Shelby is celebrating the company's 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the performance gurus rolled out the very first Cobra ever constructed.

Assembled by Carol Shelby himself, the roadster is the very first pairing of an AC Ace and Ford V8 engine. Shelby first opted to slide a 221 cubic-inch eight-cylinder under the hood before later switching to a 260 cube engine tuned to around 260 horsepower. He beefed up components like the chassis tubes, spindles, rear differential and springs to build a car capable of handling the uptick in power.

Flash forward 50 years, and the CSX2000 looks surprisingly good. Gentle tears on the seats, a well-worn shifter and flawed paint lend the impression that this beast is in perfectly unmolested condition. Consider us in love. Currently, the first in a long line of snakes is valued at around $20 million, though Shelby himself says he has no intention of selling the vehicle any time soon. We can't blame the guy.


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      Jef
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ rmkenaington Carrol Shelby,Henry Ford,Harley Earl,Ferrari,Aston Martin,Lamborghini and so so many more. I guess that Toyota you drive clouds your vision.
      A business man!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful and historic. 'Nuff said. Hats off to Carroll.
      Big Daddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure in my youth to have ridden and to have driven a couple of the Shelby GT versions later on in the 60s. Man they had power to spare. True works of art.
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Big Daddy
        Hey, you're using my name! WTF
          Randy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Randy
          I never drove or rode in one but I did touch one even though the sign said "keep your fn hands off this million dollar original Cobra" in the showroom of an Aston / Exotic dealership. :) It was just a light touch and I used the back of my fingers to I didn't get skin oils on it.
      mawhalen53
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car is in excellent shape, and the worn seats really give it some character. Thanks for sharing. I plan on making my way up to the Rolex Historic races in Monterey where they are spotlighting the 50th birthday of the Cobra...
      pjchilds
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to read an article written by someone who knows the facts. About a year ago I read an article written by "an automotive expert" which claimed Lee Iaccoca invented the Cobra and Shelby American only built them for him. I was so angry over that stinking mound of BS lies I thought I would explode.
        sundude
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pjchilds
        Well, don't give the author too much credit or applause. He wasn't able to spell CARROLL SHELBY's name correctly. CAROL = girl CARROLL = guy
      Kathe
      • 3 Years Ago
      The entire story is focused on a man whose name the writer can't even SPELL correctly!!! That is beyond believable! The subject of the story is CARROLL Shelby, not Carol. This will be my last stop at the Huffington Post. If you can't get the spelling of your subject's name right, how in the world can we put any trust in your having any of the OTHER facts of a story correct???
      Lance
      • 3 Years Ago
      At a Shelby convention a few years ago I got to meet Carroll Shelby and he is a truely nice guy.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd get killed in a car like that!
      Unknown Sender
      • 3 Years Ago
      its only $20 million? the freaking original??? get a good freeeeee look folks. next time you see this amazing piece of art, Shelby might not be alive, it will be worth $50M! and you will only be able to see it for a fee! this is how a car looks when you pour sexy all over it! even the color choice is perfect! i spose theres truth in the saying "going fast just sitting still". My hats off to Mr Shelby, his team, Ford, and AC for furthering a sport in which i personally recieved alot of enjoyment from. its truely an honor that your business has served the community, and more specifically the racing industry itself, for 50 years. i can only wish you the best of luck for 50 more years! looking forward to seeing just what youll come up with next! gonna be hard to top this gem of a car though.
      mrgem
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've gotten so tired of seeing kit cars with big-block Cobra bodywork. Even the very well done ones have started to bore me. It is refreshing to see this genuine AC small block car. And the fact that it is the original prototype Cobra makes it that much nicer. What an incredible piece of history! I hope this car generates interest in the original small block cars...They really were stylish -- as well as being fierce competitors on road courses.
      wstep1964
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stingrays and Jags were so far behind I took my Cobra out of gear and let her coast to the line
      jmartincorning
      • 3 Years Ago
      ERA offers a very nice replica kit of the original 260/289 FIA AC Cobra non-flared body style. A refreshing change from the 427 style replicas.
        Lance
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jmartincorning
        Peter(ERA owner) does have some great kits.I have helped build 5 so far and they are sweet.They also have a GT40 that is exact to the original.
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