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]
BARN-FIND SHELBY COBRA TO FIND LIGHT OF DAY AT 'COLLECTOR CARS OF FORT LAUDERDALE' AUCTION
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.