1965 Shelby American Cobra for Russo and Steele 10th Anniversary Monterey Auction

. June 5, 2010

Monterey, CA – Located in the heart of the historic downtown Monterey at the Marriott Hotel Russo and Steele will showcase over 250 collector automobiles to the thousands of enthusiasts that descend on Monterey during what has become known as one of the most prestigious week’s in the collector automobile hobby. A range of the most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles will cross the block this August 12-14, 2010 as part of Russo and Steele’s 10th Anniversary Monterey auction event.

A feature of the 10th Anniversary auction event is this late production MK I – or as some refer to it, a “289,” 1965 Cobra CSX 2461. Every aspect of this outstanding piece of American automotive history was fastidiously restored with the ultimate in attention to detail, impeccable craftsmanship and a fanatical devotion to originality.

Accompanied by a well documented ownership history in the new Shelby American World Registry and in the prestigious collection of Mr. Otis Chandler (of the Los Angeles Times) featuring completely original sheet metal and original chassis, this is a genuine “no stores” Cobra. A comprehensive file of detailed restoration photos shows a 100% original “skin” aluminum bodywork and chassis in bare metal configuration. The over two year restoration attended to every conceivable detail, from an NOS clock and full gauge restoration of the original Stuart Warner gauges to the correct grain and contours of the original interior. From the highly detailed engine bay (featuring unique aluminum covered foot boxes) and the cosmetically dramatic election of the restorer to equip the “jewelry” of Weber carburetors to the highly detailed trunk or “boot” with the correct white gel coated fiberglass spare tire well, correct jack, and original top bows, top, side curtains and original cover.

The roll bar and color combination and side exit exhaust having been installed when this Cobra was almost brand new, the restorer elected to retain these accouterments during the fastidious refurbishment process. From the original (not reproduction) wheel knock off hubs to the NOS grease gun – the correct and original “grained” Cobra emblems to the original restored 16” steering wheel – from the “ultra-rare” accessory wood shift knob to the correct rivets in the owner’s manual in the glove box, minute details abound. In addition, the chassis main tubes have been reinforced to alleviate the “bending” or flex of any original Cobra.

Please visit www.russoandsteele.com to view a variety of featured consignments. For additional information or images please contact Stephanie Quinn at Stephanie@russoandsteele.com

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles is one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions; specializing in the world’s finest European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Its three auctions each year attract clients all over the globe not only because of its reputation for stellar collector automobiles, but also unique auction experiences unattainable at any other collector car auction in the world. Its auction events take place with its signature auction in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, Monterey, California in August and South Florida in March. Additional information please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

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