• Jan 13th 2011 at 2:01PM
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1963 Shelby Cobra CSX 2080 barn-find – Click above for image gallery

Some collectors wait years for something like this to turn up: a pristine, original 1963 Shelby Cobra. Chassis number CSX 2080 has been sitting untouched since 1981, and has had only two owners in its history. And now it's going up for auction.

The headline consignment for the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event held by the newly rechristened Auctions America by RM, this Cobra could very well be the find of the new year. Its body and interior are in remarkable condition for a car this age, and the original factory powertrain recently underwent a complete overhaul – kind of a necessity for a car that's been sitting still for nearly thirty years.

Pre-sale estimates place it around $425,000 (give or take a quarter-k), joined by such early consignments as a '32 Duesenberg, a 1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback and a 2005 Ford GT. The event takes place at the Broward County Convention Center on March 3-5, but you can scope out the details in the press release after the jump, along with the photos in the gallery below, right now.

[Source: Auctions America by RM]
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (January 12, 2011) - Now flying under the Auctions America by RM banner, the three-day Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale returns to the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center March 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2011 with an impressive range of automobiles and motorcycles, including a barn-find 1963 Shelby Cobra (CSX 2080), estimate: $425,000 - $475,000.

With only two private owners from new and parked since 1981, the matching-numbers CSX 2080 is one of the most original Cobras in existence. The red exterior and black interior of CSX 2080 have been left untouched, but the car is road ready having recently undergone a complete mechanical restoration of its factory-installed powertrain.

"We're going to kick start the hobby's spring season with an excellent show in Fort Lauderdale, featuring one of the most original Cobras on the planet," said Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. "The discovery of CSX 2080 represents an important collecting opportunity for automotive enthusiasts."

The Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction has built a reputation for its comprehensive offerings, spanning Brass Era motor cars, American classics, European sports cars and late model exotics.

Additional early highlights include a 1932 Duesenberg Model J DC Phaeton Murphy (estimate: $350,000 - $450,000) and a 2005 Ford GT (estimate: $140,000 - $160,000).

For complete event and consignment information for the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction, please call the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Office on +1 954-566-2209 or visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Really neat. Makes you wonder what else is out there waiting to be discovered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck of a find. I really like the 'Shift HERE' marker on the tach, along with the vintage decals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, the decals are by far my favorite part of this car.

        All of them add up to 100% vintage American badass-ness.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Cripes for 1/2 million $ they could have spared 83 cents and put some tire shine on that ol' barn rubber IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love seeing finds like this! Only thing thing about the Cobra cars though is that they've stopped being a machine collected by enthusiasts. That Cobra up there will go from a barn to a showroom in a rich guy's basement. Cobra enthusiasts will never even get a chance to smell it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Groza - many collectors don't. watch enough 'chasing classic cars' or talk to enough people at shows, meet ups, etc and you'll find a refreshingly large pool of collectors who don't keep cars they don't drive regularly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Pre-sale estimates place it around $425,000 (give or take a quarter-k)..."
      Pretty accurate estimate if it's only $250.00 off. Don't suppose the author meant quarter-M?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh. This is not going to end well. I smell a clone/counterfeit. Extremely well done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've heard that postwar barn finds were often due to the pressure that people had during the war to scrap their vehicle for the war effort. They'd sequester it under the hay instead.

      Not relevant to this Cobra, but I thought it was interesting.

      I've often been amused, driving around the countryside, at how often a farmer will leave just a teaser of his old car in the barn exposed to the highway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live near Ft. Lauderdale, I wanna see it in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      .....where are all of these barns?