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Feast your eyes upon the first Shelby Cobra ever made

This little piece of history is being sold out of Shelby's collection for the first time, and something tells me it won't go for cheap.

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Andrew Krok
Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
1 of 21 RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby's is calling this the most important modern American automobile.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
2 of 21 RM Sotheby's

It's only an American automobile because Carroll Shelby had the wise idea to shove a V-8 into a British AC Ace chassis. The result is the first-ever Shelby Cobra.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
3 of 21 RM Sotheby's

This, in fact, is the first-ever Cobra, with a chassis number of CSX 2000.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
4 of 21 RM Sotheby's

The car was built in a California shed in 1962.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
5 of 21 RM Sotheby's

CSX 2000 has lived a long life, serving as a press loaner, a marketing tool and a development mule.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby convinced folks that he was making multiple cars by painting CSX 2000 over and over again, for different events.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
7 of 21 RM Sotheby's

Sporting a 0-to-60 time of 4.2 seconds, the Cobra was brutally quick for its day, despite having just 260 horsepower.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
8 of 21 RM Sotheby's

The car has been with the Shelby estate for its entire life.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Its current home is the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
10 of 21 RM Sotheby's

Don't expect to walk away from auction with this car for anything less than a princely sum.

Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
11 of 21 RM Sotheby's
Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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Shelby Cobra CSX 2000
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