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1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

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This incredible example of a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra is another proof of the great legacy that Carroll Shelby left behind.

By Henrik Malmberg | Automotive | 2016-02-27

In the early 1960s, there were two schools of thought concerning performance cars. American cars were known for their size, power, and straight line performance. Those from the other side of the Atlantic, on the other hand, were small and more focused on finesse through handling. A few companies, such as Allard, Cunningham, and Nash-Healey, believed that blending these two schools of thought would make for an incredible sports car, and they succeeded to some degree. However, none saw the level of success that Carroll Shelby and his Cobra achieved.

This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, going up on auction March 12 via RM Sotheby's is just as desirable as it was on the day the first example left Shelby’s facilities, and it is largely considered to be the most iconic American sports car ever produced. To many, the 289 is the ideal iteration of Carroll Shelby’s most famous car. With enough power to easily outrun modern traffic this is truly a wonderful automobile to be enjoyed out on the open road.

During its restoration, the engine was fully rebuilt by the Ford experts at Roush and the car was recently driven by an RM Sotheby’s specialist familiar with Shelby Cobras. His review on the car was that its amazing to drive and it runs and drives like no other Cobra. An expert on all things Shelby, he notes that this is certainly one of the nicest Cobras to be offered in recent memory. Not to bad of a review from an expert.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Photos: Darin Schnabel of RM Sothebys