjoyed as Carroll Shelby intended, as both a racer and a sport car, and it offers its new owner the opportunity to carry that tradition into countless new driving adventures,” the auction house writes on its website.
If that sounds like you, the 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 will be up for auction at Mecum Indy 2020 from June 23 to 28.
Check out more pics of the coveted Cobra below: