The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction. Here’s why.
Car dealer and racing magnate Jim Click is selling his 1966 Ford GT40, 1969 and 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Ams, two 1964 Shelby 289 Cobras and a 1966 Shelby GT350. It’s safe to say that RM Auctions has a real treat for Ford fans in Monterey.
RM Auctions is offering 75 vehicles from the Andrews Collection, including rare American cars like Duesenbergs, a Cunningham and this 1963 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, which happens to be the first Cobra racing car sold to the public. Somebody call Jay Leno!
Here's a funny joke I like to tell about the Shelby Cobra: How do you know if one is real? The answer: It's not real. Actual, honest-to-God, non-replica Shelby Cobras are crazy rare and crazy expensive. And the ultimate Cobra just sold for a nice chunk of change at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.
The Shelby Cobra has celebrated its 50th anniversary at least twice now, but next year marks the introduction of the 427 model, and Shelby is building 50 new examples to commemorate the occasion, starting at just under $120k.
If they call you Mr. Cobra and Shelby American's younger staff used to ring you up for advice when it came to fixing old Cobras, you might just be the man with the grandest Cobra collection of them all. Shelby fans, this is your Mecca.
A reader got a chance to meet, and drive, one of his heroes: a Shelby Cobra replica. They ran into a little mechanical trouble on the road, but managed to get the car sorted again in time for supper. Here's his story.
If you ask anybody, really anybody, doesn't matter how young, old, short, tall, fat, thin, rich, or poor, what the prototypical "big engine, small car" vehicle is, they'll tell you it's the Shelby Cobra. It's one part little tiny AC Ace roadster, and two parts ridiculous big V8. As it should be.
There's not much to be said that hasn't already been said about the Shelby Cobra. It's an icon. A legend. Hell, it's the subject of a Bill Cosby album. And now it can be your wallpaper.
Stephen Becker, owner of Planet Cobra, an authorized reseller of those "new" Shelby Cobras old rich accountants love is alleging Shelby American engaged in numerous unscrupulous and underhanded practices with its dealer network in a lawsuit obtained by Jalopnik. The lawsuit also reveals just how much dealers pay for…
How did a lanky chicken farmer from Texas become the most recognizable speed merchant in America? By building some of the rawest performance machines ever made.
The story of how the co-owners of Classic Car Club Manhattan populated their garage of quirkpot classics is part of Jalopnik lore. Thus, their story — including how they keep all those temperamental bastards running well enough to drive every day — is a natural for the premiere episode of Jalopnik on DRIVE.
The fire that destroyed a Charlton, Mass.-based European car restoration shop this weekend resulted in the destruction of a dozen cars. Among them were Porsche 356s and 911s, a couple of Jaguar E-types, a 1930s Rolls Royce, and a Mercedes or two.
At face value, it might seem in bad taste to honor Carroll Shelby with a knockoff of the car that made him a household name in the mid-1960s. But what is it Charles Caleb Colton once said about imitation and flattery?
An unusual fire of an unusual car in an unusual place happened Monday, May 21 when a 1964 Shelby Cobra caught fire and burned inside the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel in Utah's Zion National Park. The tunnel is just over a mile long and cut through solid rock, with six open "windows" in the outer rock walls that give a…
If you only know the late Carroll Shelby for his tuner cars, you're missing an amazing story of how, during the mid-1960s, his little, nerd-filled race shop in Los Angeles helped Henry Ford II exercise his famous vendetta against Enzo Ferrari. Playboy editor A.J. Baime tells that story in his book, Go Like Hell: Ford,…
I don't know what's funnier, that Bill Cosby bumped into Carroll Shelby in a grocery store back in 1966 or so, or that he wrote one of the greatest comedy bits (about cars) of all time about what happened next.
This weekend's wreck of a polished aluminum Cobra left many wondering how someone could smash such an expensive car in a parking lot. Here's the amazing on-scene explanation with pictures showing how the car landed upside down in a creek.
A 57-year-old man was leaving a collegiate autocross event in Arlington, Texas when he lost control of his $200K aluminum Cobra and landed in a creek. The driver's okay, but this rescue video shows what happened to the car.