LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra.
Debuting at the 1962 New York automobile show with a bare aluminum finish completed by hand with steel wool, the first Shelby Cobra captured the full attention of both the public and the motoring press. Carroll Shelby himself was already a LeMans winning race car driver, and the 289 Cobra forged his reputation as a world-class manufacturer of sports cars as well. Although the first batch of Shelby Cobra road cars were powered by Ford's 260 cu in. V8, once the 289 cu in. was introduced to production, after chassis CSX2075, upgrades were constantly being implemented at AC cars and Shelby American. Rack and pinion steering, improved rear axle ratios, superior Stewart Warner gauges, Ford electrics and revised body emblems all made the 289 Cobra a better built sports car. The collector market and those who chose to drive their Cobras both place a high value on these late 289s as they are more collectible and a much improved driving experience. This 289 Shelby Cobra is one of those later production cars with all of the mentioned desirable upgrades carried out on the assembly line in late 1963/early 1964.
This Cobra was billed by AC cars to Shelby American on 2/24/1964. Shelby American invoiced it to Chermer Motor Company of Washington, DC on 4/8/1964. The dealer was invoiced for: Cobra Red/Black - $5195.00, “Class A accessories”; WSW tires, luggage rack, less chrome exhaust tips, wind wings, seat belts ($233.50), outside rear view mirror ($4.20), antifreeze ($3.55) and freight ($310.00). The first owner was a man by the name of Dodge Olmstead, of Virginia who made the purchase on 10/29/1964. An avid Cobra man, Dodge traded in the Cobra to Archway Motors of Baltimore towards a different Cobra on 2/12/1966. After just a handful of careful owners over the next 20 years, one of which included the very well respected Cobra expert Bill Kemper. It was purchased by Seymour Levin of Pennsylvania in 1986 and Mr. Levin kept the car under his care for the next 24 years, until 2010, when Legendary Motorcar was able to purchase this unique, unrestored Cobra from him. At this point, Legendary Motorcar gave this Cobra a light mechanical freshening, ensuring the original drivetrain was in top condition. LMC sold the car to an enthusiastic lady who would use and enjoy the car just the way it was. After her term of ownership, LMC was contacted and repurchased the car. The decision was made to perform a proper restoration on this wonderfully original late production Cobra. Now, this Shelby Cobra looks brand new, or as some would say, even better than new. It has been finished in its factory original Red color, which shines like it did 50 years ago. The interior looks just as it did when it was completed by the factory, the engine compartment and trunk are clean, detailed, and like new. Much like the original drivetrain, the aluminum body is the true original skin affixed by AC cars back in 1964. LMC has several bare metal photos of the original body during its restoration. Moving inside, the Stewart Warner gauges are very clear and the factory wood steering wheel has just the right about of patina for a 50 year old Cobra.
This very special factory original cobra comes completely and fully documented with its factory invoice from AC Cars to Shelby American, invoice from Shelby American to the original selling dealer in Washington DC, and it is of course listed in the Shelby American World Registry pages 59 and 210.
This is a very rare and unique opportunity to be able to purchase a late rack and pinion cobra with an original drivetrain, original body, original chassis and have full ownership history. It is complete with full documentation and is finished in its original desirable factory colors with a wonderful restoration. Do not miss this unique chance to own one of the world's most recognized global sports cars.