289ci K-Code V8
For Sale at the St Louis Car Museum is the very first CSX8000 Series slab-side Cobra 289 S/R ever produced! This collector car is listed in World Registry of Cobras and GT40s and is fully documented from new, the all-aluminum #CSX8001 comes with a host of paperwork and signed MSO and Certificate of Authenticity from Carroll Shelby himself. This 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 For Sale is powered by a 1965 date-coded 289ci K-code V8, 5-speed Tremec, and 3.54 axle and is also fitted with hidden air conditioning. A must have for any serious car collector! Carroll Shelby will always be known for racing some of the most powerful cars of the era, and ultimately becoming an icon of the industry by finding performance in places others simply couldn\'t. His quest for power generally started under the hood, and not just horsepower, but torque. Put the right combination in the right platform, and you win races! Winning races is what Carroll Shelby enjoyed the most! In the early 1960s, the English auto manufacturer, AC, operated by Charles Hurlock, built the Ace which was a strong performer in its 24 hours at Lemans in the 2 Liter class. The car utilized a beautifully sculpted alloy body, ladder type tube chassis, and a fully independent transverse leaf-spring suspension. Having adopted a Ford 6-cylinder by 1961, the performance caught the attention of speed junky Shelby, who approached Mr. Hurlock with the idea of upping the ante to a Ford V8 to really see how the car could perform. The Ace would be renamed the Cobra in 1962 with a Ford V8 under the hood. A legend was born for Shelby, and the Cobra took its first Lemans GT Class win by 1964! Today these small block Cobras seem to have been all but lost in a world of big block 427ci performance. To find a Cobra For Sale in early slab-side form from which they were born is more difficult today. Shelby American finally acknowledged this fact in 2011 with the introduction to the limited production of 50th Anniversary CSX8000 Series 289ci street versions. They sold quickly, in both fiberglass and hugely expensive aluminum form, to eager buyers and car collectors worldwide. This may have been in part from the determination of the man you will learn about behind this very car, the very first one ever built and acknowledged in the Shelby registry as CSX8001! Many will say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and it holds true for Shelby enthusiast, Robert Kennedy, or Phoenix, AZ. He began his efforts in the mid-1990s with pestering Carroll Shelby and the team at Shelby American to build him a 289 cubic inch slab side roadster. Priorities with 427ci orders seemed to dictate the path of the shop, so Mr. Kennedy was left with the answer of No many times. So after a trip to the facility in both 1996 & 1997, with a Shelby team ready to redirect his desire to a 427 version instead, he finally decided to leave them an interesting proposition. Payment in full, by check, for a 289ci Street Roadster and a note: You cash this check, you owe me the car! To his surprise, the check cleared his account in September 1997, but the tooling for this desired slab side body of his dreams would continue to be placed on hold. Mr. Kennedy would put mounting pressure on Shelby nearly after 2 years of waiting by visiting the workshop. Shelby\'s team would be in full swing with a fully reinforced tube chassis\' for a new line of FIA race cars utilizing the original track savvy tubular triangular chassis improvements of the original Daytona Coupe. With this news, he realized his small block car had yet to even start production. Maintaining utmost composure, Mr. Kennedy was able to convince Carroll Shelby and staff that his paid in full contribution two years earlier should elevate his status to get in line behind me! With this agreed acknowledgment, Shelby confessed that they simply didn\'t have the time to retool the forms to produce the fiberglass slab side body he so badly wanted. Another solution then presented it
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Established in 1991, the St. Louis Car Museum & Sales has provided motorcars, motorcycles and airplanes to collectors and enthusiasts around the globe. Our variety of inventory is a testament to our passion for special interest vehicles of all kinds.
We actively buy, sell, and trade everything from antiques and classics to muscle cars and European sports cars, vintage motorcycles, airplanes, and automobilia. All vehicles are displayed in our 50,000 square foot carpeted and climate controlled showroom in St. Louis, Missouri just 5 minutes from Lambert International airport. Please call before arriving- vehicles may be viewed Monday thru Saturday by appointment only.
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