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  1. Shithead

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    The car that sparked an American motoring revolution: The 'most important sports car ever offered at auction' is set to make history as legendary race driver Carroll Shelby's original Cobra set to sell for $10million

    The car described as an American revolution will go under the hammer and is expected to cost the new owner millions of dollars.
    Legendary racer Carroll Shelby built the original Cobra in 1962 in a small garage in Santa Fe - and it is that very car on sale in August.
    The Cobra has become an iconic name among petrolheads with its success on both the track and the road.
    A Sotheby's spokesman said: 'It was an American Revolution, the likes of which had not been seen in almost 200 years.
    'After over 50 years of ownership and without ever leaving the care of its founding father, it is, without exception, the single most important and history-rewriting sports car ever offered at auction. The auction house is not revealing the Cobra's estimate, but it is expected to sell for in excess of $10million.
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    The real deal: Legendary racer Carroll Shelby built the original Cobra in 1962 in a small garage in Santa Fe - and it is that very car on sale in August
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    Off the grid: The car is described as an American revolution and is expected cost the new owner millions of dollars at auction
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    Talking about a revolution: Auctioneers Sotheby's have called it an American Revolution, the likes of which had not been seen in almost 200 years
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    Carroll Shelby (pictured right) – the man, the larger-than-life Texan, and the battle-tested racing veteran – fired a shot across the bow of every sports car manufacturer in the world and, in doing so, set the car world on fire with the Cobra
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    The Ace: Shelby used a powerful V8 Ford engine for the car, which was built around the modified chassis from a British-built AC Ace
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    Although it has had a fresh paint job, the car has maintained some original features
    'Carroll Shelby – the man, the larger-than-life Texan, and the battle-tested racing veteran – fired a shot across the bow of every sports car manufacturer in the world and, in doing so, set the car world on fire with the Cobra.
    'This Cobra, the very same car RM Sotheby’s is honored to present at Monterey in a few short weeks, is the cornerstone on which Shelby changed the course of automotive history.
    'It is the actual pen with which he signed his declaration of war and the idea upon which he built his company and revolutionized American racing – and the greater auto industry as a whole.
    'Supremely original and with extraordinary history, RM Sotheby’s celebrates this national treasure at its Monterey auction in August.'
    Le Mans race winner Carroll Shelby built his first Cobra in 1962 in California.
    He used a powerful V8 Ford engine for the car, which was built around the modified chassis from a British-built AC Ace.
    The result was a staggering sports car which could do 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and accelerate all the way to 153mph.
    To give the press the impression was in full swing, Shelby repainted the Cobra a different color for every event is was shown off at or any time a journalist was given a ride.
    But there was only one Cobra, known as CSX 2000, and it was kept from new by Shelby who owned the car until his death at the age of 89 in 2012.
    The Cobra, in its various forms, went onto be an incredibly successful car on the road and track.
    In 1964, racing driver Jack Sears drove an AC Cobra at 186mph on the M1 Motorway ahead of the Le Mans race that year.

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    Historical motor: 'It is, without exception, the single most important and history-rewriting sports car ever offered at auction,' say RM Sotheby's
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    Carroll's creation: The staggering sports car could do 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and accelerate all the way to 153mph
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    No roof, iconic bonnet: There was only one Cobra, known as CSX 2000, and it was kept from new by Shelby who owned the car until his death at the age of 89 in 2012
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    Bespoke: To give the press the impression was in full swing, Shelby repainted the Cobra a different colour for every event is was shown off at or any time a journalist was given a ride


    The iconic car, now owned by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, is regarded by many as the most important modern American car.
    The auction house is not revealing the Cobra's estimate, but it is expected to sell for in excess of £10 million.
    Shelby Myers, car specialist at RM Sotheby's, described CSX 2000 as a sports car 'without peers'.
    He said: 'Its historical significance and impact on the global sports car scene cannot be overstated
    'In the automotive world, CSX 2000 was the shot heard around the world - it revolutionized not only American racing, but the greater auto industry as a whole.
    'Had Carroll Shelby never decided to squeeze that high performance V-8 into it's engine bay, there would be no Cobra and certainly no Shelby American, nor GT40, nor the others that followed.
    'The automotive landscape and sports cars as we know them would be very different.'
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    Out on its own: In 1964, racing driver Jack Sears drove an AC Cobra at 186mph on the M1 Motorway ahead of the Le Mans race that year
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    Two-toned motor: The Cobra has become an iconic name among petrolheads with its success on both the track and the road, but seldom is the change to grab the absolute original
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    In the driver's seat: The new owner will re-write history when they turn the key in the legendary ignition
    Despite being almost 55-years-old, the car still has its original body, engine and interior and tatty leather seats.
    Over the years it has been featured in countless books and magazines, continually driven and critiqued in road tests.
    To commemorate the car's 50th anniversary in 2012, it took center stage at some of the country's most prominent events including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
    Since then, it has been on display at the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Joe Conway, co-trustee with Neil Cummings of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, said: 'Carroll and (RM boss) Rob Myers discussed Cobra £1 many times, and they were good friends.
    'Their agreement that Rob would offer the car for Carroll's Trust, after he was gone, was a very emotional one for both of them.'
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    Inside the beast: The iconic engine which set the template for so many great cars and the source of the Cobra's speed
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    Going once: RM Sotheby’s will present the car at Monterey in a few short weeks and will go on auction in August
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    Going twice: 'It is the actual pen with which he signed his declaration of war and the idea upon which he built his company and revolutionized American racing – and the greater auto industry as a whole,' say the auctioneers
     
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    I know he made chili. That seat is probably filled with farts.
     
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    I bet that thing goes for well over 10 million.
     
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    Ahem....car girls, too!
     
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    I was at Shelby America last July. The tour guide said it was worth $23M.
     
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    Agreed. That'll go nuts.

    I hope it doesn't end up in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait.
     
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    I'd be shocked if it goes under $20,000,000
     
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    Next to the E-Type Jag, the Cobra is the sexiest body type ever. Not a straight line on it. Perfection.
     
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    I'll take a '73 Stingray over anything in the world

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    :wtf:
     
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    Shart Garfunkel I brought the magic suitcase Gold

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    Saw it there too. Pretty cool to see in person.
     
  12. Shart Garfunkel

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    Why a '73? Unless you're being sarcastic, which I completely missed.
     
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    Agree. I saw on one of the car shows, can't remember which one, one of the Power Block shows, they did a comparison between an original 427 ci. '65 Cobra and one of the new kits, with a turbocharged 302 in it. The original was valued at something like a million dollars. It was still faster in a straight line, but the new one (not surprisingly) out performed it everywhere else. Steering, brakes etc. Very cool to see them side by side though.
     
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    I love the body design of the early 70's Corvettes. I knew someone who owned a green apple colored '73 model. Just a beautiful car to admire up close.
     
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    For me it would have to be a early(ish) 911

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    Shart Garfunkel I brought the magic suitcase Gold

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    Like the style, but the '73 was the beginning of the end of the performance era. They still offered the 454 but had begun de-tuning down to less than 300 hp I think. That's why I asked. 68-73 body style is cool though.
     
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    Shart Garfunkel I brought the magic suitcase Gold

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    My dream car is still a '63 Split Window. Fuel-injected 327. 4 speed. Also an E-type Jaguar.
     
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    I was surprised it wasn't more protected.
     
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    The performance era ended when the US backed Israel and the first "gas crisis" occurred. Was it worth it?
     
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    Yeah. I guess they figure only hardcore car people would be interested and too respectful to fuck with it.
     
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